Al-Salaat Amood Al-Deen
Sr Nahla Abbas
Have you ever wondered why some of you pray and feel you have no outcome
and do not feel anything? Salaah you find is just too boring or
Salaah is Amood Al dean (Pillar of our religion). Life will collapse
without communication between us and Allah SWT we have this salaah
without it our life will be shattered and lost. Salaat is the very first
foundation of our deen, if this is taken very lightly and is therefore
not accepted from us then our other actions (amaals) will not be
accepted such as charity and going to Hajj. We need to start with
communication with Allah Swt then we can go towards other things.
Reasons why some of us are bored with salaah or feel nothing is because
the way we perform the salaah is wrong and also we do not have the right
approach to salaah. Salaah is the soul meaning of salvation. Salaat is a
way of elevating our selfís and reaching the HIGHEST position. The WRONG
is within our selves not the problem being the salaat.
This is a big problem thatís why most of us do not enjoy salaah and find
WHAT IS THE SOLUTION......
There are certain conditions that if we get through these we will find
salaat very beautiful and we will enjoy every prayer.
Submittance to God
[23:1] Successful indeed are the believers,
قَدْ أَفْلَحَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ
Who are humble in their prayers
الَّذِينَ هُمْ فِي صَلَاتِهِمْ خَاشِعُونَ
The successful people are the ones who observe khushu' (true submittance
to Allah). This does not come at the time of prayers but before. If you
have avoided before salaah falsehood such as backbiting laqwaa you will
be prepared for salaah and will achieve khushu'. But if you have just
been backbiting etc. then when you start your prayer you will not be
able to achieve true khushu'.
Preparation for Salaah.
You have to keep your soul and mouth clean. When you say some think bad
your mouth becomes contaminated as the Shaytan has infiltritated your
mind and you canít focus enough on your salaah without true purity. You
have to be pure as Allah Swt is pure.
Food we eat before prayer time also effects our mind, body and soul and
the rest of our deeds. Muhammed said;
..'For forty days one single unlawful bite will stay in our
bodies and for that your prayers and your dua will not be accepted'.
Your stomach must be pure.
Approach to salaah with full energy and enthusiasm.
Just how we get excited when the night before where going to go on
holiday abroad and we canít sleep we need that energy and excitement
when we pray before Allah Swt.
The true sprit of our prayers and the value of salaah is our sincerity.
Our internal essence of salaah is the sprit of ikhlaas that must be
dedicated to Allah Swt. If you show off to please someone next to you
this will invalidate your salaah.
Awareness and understanding
When we stand to pray we must be very aware and understand what we are
saying without understanding salaah will mean nothing to you and you
will not be focused but will drift away from communicating with Allah
swt and you will start thinking of other things that are happening in
your day. For example do you truly know the meaning of the word 'Allahu
Akbar' in your salaah?? This means Allah Swt is soo great to be imagined
PLEASE brothers and sisters in Islam if you take these points into
account and entertain your soul with khushu, enthusiasm, sincerity and
awareness (understanding) we will NEVER get bored of salaah and we will
be spiritually and mentally stronger. Once we recognize and understand
Allah Swt we will start to fear Allah and no matter how much we pray we
will never get tired. And InshAllah then our other deeds will be
accepted and our duas and needs will be answered!