Focus During Salah

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As Muslims, we should try our best to stay focused during Salah. Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:

“Certainly will the believers have succeeded: They who are during prayer humbly submissive.” (Qur’an 23:1-2)

We learn from the above verse that through our concentration and sincere focus during Salah we will achieve success. We should not get distracted by our daily matters or tasks during Salah, neither should we let our thoughts wonder about the things we are attached to in this worldly life.

Perhaps we are praying Zuhr before going out for a meal with our friends, or praying Fajr before making our way to work. We should abstain from allowing these activities to take over our minds whilst praying.

Allah tells us in the Holy Qur’an:

“Woe to those who pray, but who are heedless of their prayer.” (Qur’an 107:4-5)

Therefore, we should be mindful of falling into heedlessness during our Salah. We should concentrate on our Lord and all that he has blessed us with. We should keep in mind that there are so many things that Allah has protected us from that we are not even aware of, as He is aware of all things we are not.

We must not allow Shaytan to distract us when we are praying. Shaytan’s aim is to ruin our prayer and guide us away from Allah and our religion. We read in hadith that Uthan b. Abu al-As reported that he came to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and said:

“Allah’s Messenger, the Satan intervenes between me and my prayer and my reciting of the Qur’an and he confounds me”. Thereupon, Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said, “That is (the doing of the Satan) who is known as Khinzab and when you perceive its effect, seek refuge with Allah.” (Muslim)

If we are focused in our prayer, we will be increasing the quality of it.

We should make an effort to pray all of our five daily prayers on time without delay. Often, we decide to complete a task before prayer, but this is not giving our Salah it’s due importance. Instead of just making time here and there for praying Salah because we are prioritising other matters, we should be putting Salah first and our other tasks should be scheduled around our daily prayers.

We should remind ourselves that, just as we will be questioned by Allah on the Day of Judgement about our every deed, we will definitely be questioned about our Salah.

During each Salah we pray, we should think of it as our last prayer. When we really feel that it is our last (which it could be – only Allah is aware of how long we will be alive for), it is more likely that we will be fully focused in our prayer.