Let the Inner You Breath Through Your Prayers
In order to attain spiritual peace in the world of religion, the essential duty of a believer is the remembrance of Allah. A Muslim can easily become beloved of Allah through Prayer and be blessed to attain nearness to Him.
Prayer is like oxygen for our heart. Prayer is not just a food for the soul and a means of peace; rather it is one of the capitals of liberation in this world and also in hereafter.
Regarding the importance of remembrance, Allah says in Qur’an, ‘O you who have believed, remember Allah with much remembrance, and exalt Him morning and afternoon.’ (33:41-42)
Just as the heart of a person is overwhelmed with love for Allah and is eager to obey His commands by the light and blessings of Prayer. Then everyone is benefited by that person. It is not a specific action which is associated with a particular time. On the contrary, if a believer wishes, he can transform all the activities of his life, including his dealings, manners, movements, and eating into the remembrance of Allah by following the Sunnah of the Prophet. Then his going out for natural needs like fasting, prayers and meeting his daily needs and going to the market will also be considered as Prayer – InshaAllah.
How Long Can You Hold Your Breath For?
You can easily find from a quick internet search that humans can hold their breath for anything between 30 seconds and 2 minutes. More than that is not possible in general.
The same goes for our faith. We should all be fulfilling our 5 daily prayers but if we are regularly skipping prayer it’s like holding our breath. It will lead us to spiritual discomfort and eventually it will distress us.
And when we are in difficulties, the need for taking more oxygen is even more acute.
No one Can Do it For You
You can’t ask anyone or you can’t pay anyone to do it for you. You must do it for yourself. This applies both for breathing and prayer.
Our need for oxygen is so important to survive that it’s an involuntary action. You don’t need to think about it and it is not possible that you forget it. The same is true for prayer.
It should be such a major part of our lives that we do it out of pure habit, we should start to feel uncomfortable when we miss it.
Prayer is our connection to Allah.
Like ‘no oxygen, no life’, you can say ‘no prayer, no connection’.
Life is a test. Some of us may be tested lightly and others may be tested with greater difficulties. This is the part of Allah’s plan.
Allah says, “And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient.” (Quran 2:155)
Have you ever heard, “to sink or swim”?
We use to say this when someone has experienced an unexpected hardship. Both refer to overcome your difficulties and survive. To fail would be to drown.
Sink or Swim?
There may be times when Allah throw us in at the deep end to test our faith. Then what will we do? Do we sink or swim?
Do you neglect your prayers when life is in difficulties or do you guard your prayer
and try to turn to Allah with even more faith?
If you choose the first one, then you are essentially cutting off your oxygen supply. Evidently, this will make matters worse. Your struggle will be more intense.
But if you choose to remain faithful to Allah in times of difficulties then, eventually, you will rise to the surface and experience that gulp of air that brings relief, gratitude and joy.
Take Deep Breaths
What about those who faithfully perform their 5 prayers? How should they approach difficulties of life if they are already ‘breathing’?
Have you ever experienced a breathing difficulty, a panic attack or even the common cold? It was not because you were not breathing.
And what advice are we given in this case?
We are giving advice to take nice ‘deep breaths’. We pay special attention to how we breathe until the situation becomes easy.
In the context of life, it is just same. When times become difficult pay special attention to your prayer. In fact, several times Allah specifically tells us to approach our problems with patience and prayer in the Qur’an.
Allah Says, “Seek Allah’s help with patient perseverance and prayer.” (2:45)
“Oh you who believe! Seek help with patient perseverance and prayer, for God is with those who patiently persevere.” (2:153)
The Sweetness of Salah
We pray Salah regularly. To pray Salah we perform ablution and stand quietly at
our prayer mat.
The prayer will always be there, it is our time with Allah to just breathe.
And when we are sad, anxious or afraid, then our prayer can be that glorious gasp for air as we reach the water’s surface.
So, when you stand on prayer mat, pour out your worries, set down any burdens which you may be carrying.
Supplicate at any time of the day or night or anytime for:
“Infact, in the remembrance of Allah hearts do find their rest.” (13:28)