A common complaint
of many who seek reformation, is their lack of concentration in
Salaah, and finding themselves wanting in the spirit of Salaah.
They write or ask for some prescription to bring in that spirit
and that love of Allah Ta’ala through Salaah.
The following guidelines will, Insha-Allah, assist in improving
the quality of one’s Salaah :
- Men should try and reach the Musjid
before the Azaan, so that they may with etiquette and ease, read
the Sunnat Salaah – and this should take them about 5 minutes.
- In the remaining few minutes before
the Fardh, make Istighfaar, Taubah,
or Zikrullah, or think of the Aakhirah
(the Hereafter) and accountability and
presentation of one’s deeds in the Court of Allah
Ta’ala. Reflect over one’s life : What
if my death has to come now ? …Try and cut off
from the business and worldly activities as much as possible through
this little meditation and Zikr.
Now comes the Fardh Salaah : Insha-Allah, by this time,
much of one’s heart will be in that Salaah. Insha-Allah, with
a little effort and perseverance, there will be full attention and
- Ladies should try and read Salaah in
its early time, thus giving themselves the opportunity of making
preparation for Salaah, without any haste. They too should make
a little zikr before commencing with Salaah, to get into the right
frame of mind.
Moreover, if we give priority status to fulfilling the Rights
of Allah Ta’ala, then He will assist us in fulfilling our
tasks. He will grant Barakah in time so that our undertakings
are completed, Insha-Allah.
- Condition the mind; address yourself
– I am standing before the King of Kings. SubhanAllah. …I
have been chosen, from millions, to converse with ‘Rabbul
‘Aalameen’ and I am being afforded the greatest honour
and privilege (above millions of others), to make sujood to Allah
Ta’ala… to be nearest to Allah Ta’ala. [ …If
we could truly fathom the greatness of the gift, this ultimate
honour, this good fortune – we would never want to leave
the position of sujood.]
- And whilst reading the Qur`aan Sharif
in Salaah (and even outside Salaah) then think : This is the Kalaam
(speech) of my Allah – of my Beloved. By contemplating the
meaning of the verses that you are reading, think : I am listening
to the speech of Allah Ta’ala.
And since you are reading His Speech, He is also listening to
you … Therefore learn the meaning of the Surahs we normally
recite in Salaah. It will not take long to do so, if a little
is learnt every day.
- And think : In this Salaah, in this
Tilawat, in this Zikr, in this Hamd – I have the special
attention of Allah Ta’ala. I have exclusive attention because
this is my ‘Me`raj’; this is my conversation and communication
with the Master of the Worlds. ….What a compounded bounty
– SubhanAllah : So many gifts in the gift packaged as Salaah.
How can any sane thinking Muslim ever refuse such a gift ?
In contemplating this, we will experience
the beauty and sweetness and pleasure of Salaah … we will
understand the Hadith in which Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam)
says that the coolness of his eyes is in Salaah. May Allah Ta’ala
grant us the reality.
and listen to the Majlis Programme “Guaranteed Success”
– (27–03–2006) which is an elaboration of the