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How can I gain concentration in prayer (salah)? [This was an advertissement question but has been editted to make it a beneficial question for everyone inshaAllah]

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answered 8588 abdul_wasay's gravatar image

Books has been written on the topic of khushoo in Salah. Let me mention one hadith.

It is narrated in an authentic hadith in Shahih Muslim that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“Allaah, the Blessed and Exalted has said: ‘I have divided the prayer between Myself and My slave, into two halves, and My slave shall have what he has asked for.”

When the slave says {الْحَمْدُ للَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَـلَمِينَ}‘Praise be to Allaah, Lord of the Worlds,’

Allaah says, ‘My slave has praised Me.’

When the slave says, {الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ} 'The Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy,’

Allaah says, ‘My slave has extolled me.’

When the slave says, {مَـلِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ} ‘Master of the Day of Judgement,’

Allaah says, ‘My slave has glorified me.’

When the slave says, {إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ} ‘It is You alone we worship and it is You alone we ask for help,’

Allaah says, ‘This is between Me and My slave, and My slave shall have what he asked for.’

When the slave says, {اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ}

{صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ الضَّآلِّينَ} ‘Guide us to the Straight Path, the path of those whom You have favoured, not the path of those who receive Your anger, nor of those who go astray,’

Allaah says, ‘All these are for My slave, and My slave shall have what he asked for.’” (Saheeh Muslim)

This is a great and important hadeeth. If everyone kept it in mind when he prays, he would attain immense khushoo’ and al-Faatihah would have a great impact on him. How could it be otherwise, when he feels that his Lord is addressing him and giving him what he is asking for?

This “conversation” with Allaah must be respected and accorded its proper value. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When any one of you stands to pray, he is conversing with his Lord, so let him pay attention to how he speaks to Him.” (al-Haakim, al-Mustadrak, 1/236; Saheeh al-Jaami’, 1538).

answered 40117 UmarAbdullah's gravatar image

This is an AMAZING book on how to gain concentration (khushoo) in prayer. Please do read this if you are a Muslim.

Just remember The author does not really literally Allah's beauty compared to the beauty of everything else is like the brightness of the sun compared to a weak candle! There is nothing like Allah the Almighty.

answered 40117 UmarAbdullah's gravatar image

Salaam. Bismillah AlRahman AlRaheem. I agree with Brother abdul_wasay in that knowing what you are reciting in your Salaat is important to concentration. Prayer is a Meditation for the body (prostrations, certain standing positions, taking deep long breaths throughout) for the tongue (the active recital in a moderate voice of verses from the Glorious Quran) the mind (reflecting word for word on your recital and Zhikrs) and ultimately for the Spirit. Someone wise once told me, that in order to get rid of your inner Shaitan (the one that makes your mind wander during prayer,think bad thoughts, etc) is to be able to catch it when its at work. Once you can catch your Shaitan in your own mind, thoughts and actions, you can then break the attachment of the Shaitan from yourself. It is not an easy task (easier said then done) and our Beloved Prophets struggled with such as the story of Prophet Esa Peace and Blessing Be Upon Him shows in the Bible, when he was wandering for 40 days and struggled against the Shaitaan some times, ultimately winning over his Soul. SubhanAllah.

To be fully present in a moment is much more difficult than it sounds. At times, even in daily tasks, our minds wander to what we were doing yesterday or what we are going to be doing tomorrow or about nonsense matters that dont concern us. Once we can fully live in the moment and be Present in exactly what were doing and feeling, then we will be able to catch the inner Shaitain at work. Thus, being able to be fully present will help us in turn be fully present in our Salaats, which encompasses all types of meditation into one (physical, mind, spirit, sound). InshaAllah.

It is always a work in progress, our ultimate Goal really. InshaAllah we can attain such detachment. But never despair.

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