It goes beyond a speck of doubt that Salah is the first deed we’ll be asked about on the day of judgement. The fact that Allah will first hold us accountable for this deed and then evaluate the rest of our actions is enough to emphasize its significance. Pass the first step and you stand a chance to pass the remaining, fail the very first step and there is no chance beyond that. Let us also look beyond the punishment factor. Salah is your personal appointment with Allah so it should be beautified and perfected as such. How would you prepare yourself if you were to meet your country head? Would you go shabby or well dressed, would you be late or laze around at the meeting time? No? Then why take your appointment with the Lord of two worlds so lightly? Here are 5 ways to concentrate in Salah.
5 tips to concentrate in Salah
Do you pray your Salah as if in a trance? Do you understand what you recite?Well, you are not alone. Most of us are Non Arabic speakers and only memorize the Qu’ran and Salah. Because we don’t understand it, we find ourselves struggling to concentrate on it. So hee’s the pro tip – learn the meaning of the Surahs which you recite in salah. You’ll never get distracted from the salah if you understand what you are reciting and focus on the meaning of the Surahs.
Recite a Surah which you haven’t recited before
When you recite the same Surah over and over again, you tend not to concentrate on it. Bring some newness into your Salah. Learn a new Surah every week or every month and recite it.
Offer your Salah as if it’s your last one
If you were given one last chance to pray before you die, what would be the quality of that prayer? Knowing that it’s your last chance, you’d put in every effort to perfect and beautify it. Well, the fact is nobody promises you life even one second after your Salah so what makes you think it’s not your last?
Empty yourself before you pray
A popular student of Islam once said that you must empty yourself like an overturned glass before you sit for prayer. What that means is that you make sure that you fulfill all your needs before offering salah . For example; if you are hungry or thirsty, eat and drink well before praying so that it does not worry you while praying.
Know your enemy
Satan will try his level best to distract you from your Salah. One of the Sahabah complained to the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) about waswas during prayer, and he said: “The Shaytan comes between me and my prayers and my recitation, confusing me therein.” The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “That is a devil called Khanzab. If he affects you, seek refuge in Allah from him and spit drily to your left three times.” He (the Sahabi) said, I did that and Allah took him away from me. (Narrated by Muslim, 2203)