Salah is one of the basic pillars of Islam. It’s importance has been emphasized over and over again in the Quran and anyone who believes in Allah, His messengers and the Day of Judgement cannot undermine its importance. It is a time when you have your personal appointment with the Lord of the heavens and the earth. It’s precious, which is why every Muslim must strive to perfect it. But before we delve into how to pray Salah, let’s first have a look at some Quranic verses which stress its importance.
Here is what the Quran says about Salah
“…who believe in the unseen, observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), and from our provisions to them, they give to charity. And they believe in what was revealed to you, and in what was revealed before you, and with regard to the Hereafter, they are absolutely certain. These are guided by their Lord; these are the winners.”
“You shall observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the obligatory charity (Zakat), and bow down with those who bow down.”
“You shall seek help through steadfastness and the Contact Prayers (Salat). This is difficult indeed, but not so for the reverent.”
“Observe the Salat (Contact Prayers) for it prohibits evil and vice.”
“You shall recite what is revealed to you of the Scripture, and observe the Salat (Contact Prayers), for the Salat prohibits evil and vice. But the remembrance of God is the most important objective. God is aware of all that you do.”
Examples of such verses are many. The message is loud and clear – do not compromise on your Salah. Not in quantity, and not in quality. Very often, we focus so much on the quantity that we forget about the quality of our prayers. How should your Salah FEEL like?
Here are a few tips on how to pray Salah – qualitatively and quantitatively
Prepare for it
After you make ablution, wear clean clothes, perfume yourself, let go of everything that fills your heart other than Allah, pray two rakahs of voluntary prayer and sit in Allah’s remembrance while you wait for the time of prayer to start. Be mindful that you are going to stand before your Rabb before you begin that prayer.
Concentrate on it
Often, our minds wander while our lips chant praises of Allah. But a prayer made in a trance, while your heart is absent from it, does not really benefit your soul. In order to concentrate, you must do some hardwork first. Understand the meaning of the words you are going to recite. Then be mindful of where you are standing. These two things coupled will enhance the quality of your Salah like nothing else does.
Do not delay it
Revolve your day around Salah. Make it a point that you don’t delay it. Once you make it a priority in your life, it’s quality will improve.
Follow the Prophet (peace be upon him)
Strictly adhere to how the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to pray because he had perfected his prayer. Follow him, no matter what.