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Wsalaam

 

I made mention of this in a previous post but I'll mention it again.

 

A couple weeks ago in a khutbah, the imam spoke about this very issue. One way in which he identified that could possibly help this situation was to pray some extra Nafl Salaah in ENGLISH (or whatever your native language is). The aim was to try to understand what it it you are saying while praying, rather than just babbling some arabic while 'exercising.' So being conscious of what you are saying could actually help. For example, whatever Surahs you commonly recite in Salaah, try to learn its meaning and ponder upon it.

 

Without proper concentration, you would realise wow, am I finished praying already? That's because we aren't focussed enough. It happens to us all. Hope this bit of advice helps inshaAllah.

 

Wsalaam

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Wsalaam

 

I made mention of this in a previous post but I'll mention it again.

 

A couple weeks ago in a khutbah, the imam spoke about this very issue. One way in which he identified that could possibly help this situation was to pray some extra Nafl Salaah in ENGLISH (or whatever your native language is). The aim was to try to understand what it it you are saying while praying, rather than just babbling some arabic while 'exercising.' So being conscious of what you are saying could actually help. For example, whatever Surahs you commonly recite in Salaah, try to learn its meaning and ponder upon it.

 

Without proper concentration, you would realise wow, am I finished praying already? That's because we aren't focussed enough. It happens to us all. Hope this bit of advice helps inshaAllah.

 

Wsalaam

Is that even allowed? I don't think so. 

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The objective was to find out how much you understand in Salaah. Fine don't call it Nafl because you might be right. I suppose you can't do this and expect to get the blessings of a normal Nafl. Refer to it as a challenge to yourself then, to see how much you know. In that regard I see nothing wrong with it.

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Alsalam alaykom

Create an area for yourself with little distractions and dimmed lights and sit down for 10-15 min before salah to clear your mind. Think about the suwar that you are reading and try to forget about everything else in this world, remember that you are talking to Allah.

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Bismillah.

 

One of the most knowledgeable exegetes of the Qur’an says:

 

According to the Qur’an;

 

"َإِنَّ الصَّلاةَ تَنْهى‏ عَنِ الْفَحْشاءِ وَ الْمُنْكَرِ"

 

“Surely prayer keeps (one) away from indecency and evil” (39:45)

 

He continues:

 

So, the real prayer is the one who restrain man from doing sins; to keep your attention during the prayer, you have, firstly, to try to avoid sins.

 

With Duas.

 

Narsis.

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(salam)

once you encounter with the thought you have to avoid it and acknowledge your great addressee.

Do not go on with the thought. it just aggravates the problem. and afterward it would be so difficult to avoid it.

So firstly the thought shouldn't be welcome.

 

Secondly try to concentrate while making the ablution(wudhu). don't postpone it until praying.

thirdly Nafelah(recommended praying) is very useful.

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(bismillah)

(salam) brothers and sisters

 

Here are some tips that helped me to concentrate in prayers:

 

1. Understand all words that you are reciting in prayers and in wudhu.

2. Read and understand the tafseer of Quran surahs that you recite at prayer. This is not only bound by reading books but also by observing the nature that is around us. It's very rich way to learn lessons about Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì.

3. Once you have understood what you are reciting, the next thing is trying to say it from your heart. For example bismillah al rahmaan al rahiim. It might be difficult at the beginning but you will progress.

4. Learn to have an habit where you recite few surahs before you go sleep and concentrate on reciting them as much as possible. If you can't concentrate then repeat it again. Remember that your heart must be presence all the time while you recite.

5. Have patience.

6. Learn about Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì, this is never ending lesson. More you understand about Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì, more you love Him, more you will start to appreciate and take Him ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì seriously.

7. Try to stop all sins even though it might be extremely difficult task. If you success to even stop one sin type, it's better than nothing. Sinning really have effect on concentration, because it will take you away from Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì and it effects on your heart.

8. Don't eat anything sweet before you start to pray.

9. If you have time, then have a moment before prayer to remember Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì, this will give you good start for praying.

10. Read Holy Quran every day at least 50 verses/day. Helps also in concentration by softening your heart.

 

Enshallah those tips are helpful, but you can't understand them unless you do them. You need to practice them on regular basis, you should start by applying first of those practices at a time and when you progress then take more of them into practice. 

Edited by sayedamir2000

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In the Name of Allah the Most Graceful, the Most Merciful

The Manners of Psychological Preparation for Prayer

By His Eminence Sheikh Habib Al-Kathimi

 

Worshipping definitely has both divine and intrinsic influences …. For al-Haj (Pilgrimage) is not only the movements a haj (pilgrim) performs! Also, the internality of prayer is not only the familiar movements! The accounts relayed from the Prophet (Pbuh and his Household) and from his from Ahl Al-Bayt (the Prophet’s family and kins) indicate from afar and rather from near to this truth.. Perhaps this hadith is one which sheds light on this subject; Imam Ali, Amir al-Mu’mineen (AS) says: “Should the worshipper praying recognize what envelopes him from the glory of Allah, he would not be happy to lift his head from sujud (prostrating).” …Also, Imam Assadeq (AS) says: “ Once a worshipper starts a prayer, mercy would fall from the heavens upon him on earth; and the angels would flank him, and an angel would say: “ Should this worshipper recognize what a prayer bears, he would never turn around.” In other words, a worshipper in prayer would never quit it should he look at the divinity of prayer and the significance it carries before Allah (SWT). Man has to live the state of waiting for prayers, for the good believer who wants to pray to the divinity of prayers must sense this idea before it is due, anxious for the prayer wholeheartedly …Immense matters in life and the sublime concepts start and change into a reality. Man must not feel bored with continuous inculcation … because traveling to Allah (SWT) is a movement contrary to the nature of man in two aspects: because of a driving force and an obstruction force.

We ought to know that there is a pressing force driving man who wants to reach out to Allah (SWT) in a direction opposite to what the former wants; in other words, this pressing force pushes man toward earthly lusts, sluggishness, and advancing the immediate over the future, advancing sensuality over the thoughtfulness, and advancing the immediate interest over the future interest….In addition, worshipping is dealing and interacting with the divine secret, for if divine secret remains absolute divine, then there is no need for the human movement…The man who believes in Allah (SWT), the Origin of the Universe, and in Doomsday, but he does not live the truth of witnessing at heart, then naturally he is not hurriedly traveling to Allah (SWT); naturally, he is trying to obstruct the current… However, the opposite is possible, too. When a swimmer tries to swim against the current, firstly, he needs efforts, suffering, and struggling till he gets accustomed to surfing on top of the waves and to surpass the obstacles. Therefore, sailing across the sea of prayer requires a previous psychological preparation …….. Thus, before prayer, what a choice it would be should man make a barrier between prayer and himself; that is an area of "isthmus" between the two realms: neither is it a prayer nor is it dealing with other human beings…. For this reason it is noticed that the Holy Quran stresses on this truth which is praising Allah (SWT) before sunrise and before sunset…….. A worshipper should rest at the place for prayer before the sun sets where he may prepare himself to come in before Allah (SWT) rehearsing some praise, uttering "La Ilah Illa Allah" meaning (There is no god but one), and adding other favorable recitations so that he may gradually come out of the interaction with the earthly elements. From this point, a good believer's prayer starts long time before the prayer is due, for the good and the devoted get themselves ready an hour or so before meeting Allah (SWT).. While lay people get surprised by the due time for prayer and they rather wish that time would not become due so that it would not spoil their fun! Should the worshipper perform his prayer at home, not at one of the houses of Allah (SWT), then he should prepare a space for worshipping as a proof for his expectation and tendency to meet his Master. Choosing a constant place for prayer before Allah (SWT) at home signifies addressing, focusing, and attraction to Allah (SWT)! Thus, it is favorable to specify a place for prayer before Allah (SWT) at home s that every time he comes to the place of prayer, he will remember the hours he has spent at this place; for maybe the other day he was in absolute piety there, and possibly his tears were shed there, too.

It is known that this realm is saturated with spirituality and sweet basil, for every time he comes into this place, he will feel that atmosphere. Besides, this is what the Holy Quran reads in in Surat Al-Oumran, verse #37 ":" Whenever Zachariah entered the sanctuary, he would find beside her a provision" From this Ayah (verse) Meriam (AS) seems had taken a niche and a constant place for worship before Allah (SWT).. and so it shows what I have mentioned before that the period between the daily work and performing prayer is a crucial matter.

One of the suggested images is for the worshipper to prostrate before Allah (SWT) earlier to the prayer due time in a kind of contemplative worshipping sujud (prostration) … Unfortunately, we consider sujud (prostration) only as a means for worshipping and to mention Allah (SWT), and sujud (prostration) may turn into a mere physical movement in order to display slavery to Allah (SWT). However, the truth of sujud (prostration) is an inclusive uniting one ….Why not live various realms: humiliation, converse secretly to Allah (SWT), contemplate what could he think of upon meeting Allah (SWT). One of the necessary conditions to succeed in preparation for a submissive prayer is to observe the manners between any two obligatory services … That means the necessities for success in a prayer is to observe the two time limits. It is known that the guilt before a prayer can affect the manner of how a worshipper addresses Allah (SWT); thus, if he comes for prayer, he will come filled with distance from Allah (SWT) … In the books of ethics, there is a beautiful expression that says:" Whoever gets stained with honey, and he approaches the hive of hornets, it is natural for the hornets to attack him and sting him in every spot of his body because the honey that stained his body attracts such hornets. This example is an introduction to the following: Devils attract the disobedient person exhausted with his desires, disobedience, carelessness… consequently, when he stands for prayer before Allah (SWT), the devils along with delusions, and both the good and the bad thoughts will attack him that the prayer finishes while he does not comprehend any word in the prayer. Otherwise, why should there be any reasons for suspecting a prayer?

Suspicions of praying have their obvious jurisprudence resolutions that depend the most likely, for example, and the worshipper goes for the precautionary prayer. Actually, the origin of the suspicions is a negative state with the common people, because it is unacceptable for the good humble believer in his prayer to be struck by suspicion and doubts that , for example, he gets uncertain about the second and the fourth ruku’ (bows) The second ruk’a (bow) includes kunout (entreaty) and munajat (silently addressing Allah (SWT) the Master of all nations). In the second ruku (bow), man enjoys pride upon addressing Allah (SWT)… while upon the fourth ruku (bow) there is the engulfing feeling of bidding farewell including what is necessary of sorrow and grief as man, in a short while, is going to end his meeting with Allah (SWT) Actually, the feeling of kunout (entreaty) completely varies from the feeling of tashahod (announcing that there is no other god but one Allah (SWT)) or the feeling of tasleem (bidding farewell to the Prophet, the angels, and the worshipper by saying “Assalamu Alyka ya rasulu Allah wa rahmatu Allah wa barakatuh, Assalamu wa rahmatu Allah” so how can the good believer mix up between the second ruku (bow) and the fourth ruku (bow)… or even mix up with the third ruku (bow). Hence, repetitive suspicion and heedlessness represent indicators of getting out and not only failing to head for the prayer contents but also failing to get immersed into the prayer’s sea.

The undeniable truth is that man needs someone to divulge his sorrows to. Naturally, we may say that the person who has no companion, no friend, no outlet to breathe, and no resort in life may go through certain status such as suppression, squirming, and at last exploding followed by complete collapse. Thus, if a common person can take someone as a means and excuse to empty his gloominess, then why does not he or she take prayers as a station to empty his gloominess with the Almighty who can rid us of sorrow?

It has been relayed through accounts by Ahl Al-Bayt (AS) Prophet’s family (AS) that the Prophet (Pbuh and his household), the Imams in the Prophet’s family (AS), and his sinless used to resort to prayers whenever they felt sorrowful… and the good believer similarly should do the same, not only at the mosque but rather during the night, during the day, in the market, and at home. Also, when he is at the peak of anger, despair, or suffering from a gloomy outlook about life can go to a corner in his house and address Allah (SWT) earnestly calling for help.

Yes, if man makes prayer his or her means to address Allah (SWT), then the prayer can change into a station for companionship … and it is said that prayers have changed in the lives of some people into a station for comfort and pleasure, a station that can never be compared to the stations of materialistic pleasures of the transient belongings whose pleasures are transitory while their accountability stays.

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(bismillah)  (salam)

 

I found the following useful:

 

 

Strategy 17: Grief-Stricken, Submission And Sadness

No doubt, sadness brings to your soul many benefits, one of which is a revolution of the soul. It is the time when you are sad and grief-stricken, that you are able to fully organize and empower yourself to be most attentive in Prayer. It is widely accepted that a sad mind is more attuned towards an objective (Allah (SWT), in this case) and more capable of maintaining a high level of attention and concentration.

There shouldn’t be any problem practicing this kind of emotion before Prayer, since you have to warn yourself of the following, ‘You have no way of knowing that your past sins have been forgiven; no way of knowing that you will refrain from committing sins in the future; no way of knowing that your actions win the pleasure of Allah (SWT)…’ 
(al-Sadiq (AS)

The Prophet (S) puts this all clearly by saying to Abu Dharr (RA):

O’ Abu Dharr! Allah (SWT) has not been worshipped with anything like that of length of grief.

Source: http://www.al-islam.org/concentration-in-prayer-jameel-kermalli/strategies-concentrating-prayer#strategy-17-grief-stricken-submission-and-sadness

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Salaam brothers and sisters

I think you have faced the same problem.How can I control my mind when I'm praying?!Sometimes it really gets difficult.

I need some practical advice...

Thank you

Salaam

You must have a teacher.

Wassalaam.

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(salam) 

I think you'd better have a teacher so you ask your questions from him.

the way to overcome your problems would be more convenient and easier to reach.

and of course a person guided by a teacher would be successful without a doubt, because the teacher would inform him of potential problems.

sometimes a book is your teacher, and even a website is an efficient guide.

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(salam)

I think you'd better have a teacher so you ask your questions from him.

the way to overcome your problems would be more convenient and easier to reach.

and of course a person guided by a teacher would be successful without a doubt, because the teacher would inform him of potential problems.

sometimes a book is your teacher, and even a website is an efficient guide.

No, I meant a living teacher.

ایاکم و اهل الدفاتر و لا یغرنکم الصحفیون

خذوا العلم من افواه الرجال

Edited by mesbah

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