Every time i pray i cannot seem to pray with full concentration
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assala mu allaikum
i am some who prays five times a day, however, every time i pray i cannot seem to pray with full concentration, i allways have other thoughts running through me, which i know is very bad. i am trying hard to get myself to concentrate on what im saying in prayer, can you please give me some guilines or ideas of how to improve my concntration while praying.
jazzak allah khayr
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Concentration khushu humility in prayer
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
Beloved sister in Islam, no matter how pious and God-fearing a believer is, very very few amongst the believers can control their flow of thoughts in their prayers, for our avowed enemy, the Shaitaan, always tries to put thoughts into our minds when we offer our prayers.
There are a few basic things one can do to minimize these thoughts:
- Seek the refuge in Allah Subhanah from the accursed Shaitaan, before starting the prayer.
- Understand the simple and basic meaning of the prayers, so that one may try to concentrate on the meanings of what one is beseeching his Merciful Lord when in prayer.
- Remember that when one is in prayer, he is actually in audience of the Lord of the Worlds; and try to bring himself to a state as if he is reciting his prayers in the Presence of his Lord.
- If one cannot bring himself to that state while in prayer, he should at least try to remember and know for sure, that his Lord is watching over him; for indeed, Allah Subhanah is All-Seeing, All Knowing.
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 6.300 Narrated by Abu Huraira
Hadrat Jibrael (a.s.) (who came in the form of a human being) asked the Messenger of Allah (saws) : , "O Messenger of Allah, what is Ihsan (i.e. perfection or benevolence)?" The Prophet (saws) said, "Ihsan is to worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you do not achieve this state of devotion, then (take it for granted that) Allah sees you."
Beloved sister, this feeling and pain of yours, and your ardent desire to remove the worldly thoughts when you are in state of prayer, is in itself a sign of your emaan and your love for Allah Subhanah and His devotion! And it is your this emaan and love for Allah Subhanah that the evil Shaitaan is trying to negate, for the cursed Shaitaan hates nothing more than when he sees a believer worshipping his Lord with humility and devotion! Shaitaan is the avowed enemy of the believer, and if he cannot hold back the believer from his prayers, he will try to put thoughts into the believer when he prays, and tries to despair the believer of Allahs Worship!
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 114 Surah An-Naas verses 4-5:
4 (Say, I seek refuge in Allah) from the mischief of the Whisperer (of Evil), who withdraws (after his whisper)
5 (The same) who whispers into the hearts of mankind.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 7 Surah Aaraaf verses 16-17:
16 He (Shaitaan) said: "because Thou (Allah) hast thrown me out of the way; Lo! I will lie in wait for them (the believers) on Thy Straight Way.
17 "Then will I assault them; from before them, and behind them, from their right, and their left: nor wilt Thou find in most of them gratitude (for Thy mercies)
Abu Hurairah reports that the Prophet (saws) said: "When the call to prayer is made, the Satan takes to his heels... and when it is finished, he returns. He flees again when the iqamah is made, and when it is finished, he returns until he comes between the man and his thoughts, saying: 'Remember this and remember that,' which he had not recalled, until the person does not know how much he has prayed, [i.e.,] three or four rak'at.
(This is narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim.)
Thus, my beloved sister in Islam, dont let the thoughts bother you, and as soon as you realize that this is a ploy and tactic of the Shaitaan to take you away from your prayers, try your best to concentrate on your prayers and continue your supplications to the Merciful Lord in humility and in sincere devotion.
Such thoughts also came into the hearts of some of the most noblest companions of the Messenger of Allah (saws), and he (saws) advised them thus:
Sahih Muslim Hadith 5463 Narrated by Uthman ibn Abul'As
Uthman came to Allah's Messenger (saws) and said: O Allah's Messenger (saws), the Satan intervenes between me and my prayer, and my reciting of the Qur'an and he confounds me. Thereupon Allah's Messenger (saws) said: That is (the doing of the Shaytaan) who is known as Khinzab, and when you perceive its effect, seek refuge with Allah from it, and spit three times to your left. I did that and Allah dispelled that from me.
Sahih Muslim Hadith 6623 Narrated by Hanzalah Usayyidi,
I met AbuBakr. He said: Who are you? I (Hanzalah) said: Hanzalah has turned out
to be a hypocrite. He (AbuBakr) said: Hallowed be Allah, what are you
saying? Thereupon I said: I say that
when we are in the company of Allah's Messenger (saws), we ponder over Hell-Fire and
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and well wisher in Islam,