Salah and Activism – Part 2

Following on from the first part on the importance of maintaining the establishment of our Salah we will move onto the second pitfall.

A conversation can be one of the most powerful things, in Charity Week we know the right conversation at the right time can mean an Institution signing up, an individual motivated to join the team, the vision of Unity spreading!

Now compare that conversation, the time you would devote to it, the pace you would speak at, the thought put into it. Compare it to when you converse with the Lord of the Worlds! The opportunity we have, multiple times a day, when we stand in front of our Lord and have that conversation.

What is the pace? The time spent? The thought put into it?

If the two don’t match up, then we have some work to do.

Let us look at one point in our Salah, Surah Fatiha.

Abu Huraira reported that the Prophet PBUH declare that Allah said, ” I have divided the prayer into two halves between me and my servant, and my servant will receive what he asks.”

When the servant says, ” Praise be to God, the Lord of the worlds, ” God most high says, ” My servant has praised me.”

When he says, “The compassionate, the Merciful,” God most high says, “My servant has lauded me.”

When he says, “Possessor of the day of judgment,” He says,” My servant has glorified me.”

When he says, “Thee do we worship and of Thee do we ask help,” He says, “This is between me and my servant, and my servant will receive what he asks.”

Then when he says, “Guide us in the straight path, the path of those to whom Thou art generous, not of those with whom Thou art angry nor of those who go astray,” He says, “This is for my servant, and my servant will receive what he asks.”

Sahih Muslim

Reflecting upon this one Surah that is recited in our salah, we can see how much we miss out on if we rush through our Salah.

We will now come onto three steps of potentially many, of how you can build the concentration and quality in that conversation, in our salah.

Firstly, make a conscious effort to concentrate, no matter how little time you have, or how busy the surroundings may be. Remind yourself of this moment and the significance of it and take steps to build your concentration.

Secondly, understanding what you’re saying during Salah. Start with the parts you’re most familiar with or the shortest parts. Learn the translation, so you slowly have an understanding of what exactly you’re reciting.

Lastly, Seek Help.  Seek refuge in Allah from Shaytaan by saying “Aa-udhubillahi min As-Shaitanir Rajim” before starting the salah and during the salah too when needed. Also say Bismillah (In the name of Allah) before beginning the salah. And never forget to ask Allah to help guide us to the correct way and develop a good amount of concentration in our salah.

We pray that each and every one of us is able to work on our Salah, so that our best conversation is with the one that is most High and most Merciful!

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