Have we truly lost contact with Allah? 

Go and ask yourselves.

I’ve been getting a lot of questions with this issue for the past week, indeed salah is a continuing struggle for us to maintain and this is not to be denied, everyone had and is having problems with keeping it up.

But do not let the thought of it stay in your hearts, tell me what does it make you feel after you have performed salah?

Some may say I feel better, I feel at home, alhamdulillah these are just some of the wonderful effects that salah leaves in us but today I want to address the “I don’t feel anything, it’s okay, it’s obligatory that’s why or that my parents says so answers.”

Before this becomes an issue about salah, it was an issue about your niyyah [intention].

Why do you pray? Why do you do that? Reflect!

If you have a problem from this phase then is it just gestures that you are doing and at the end you tell I’ve give up salah because Allah doesn’t answer my prayers. Astagfirullah.

We blame Allah for every prayer not yet to be answered or prayer that was null? Why not look at ourselves, do we have the correct niyyah, the correct way? We don’t even have khushoo in our salah because the moment we stand there we think of all the things we need to do after the salah. Astagfirullah.

Then you come and say you stopped praying because my prayers were not answered?

Countless times, I have posted stories here that connects to the power of dua after the salah is made. The du’a of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam for rain, the du’a of Al’Ala Ibn Hadrami Radiyallahu Anhu for their camels to come back, these are just examples. 

But I’ll tell you something that really works, and that is the remembrance of death, it’s quite fascinating that this thought works wonders on a person rather than the remembrance of Allah Azza Wa Jall. 

Whatever the reason is, we pray its for the best. 

Once, Abu Ayub Radiyallahu Anhu came to the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam telling him about his prayer problem, so he told and advised Abu Ayub by saying:

"When you stand up to pray, pray [as if it were] a farewell prayer."

My brothers and sisters in Islam, how can we be at eased like this when we know how we are doing with our salah? Does it not come to you, for a moment, that maybe the adhan you just heard may be the last adhan you’ll hear? 

How will you answer Allah when he asks you why did you not pray? When you know in yourself that you were given so many chances?

It hurts the heart so much of realizing how much we have disconnected ourselves from Allah Azza Wa Jall. Yes, we may be doing a lot of dawa’ah work, speaking infront of people or inspiring people to do good and all but at the moment we are alone and we think to ourselves, how?

How could we tell people and advise them to pray when we ourselves are not doing so? Astagfirullah. 

Prayer is a gift, and we told not to refuse any gift out of mercy and kindness that we should accept every gift because it is a gift, then why do you refuse to pray?

The problem is not the society, nor your peers, it is yourself, it is your own self, that is the problem, so concentrate there not on other people. 

Remember that Islam doesn’t stay in Makkah only, it is where there is a Mu’min, as long as there is a heart that recognizes and obeys the commandments of Allah Azza Wa Jall then Islam is here.

So before I end this, I would like to leave this Hadith Qudsi for all those who are having problems with their salah, I want to let you know that indeed Allah Azza Wa Jall answers you and this is one of the many things that will justify it:

The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam said:

"Allah Azza Wa Jall has said: I have divided the prayer between Myself and My slave: into two halves, and My slave shall have what he has asked for.

When he says: Alhamdu lillahi rabbi al’Alameen [Praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds] 
Allah says: My slave has praised Me.

When he says: Ar Rahman Ar Raheem [The Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy]
Allah says: My slave has extolled me.

When he says: Maliki yawmi adeen [Master of the Day of Judgement]
Allah says: My slave has glorified me.

When he says: Iyyaka na Abudu wa iyyaka nastaeen [It is You alone we worship and it is You alone we ask for help]
Allah says: This is between Me and My slave, and My slave shall have what he asked for.

When he says: Ihdina assirata almustaqeem, sirata allatheena an’amta ‘alayhim ghayri almaghdubi ‘alayhim wala adalleen [Guide us to the Straight Path, the path of those whom You have favoured, not the path of those who have incurred Your anger, nor those who have gone astray]
Allah says: All these are for My slave, and my slave shall have what he asked for.”

And that is the excellence of Al Fatihah, and that my brothers and sisters in Islam, has been there and is there and will always be there whenever you pray salah. 

Usually, this is what I tell people who are having problems with their salah, they have to be reminded of the excellence of the prayer they are saying, in this case the grandeur and rewards that is there in Al Fatihah.

And we pray that Allah Azza Wa Jall enlighten our hearts. Amin


Stories were taken from:

• Ahmad, Vo. 5, p. 412, Sahih Al Jami, Hadith no, 742
• Sahih Muslim, Book of Prayer

some tips for praying Fajr prayer on time:
1. Try to sleep as early as possible if you do not need to do anything imortant after Isha Salaah because the earlier you sleep the easier it will be to wake up for Fajr
2. Try not to have any heavy meals in the evening as this will make it harder for you to wake up for Fajr
3. Try to encourage your family to also wake up for Fajr and tell them of the importance of Salaah as well as the fact that it is the purpose of our creation. If your family wakes up for Fajr then it will also be easier for you as they would also wake you up. If one or two of your family members do wake up for Fajr then tell them to also wake you up.
4. Make firm intention in your heart that you will wake up for Fajr no matter what and ask of Allah in your dua to make it easy for you to wake up for Fajr prayer.
5. Put on two or even three alarms and put them on 5 minutes apart and put them in places in your room where you know it will be a struggle getting to them. This way you will have to be wide awake to get to the alarms. As there will be three of them this will prevent you going back to bed again.
6. Most importantly when you awaken for Fajr then do NOT say to yourself i’ll lay for a bit and then get up. This is the biggest trick of shaythan to make us fall asleep and miss Fajr prayer. As soon as the eyes are open then go straight to the bathroom.
May Allah enable us to pray every prayer on its appointed time and no later. Ameen

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