Because this, right here? Needs to be talked about. Everything about this scene, every shot, every cut, speaks volumes.
From the way Sana worms her way past the people at the party to enter the bathroom, and as soon as the door shuts, the music stops. Because from here, her preparation for Salah has begun. She’s in a whole different mindset from here on out.
She performs the Wudhu (ablution), which is needed to done, before reading the Salah. From her actions, you can see her performing the same actions of washing her hands, her face, gargling etc, 3 times, because that is how the Wudhu is performed. This isn’t the complete Wudhu, there’s more bits to it, but you can get the rough idea.
Then, she squeezes her way past people, being extremely cautious that nothing and no one touches her, because now that she is in a clean state of performing Salah, even the slightest bit of uncleanliness touching her, like alcohol, etc, would mean she would have to do her Wudhu again.
After she enters the room, she takes her phone out, and like most Muslims, she will have a compass app on her phone, that, when she uses, will inform her which direction the Qiblah (the Ka’abah in Makkah) is in, since it is the direction we face to pray our Salah in.
Once she finds it, she places the mat into position, and shuts her eyes. This is the final bit of worldly contact she will have, before she has to cut herself off, and go into direct, one to one communication with Allah. Her closing her eyes? That is her focusing, or rather, switching her focus, from worldly, to Allah, and Allah only.
She raises her hands, and that’s the sign that she is now in Salah, reading Salah. And notice the way we can HEAR Sana pray. That’s something I have NEVER seen happen on TV, EVER before, where we can HEAR the person pray. And it’s just silence. Pure silence. Nothing but Sana in direct communication with Allah, talking to Allah, praising Allah, asking Allah to guide her.
And the final part, where she goes down into Sujood, where she places her head on the floor? That is the ULTIMATE position of worship. That position signifies just how much we need our Allah, how we’re literally, on the floor, in worship of him, prostrating, needing his assistance, his guidance.
Talk about this scene. Talk about it. Because this? Is HUGE.
Tips I used to motivate myself to pray salah consistently
1. REVOLVE YOUR DAY AROUND PRAYER. I don’t mean sit around and wait for each prayer to come because honestly who has the time but just know hey if I leave the house at this time I have to make sure to pray duhur when I get their because it’s prayer time.
2. For my ladies especially if you wear makeup, incorporate wudu into your routine. After I wash my face in the morning I make wudu right after that and then start doing my makeup.
3. Before praying I always take 5 minutes to just think. Anything that can possibly preoccupy my mind when I’m making salah needs to leave my head now so give yourself a few minutes. Also if I find myself wandering off in prayer I try to remember who I am in front of and what I am doing.
4. If you ever get lazy just reminding yourself that it only takes a few minutes, constant reminder of the grave always gets my ass in gear (maybe that’s too morbid for you)
5. Never give up. No matter how far you think you’ve strayed from God, don’t stop. Whether you pray once or all, never stop. This is your daily conversation with God, don’t cut him out. Remember that he is the most forgiving, but he can’t forgive you if you don’t ask for forgiveness. ❤️❤️❤️
“What has caused you to enter Hell?”
They will say, “We were not of those who prayed,
Nor did we used to feed the poor.
And we used to enter into vain discourse with those who engaged [in it],
And we used to deny the Day of Judgement
Until there came to us the certainty.”
- Surah Al-Muddaththir, Verses 42-47