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Is Salah Your Priority?

All of us constantly strive to keep up with the struggles of life everyday, so much so that we often forget the purpose of life. We make time to prepare for exams, presentations, interviews etc. by sacrificing sleep, even till dawn if we have to. We try to get to the theaters on time so we can avoid the queue to get movie tickets. But do we make the same effort to make time for Salah? Which hardly takes 10 minutes if we are focusing only on the obligatory prayers that is.lines.jpg

Salah plays a very important role in our lives. Our lives revolve around Salah, not the other way around. Our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “The first thing which will be judged among a man’s deeds on the Day of Resurrection is the Prayer. If this is in good order then he will succeed and prosper, but if it is defective then he will fail and will be a loser [Tirmidhi].”

This clearly means that without Salah, we lose the purpose of life. Indeed, our purpose in this world is to worship Allah. What better way to worship the Almighty other than through Salah.

Salah helps us to get closer to Allah, through remembrance and sincere repentance. This in turn helps you in becoming a better person for the sake of Allah.

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Salah also protects us from the Shaitan. Shaitan constantly tries to misguide you from the path of righteousness. In Quran Allah Almighty says:

“Shaitan only wants to cause between you animosity and hatred through intoxicants and gambling and to avert you from the remembrance of Allah and from prayer. So will you not desist?” (5:91).

You are just making it easier for the Shaitan by neglecting prayers, which is similar to neglecting Allah and the teaching of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). What does this make of you? In a hadith it is mentioned: “The covenant between us and them is prayer, so if anyone abandons it, he has become a disbeliever.” [Ahmad]

In todays world, we associate people from all walks of life, thereby engaging ourselves in many outdoor events, get togethers, outings, sleep overs, trips, work outs, reunions etc. Salah can be challenging in the above situations. Also while at these activities everyone presumes “they are busy and they don’t have  enough time”. Thereby conviniently missing out on prayers with this excuse. How do we not make this a excuse and make a little time for prayers too? Here are a few tips to get us through:

1. Do It Together

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When it’s time for Prayers get  together with your Muslim friends/ Colleagues/ acquaintances and pray together. Get them to join you at the prayer room/ mosque or any convenient spot, at a specific time that you all have agreed upon. This way when you forget or are busy, they can remind you and call you to pray with them.

2. Clean Will Do

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As long as a place is clean its a potential spot for prayers. If you uni/ workplace got no prayer rooms just find a clean secluded area and perform your salah. If you cant find a secluded area don’t feel shy to pray in front of others, even if they are non muslims. Maybe watching you pray will inspire them to want to know more about Islam.

3. Be Prepared

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Always carry a prayer mat along with essential praying utilities (for women) in your handbag or keep it in your office/ uni locker.In case your wearing clothes too complicated to take wudu in, make sure you take wudu before you put on you dress up or leave the house. If you cannot find water to take wudu, remember there are always mineral water bottles you could buy.

4.Excuse Me

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If you are in a group and its time for prayers.  Just excuse yourself for 10 minutes. Find a spot or a masjid and pray and rejoin them when your done. If they as you why, don’t be shy. Say its time for your prayer. Be strong.  Just 10 minutes of all that time spent with your group is all it takes.

5. Download apps

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There are apps with the local prayer times, compasses for Kibla directions, Nearest mosque, Quran etc. Download some apps to remind you its time for your prayer, set reminders and alarms so you wont miss a prayer.

These are just a few tips to help you not to miss prayers and keep you prepared for prayers during your busy schedule. But remember it mostly takes inner strength and strong Iman to be steadfast in prayer and we can all keep trying to reach such a level.  Never think of Salah as a burden. Salah is an opportunity for us to refresh our faith constantly and it revives us spiritually and intellectually.

 

Too Busy To Remember Allah?

Throughout our daily busy schedules our days seem to go by very quickly and we don’t even realise that by the time we get to bed at night, we haven’t remembered our Creator, Allah. Is it not ironic how backward we have become. Even after all the facilities and technology we have access to, yet we don’t have time for Him, the One who gave us all these facilities to begin with.

But Alhamdulillah, with all the hustle and bustle, the Almighty knows us better than we know ourselves. However far away from Him we may be, Allah is always close to us. Allah says in the Quran “And indeed We have created man, and We know what his own self whispers to him. And We are nearer to him than his jugular vein.” (50:16)

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The Prophet (PBUH) said “Allah says: ‘I am just as My slave thinks I am, (i.e. I am able to do for him what he thinks I can do for him) and I am with him if He remembers Me. If he remembers Me in himself, I too, remember him in Myself; and if he remembers Me in a group of people, I remember him in a group that is better than they; and if he comes one span nearer to Me, I go one cubit nearer to him; if he comes one cubit nearer to me, I go a distance of two outstretched arms nearer to him; and if he comes to Me walking, I go to him running” (Sahih Al Bukhari)

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We are overly and happily preoccupied with our occupation, education, family technology and other commitments. But, why is it when it comes to our Creator we are so tired and forgetful?

“But whosoever turns away from My Reminder (i.e. neither believes in this Qur’ân nor acts on its orders, etc.) verily, for him is a life of hardship” (20:124)

“Verily, in the remembrance of Allâh do hearts find rest.” (13:28)

It is food for the heart and soul. A natural cleanser of the rust in the heart A releaser from the worldly desires just how fish cant live without water, without Allah swt we cannot survive.

istock_000017833425xsmallHere are some praises of remembrance of Allah you can include on a daily basis despite our busy life. Lets try to make use of some idle time during which we do nothing. Like when you’re going to work, during your lunch breaks, waiting for the bus or train or even when your relaxing etc. Once you are familiar with it, Insha Allah it will come from the heart and roll of your tongue with ease.

  1. Use simple words in your conversation:
  • INSHALLAH (If Allah wills)- when talking about something that is yet to happen
  • MASHALLAH (Whatever Allah wills)- if you see something beautiful/or praise someone
  • ALHAMDHULILLAH (All praise is due to Allah)- when being thankful to Allah for something

2.Do a few simple Tasbih:

  • SUBHANALLAH (Glory be to Allah)
  • ALHAMDHULILLAH (All praise is due to Allah)
  • ALLAHU AKBAR (Allah is Great)
  • SUBHANALLAHI WABI HAMDIHI (Glory be to Allah and all Praise) 

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  1. Ask dua:

Asking dua doesnt mean you have to raise your hands or it has to be after a prayer. It can be done anywhere anytime. Just make a silent prayer in your heart that is a dua too. Ask dua silently or loudly. In public or in private. Ask for yourself or someone else. The more you ask the happier Allah gets. He loves it when a believer asks him for something. So ask even 20 times a day it’ll only get you closer to Allah.

And your Lord Says, “Call upon Me; I will respond to you.” (40:60)

4. Recite the Quran: 

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 Did you know that for every LETTER recited you receive 10 rewards!

Download the Quran app on your phone. That way whenever & wherever you are you can recite. Take 5 minutes before u browse facebook to recite a few verses or for the next half an hour that you will be staring out the window while travelling to work 5 minutes of reciting  aint gonna do you no harm. 

  1. Do Sadaqah:

              Abu Dhar reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Your smile to your brother is a sadaqah (charitable act) for you. Your commanding the right and forbidding the wrong is a sadaqah.  Your guiding a man in the land of misguidance is a sadaqah for you. Your seeing (showing the way) for a man with bad eyesight is a sadaqah for you. Your removing a stone or thorn or bone from the road is a sadaqah for you. Your emptying your bucket of water into your brother’s (empty) bucket is a sadaqah for you.”  [Tirmidhi]

           Whatever good deed you do, do it with the intention of pleasing Allah. This way you get rewarded for it too. Allah loves you, He is just waiting for you to remember Him. May Allah guide us all.