In the name of Allah The most gracious The most merciful
12 TIPS FOR BOOST YOUR SALAH
Tips to enhance your prayer, give you a fresh perspective on the world of Salaah, and make you love your prayer like never before. In Shaa ALLAH!
ALLAH ( Subhana Wa Ta’la ) advises: “And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive to ALLAH.”
1. When starting throw your hands up to the standing position saying “ALLAHUAKBAR” and throwing the world behind you.
Why do we start our Prayer with “ALLAHUAKBAR (ALLAH is the Greatest)” not with “Subhana ALLAH (Glory be to ALLAH)”?
Realise that when you say “ALLAHUAKBAR” you affirm that the one before whom you are standing is greater than anything occupying you at that moment – greater than your sleep, your families, your bills and your worries.
Just imagine that when you say “ALLAHUAKBAR” while raising your hands you are throwing all of that behind you!
2. Visualize the veil.
When you stand to pray, ALLAH (Subhana Wa Ta’la ) commands:
Raise the veils from between Me and My servant! As soon as you say “ALLAHUAKBAR” and start your Prayer, ALLAH sets His beautiful face to yours and doesn’t turn away from you, unless you do. When your thoughts or your sight drifts off, He orders the veils to be drawn back down. Visualize these veils being lifted to keep concentrated with your heart and body. Are you still drifting? This is why you repeat the great words “ALLAHUAKBAR” as you move into each position. It’s a reminder and a new chance again and again to focus.
3. Salute the King
Imagine walking into a Palace, how would you recognize the servants of the King? Probably by their humble position looking down. As you lower your gaze to the place of your prostration and place your hands right over left pressed against you, it is time to salute the King. Imagine standing in front of ALLAH ( Subhana Wa Ta’la ) as you utter this beautiful salutation and feel each word :
“Soob-haa-nakAllah hoom-ma wa bi-ham-dika, wa ta-baara-kasmooka wa ta’aalaa jad-dooka, wa laa ilaahaa ghayrook.”
(How perfect You are O ALLAH, and I praise You. Blessed be Your name, and lofty is Your position and none has the right to be worshipped except You.)
Realize that only the parts of Salaah you are mindful of are being accepted and that Shaytan does his very best to steal every sweet moment you have with ALLAH ( Subhana Wa Ta’la ).
4. Feel each Ayah ( verse) of Surah Al-Faatihah is answered. You are now ready to enter the essence of it all:
Surah Al-Faatihah, the Greatest Surah (chapter) of the Quran, without which your prayer is nullified. Know that ALLAH (Subhana Wa Ta’la ) Himself answers back when you recite of Surah Al-Faatihah, so add a short pause after each verse; feeling this amazing dialogue. How can you ever drift off in this part of the prayer?
5. Utter His name with pure love. What has brought you to stand here right now? It is your love and longing to be with ALLAH
( Subhana Wa Ta’la ). And when you meet up with your beloved, what do you first say? The sweet sound of the Beloved’s name, the name that Blesses everything it falls upon! Feel the “Bis-mil-lahir-Rah-maanir Raheem” soothing your heart as it gently rolls off your lips.
6. Stand still at: “The Lord of the worlds.”
The Prophet ( SalAllahu Alayhi WaSalam ) told us, “Alhamdulillah” fills the scale”
Abu Malik at-Ash’ari reported: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: “”Cleanliness is half of faith and al-Hamdu Liliah (Praise be to Allah) fills the scale, and Subhan Allah (Glory be to Allah) and al-Hamdu Liliah (Praise be to Allah) fill upwhat is between the heavens and the earth…..”
(Sahih Muslim, Book #002, Hadith #0432)
Really feel gracefulness when you say “Alhamdulillah”.
Have you see in those documentaries where they zoom out from the cells of plants leaf all the way to the planets and galaxies? Now instead of the leaf, start the zoom out process with the image of yourself standing before ALLAH(Subhana Wa Ta’la ).
The zoom back down, back through the universe, to the place you are standing in Prayer. The next time you pray view yourself from above and far away and truly taste the meaning of “Rab-bil Aalameen (Lord of the worlds)”.
7. Reflect on “Ar-Rah-maanir Raheem” before “Maalik yawmid-Deen” Have you ever wondered why ALLAH’s names “Ar-Rahmaanir” and “Ar Raheem” come before “Maalik yawmid-Deen”(Master of the Day of Judgement)?
Be reminded that it is the “Most Gracious” and “Most Merciful” Who will judge us on the Day of Judgement! So feel empowered and comforted when you say “Ar-Rahmaanir Raheem” and then remember at “Maaliki yawmid-Deen”, realising the horrors of that Day.
8. Know what “Iy’yaaka na’budu, wa iy-yaaka nasta’een” really means, “You alone we worship, and unto You alone we turn for help.”
Let this remind you to make ALLAH alone you focus, not the people. So when you are asked, why did you do, this or that (deed),you can firmly answer: for ALLAH! Feel this verse. One of pious predecessors was once praying in Makkah. His friend went ahead and did the Tawaaf (Circulate the Kaa’bah) when he returned to him, he was still at this verse, repeating it and crying until the sun came up.
9. Say “Aameen” as if your life depended on it.
The most comprehensive supplication you can make is, “ih-dinas-siraatal-moostaqem (Guide us to the straight path)”.
See how you followed the proper etiquettes of how to ask ALLAH? You started glorifying and praising Him and then you make your request; Guide us.
Now realize that your entire existence depends on this supplication. The “Aameen” you’ll pronounce now will have to come from the bottom of your heart.
“Aameen” means: My Lord, grant or answer (my prayers). Say “Aameen” as if you are pleading for pardon, begging with passion.
10. Feel the bond with your Lord. When you say “Soobhaana Rab-bi-yal- ‘atheem (How perfect My Lord is, The Supreme)” in Rooko (bowing)”, focus on the pronoun that means MY (in Rabbee). It adds that element of bonding: He is MY Lord, Who raised ME in His care and Who is nurturing ME.
Know the Prophet ( SalAllahu Alayhi WaSalam ) and the Companion(May ALLAH be pleased with them) to be in the bowing position as long as he would be in the standing segment of Salaah. One Companions said that he recited Surahs; Al Fatihaah, then Al Baqarah, Ali Imran, An-Nisaa and Al Ma’ida, and the companion Abdullaah ibn Al Zubair was beside him, still in his ruku.
11. Win the grand finale your Sujood (prostration). Your sujood is the ultimate symbol of complete submission to your Creator. The Prophet ( SalAllahu Alayhi WaSalam ) said:
Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: The nearest a servant comes to his Lord is when he is prostrating himself, so make supplication (in this state).
(Sahih Muslim, Book #004, Hadith #0979)
Imagine you are being raised one level in Paradise with each Sujood and a sin falls of you with each prostration. Prostrate with body, heart and soul and taste the sweetest feeling in the world.
12. Supplicate before the Tasleem saying of “As salaamu-alaykum wa Rah-matool-laah” to indicate the end of prayer.
After the words of the Tash-ah-hood (sitting position at the end of prayer) and before the saying of Tasleem, there is a precious moment many waste.
When the Prophet ( SalAllahu Alayhi WaSalam ) taught Abdullah ibn Mas’ ood ( RadiAllahu Anhu ) the tashahud he said:” Then let him choose whatever supplications he wishes”
Abdullah b. Mas’ud reported: We were sitting with the Apostle (may peace be upon him) in prayer, and the rest of the hadith is the same as narrated by Mansur He (also said): After (reciting tashahud) he may choose any prayer.
(Sahih Muslim,Book #004, Hadith #0796)
Just before you say Tasleem make at least three heartfelt Du’aas to benefit from this treasure chest instead of rushing to say “As salaamu alaykum wa Rah-matool-laah”.
Remember this the sweetness of this life lies in remembering ALLAH, the sweetness of the next life lies in seeing ALLAH. The next time you proceed for prayer, go because you Love ALLAH, go because you Miss ALLAH and long to be with ALLAH ( Subhana Wa Ta’la ). Feel your heart flutter. Only then, will you be on your way to attaining that inner peace and comfort. Salaah was prescribed for.
Salaah is the Me’raaj (Going up to ALLAH ) of a Believer. The key to a good Salaah is to Remember ALLAH much in it.
Sh Asif Farooqui mentions, the Best Fasts, the Best Charity, the Best Salaah are the ones in which there is #Dhikr of ALLAH
( Subhana Wa Ta’la ) in katheer (Abundance).
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