Seven Suggestions for Salah

To help maintain regularity in your prayers, the following suggestions may help.

1)      Niyah:

Make the niyah that you will never ever leave a prayer intentionally again.

2)      Repentance:

Repent sincerely.

“O you who believe! Turn to Allaah with sincere repentance! It may be that your Lord will expiate from you your sins, and admit you into Gardens under which rivers flow

(At-Tahreem 66:8)

Repentance is essential from every sin, even if it is something between a person and Allah and has nothing to do with the rights of another person. There are three conditions of repentance:

  • You should give up the sin
  • You should regret having done it
  • You should resolve never to go back to it.

If one of these three is missing, then your repentance is not sincere. If the sin has to do with the rights of another person, then there are four conditions: the three mentioned above and restoring the rights of that person. (2)

3)      Dua:

We are incapable of doing anything until Allah grants us the taufeeq (ability) to do so. So make sincere dua to Allah to help you be regular with you prayers.

اللَّهُمَّ أَعِنِّيْ عَلَى ذِكْرِكَ وَشُكْرِكَ وَحُسْنِ عِبَادَتِكَ

Allahumma a’inni ‘ala dhikrika wa shukrika wa husni ‘ibadatika

“O Allah! Assist me in remembering You, in thanking You, and in worshipping You in the best of manners.”
(Narrated by Ahmad, Abu Dawood, al-Nasaa’i, and others; it is saheeh).

4)      Protect your Fardh(obligatory) Salah with Sunnah and Nafl (voluntary) Prayers:

Don’t just read the Fardh Salah, add the Sunnah and Nafl prayers to your daily routine. What happens is that if you just start praying Fardh, thinking you  should take things one step at a time and will later add the Sunnah and Nafl prayers, chances are that when your enthusiasm wanes it will be easier to  abandon your Salah. With the Sunnah and Nafl prayers backing up your Fardh prayers,  shaitan will have to break through two forts to get to your Fardh Salah!

5)      Constantly Remind Yourself About Salah:

Read articles, books and listen to lectures pertaining to Salah. You can never be reminded enough of the importance of Salah.

6)      Remain in a State of Purity:

Doing Wudhu is half the battle won, if you are already in the state of Wudhu, praying is so much easier.

7)      Memorization of The Quran:

Memorize more Surahs  of the Quran that you can recite in your Salah. When you keep repeating the same Surah Ikhlas over and over in your Salah, you just read it mechanically without articulating the words correctly or trying to understand or ponder over what you are saying. When you read new  Surahs, you concentrate on the words and recite them consciously and with an effort which improves the khushu’ in your Salah.

رَبَّنَا تَقَبَّلْ مِنَّا إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ وَتُبْ عَلَيْنَا إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ التَّوَّابُ

الرَّحِيمُ

“Our Lord, accept [this] from us. Indeed You are the Hearing, the Knowing, and accept our repentance. Indeed, You are the Accepting of repentance, the Merciful.”

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