Synopsis & Appreciation:
While praying we ask Him for his guidance, His protection and the best of both words; that is, we are keeping our begging cup upward.
And if we do this sincerely, then there is always this possibilities that He also fills our cups with the sweetness of praying. And this mercy is so valuable that the one that has tasted the sweetness of praying would be willing to devote all its has – its life and its wealth – to taste it again. That is, it might stay almost all night awake – doing night praying – with the hope of tasting the sweetness of praying again. Allah swt says in Koran: “you ask Me and I give it to you”; therefore, there is no reason that He does not grant the sweetness of praying to those whom stay awake at night time to taste this sweet blessing.
Concentration in praying is a sign of our Ethic and Respect; therefore, although we should have concentration to get the best out of our praying, guidance is not something that we can achieve just by praying; guidance is something that He grants to whoever He wishes while considering all aspects of our lives. And there is no way to get guided without practicing praying.
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The best of both worlds
Although He has created our bodies as well as everything associates with them – things such as nails, skin, hairs etc in best possible form and shape; we see that to use all these mercies in their best possible forms, we have to follow His instructions on how to treat them; that is, He has also put certain responsibilities on our shoulders that by fulfilling those responsibilities – such as keeping our skin clean at all times – we would then get the best out of those mercies.
That is, although He has created the nails and causes their continuing grew – to have always new and healthy nails – He has put the responsibility of keeping our nails short on our shoulders.
In other words, same as the case that for having a healthy body we must do a number of things such as cutting our nails; washing our bodies and removing extra body hairs; to have a healthy lifestyle both in our private lives and in dealing with others we need to follow – all aspects of – Shariah Law (jurisprudence); and He has provided these laws in detail through His messengers.
In a similar scenario, although He has granted us intellect and all things associated with that – such as short and long term memories, our brains and all our senses as well as the nerve system that act as transmitters that collect and send all pulses it receives to our brains for processing and making them ready for the intellect to make a decision and then this decision through a reverse process transmits to appropriate organs for action – we see that even we do our best to use our intellect in the best possible form; it is still not enough to have a successful life in both worlds.
And the reasoning is this that the Almighty Allah swt has created us in such a form and shape that the same as the case of our nails that our contribution is a must to have healthy nails; our contribution is also vital to have the best lives in both worlds.
And this contribution is summarised in Sureh Hamd.
That is, we must not detach ourselves from the Almighty Allah swt even for a single second; as this detachment opens the gates that the evils of everything around us get into us and destroy our lives in both worlds.
This means that in addition to using our intellect and everything associated with that while following the Shariah Law and at the same time trying to control our emotions; we see that without seeking refuge to Him from evils of everything and without asking from Him for the best of everything in both worlds; there is no other way to achieve this great success.
And in the process of approaching Allah swt to have mercy on us we should do our best to practice our praying with full concentration.
How to improve our concentration during praying?
- We should always remember that this could be our last praying.
- At all time remembering that we are standing before His Excellency – The Almighty Allah swt – and therefore, make sure that this precious time that we put for praying is 100% devoted for this task and nothing else.
- That we are asking from Him all the best things – the most important one: His Guidance to the right path, His protection, His blessings in both words, …
- While praying we should focus on the correct spelling of all words that we recite and this will bring the concentration.
- That is, we should make sure that we can see the correct picture of each word that we recite – in our mind – while praying; that is, we should not have a vague picture of the said words; and if we lean that the pictures of the words that we recite are blurry then we must read the words again and again until such a time that we get a clear picture of all words we recite.
- Another way to solve this issue is to write down the words that we use during praying for few times – as an exercise – to remember them all.
During praying we ask for his guidance, His protection and the best of both words; and while doing this we are keeping our begging cup upward.
And if we do this sincerely, then there is always this possibilities that He also fills our cups with the sweetness of praying.
Allah swt says in Koran: “you ask Me and I give it to you”; therefore, there is no reason that He does not grant the sweetness of praying to those whom stay awake at night time to taste this sweet blessing.
Concentration in praying is a type of Ethic and Respect; therefore, to get the best out of our praying; first we should have a clear picture of the words that we recite – during praying – in our minds – and as a result of this we achieve concentration..
In other words, Correct Pronunciation is the key to concentration; and having a blurry picture of the words that we recite – in our mind – while praying is a serious obstacle to correct pronunciation and consequently concentration.
In short, concentration is not the goal of our praying. The Goal is to show our submission to Him with the hope that He Guide us to the right path and if He is satisfied of our performance also provides us with the sweetness of praying.
By: M. Falamaki (Dr.)