Friday, November 14, 2014

Relationship: How Do I Concentrate in My Solah (Prayer)?


I actually don't know how to start this because this is my first time emailing someone. 

I would say that I'm not very a concentrating person when it comes to pray. I do try my best to wash my thoughts away from my head and just focus on what I have to do, and that is praying but I just couldn't and always fail. 

Solah is important and is the very first thing to be ask by when the judgement day. I also think that Solah is the thing that we can't carelessly do so the question is, how can I make myself more attentive throughout my prayers. 

I'd appreciate if you answer this.


Waalaikumussalam warahmatullah.

Thank you for your email.

First of all, I commend you for your concern about the quality of your Solah. Indeed, Solah is the pillar of our faith and we shouldn't take it lightly. Each one should be done like it's our last.

May Allah reward you for your noble intention. Ameen.

Know that you are not alone in this. Khushu (concentration) in prayer is something that we all want and crave, and not many can do it perfectly. However, it is comforting to know that Allah doesn't expect us to be perfect. What He expects from us is for us to try our very best.

It is indeed difficult to concentrate in our current world which is full of distractions. Concentration in general is an issue for all of us. We get easily distracted and our attention span is getting shorter and shorter. It is a jihad (struggle) to maintain concentration in a specific task and to maintain concentration in life - to live in the moment.

With regards to concentration in prayer, try your very best. It helps if you can understand what you are saying in prayer and really reflect on the meanings of what you say and do. Try to be present in every moment of your prayer. Try to feel your limbs moving and try to listen to every word you are saying. Try to fight the urge to turn Solah into something routine and mundane.

There are classes around that focuses on understanding the meanings of the sayings in prayer such as the "Meaningful Prayer" class organized by Bayyinah Institute ( I've attended that class and found it to be very beneficial. There are many things I learned about Solah that I didn't know before.

I am not sure where you are right now but I believe you can find something similar in your neighbourhood. If not, you can try to look for something like that online or find books related to the topic.

To have 100% concentration is very difficult but like I said, we do our best. Try to maintain concentration in your Solah for as long as you can. If you get sidetracked (as many of us do), then refocus yourself as soon as you realize that your concentration is off.

Just try your best. That is what Allah expects from you, and from everybody else.

May Allah accept all our prayers and grant us the sweetness of faith. Ameen.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

General: How Do I Become a Youtuber?

Assalamu'alaikum Bro Aiman,

I'm planning to become a Youtuber, would like to seek your advice on certain technical issues. What are your equipments for video shooting, what type of software you use for editing or any other planning you do before making a video? Glad to hear from you soon and thank you! 


Waalaikumussalam warahmatullah.

Thank you for your message.

My equipments are fairly basic: a camera, a tripod, and a computer.

Pick a camera that can shoot decent quality video and audio (especially audio!), preferably wide screen. Don't get too caught up in specs and price - pick whichever you can afford.

Same goes with tripod. Pick one that is good enough for the job. No need for an expensive one if there's no real need for it.

For your computer, make sure it is fast enough for video editing. For starter, you can use Windows Live Movie Maker. It's free and usable for simple videos and for beginners. From there, you can move up the ladder to something like Sony Vegas or Adobe Premiere Pro.

Before making a video, write a script or some notes to make it easier for you to deliver your content. Just be yourself and focus on getting the message across. Don't think about views or popularity; those things are just distractions.

Focus on delivering good messages as best as you can, with what you can afford now.

I pray that Allah grant you success. Ameen.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Community: Does ISIS Represent Islam?

Assalamualaikum dear brother in Islam,

I am a 17-year-old female Muslim. 

Today at school I heard on the announcement that something happened in Ottawa and if anybody is grieving can go seek help. I did not know what the principal was talking about so after school I went to search it up. I found that a soldier was shot by a man that might be connected to ISIS. 

I have heard about ISIS at the news and such, but I don't understand anything especially since I am still a teenager. But I like to understand and know things to have a better judgement and not be ignorant. But at the same time, I'm afraid I might be more confused if I go deep into the matter.

When I researched about ISIS, I got different perspectives. Why do Muslims kill people and behead them? I read about this British humanitarian guy getting beheaded. These kind of actions sounds so un-Islamic to me. But at the same time, I understand (or I think so) that their goal/mission is to help those Muslims who are oppressed in Syria and Iraq.

So how do we as Muslims deal with these confusing topics? 



First of all, thank you for asking questions when you don't know the answer to something. That is better than keeping quiet and remain confused.

Second of all, I applaud you for having the desire to remove ignorance from your mind and soul. May Allah reward you for your noble intention. Ameen.

Regarding ISIS or any other organizations like it, I invite you to consider what Ibn Qayyim said:

“The foundation of the Shari’ah is wisdom and the safeguarding of people’s welfare in this life and the next. In its entirety it is about justice, mercy, wisdom, and good. Every rule which replaces justice with injustice, mercy with its opposite, the common good with mischief, and wisdom with folly, is a ruling that does not belong to the shari’ah, even though it might have been claimed to be according to some interpretation..." (I’lam al-Muwaqqi’in, vol.1, p.333)

If an organization claims to represent Islam, then that organization should uphold the foundation of Shari'ah as what Ibn Qayyim brilliantly summarized above: justice, mercy, wisdom, and good. Anything that goes against those 4 main things are not from Islam, even if they claim it to be so by some interpretation.

Take this as a benchmark to filter all the information you hear about Islam, whether it be on the newspaper, on TV, or on the internet. Indeed we are living in confusing days where falsehoods can be made to look like the truth. Insha Allah if we equip ourselves with the right knowledge and understanding, we can shield ourselves from misguidance.

I hope that answer helps.

May Allah guide us all. Ameen.