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.
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 (http://bayyinah.com/meaningful-prayer/). 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.