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The Secret Ingredients To A Better Salāh

12 Feb

ADVANCE PREPARATION –Try and
complete all needs and duties before
the approach of salāh, or at least leave
them in such a condition that would not
distract the mind during the salāh. It is
sinful to perform salāh in an uneasy
distracted state of mind when one is
able to avoid it. A distracted mind also
refers to performing salāh when in need
of relieving oneself or of even passing
‘wind’ (i.e. flatulence). In fact, if such an
acute need does occur during the salāh,
the salāh should be terminated and only
resumed once at ease (irrespective of
whether, by doing so, the salāh with
congregation is missed or not).5
A METICULOUS WUDU – Perform a
thorough wudu maintaining the fard,
sunnah and mustahab aspects. Utilise a
moderate amount of water and desist
from all worldly talk. Involvement in
such talk ruins the spirituality of the
wudu totally. Remember! The key to
salāh is wudu. So, a better wudu will
surely lead to a better salāh.
SWITCH THE MIND OFF –The stepping
stone to an attentive salāh is to ensure
one commences it with a tranquil and
relaxed mind. To achieve this, try and
be seated in the Musjid (or the place of
salāh) before time and recite a little
amount of zikr. Just as how the blades
of the fan continue to rotate well after
the switch is turned off, so too is the
effect of all activities on one’s mind.
Coming early for salāh will also secure
the good fortune of performing the
salāh with the first takbīr (takbīr ūlā)
which is extremely meritorious.
CLEAR THE AREA – Perform the salāh
away from any distractions such as the
T.V, radio, nasheeds which are playing,
discussions of people, noise etc., as
these naturally distract and divert the
mind during the salāh. If possible, try to
perform salāh on a plain printed musalla
instead of a heavily designed one.
Otherwise, one would be concentrating
on the designs and counting of the
domes and minarets instead of counting
the number of rakats.
TIPS – Some Úlama have recommended
a simple though effective technique to
achieve concentration. In every posture
of salāh, one should meditate on only
three things. These are: (1) My Allah is
watching me, (2) My Allah is listening to
me, and (3) My Allah is aware of me.
With this frame of mind, one should
recite the various tasbīhāt, qirat etc. of
the salāh. Those who are well versed in
Arabic should ponder over the meanings
of the verses while others should try to
learn the meanings of a few sūrahs,
especially Sūrah Fātihah, since it is
recited most often. Many of us have our
set sūrahs for a 2, 3 and 4 rakat salāh.
Hence, on completion of Sūrah Fātihah,
before even thinking and realising what
sūrah to choose and recite, we are
already half way through these sūrahs.
In this case, we should recite other
sūrahs such as Sūrah Yasin, Tabarak etc.
Pronouncing the letters loud enough as
to hear it yourself (but not loud enough
as to disturb others) is also extremely
useful in focusing one’s attention in the
salāh. We should also try to perfect the
outer postures of salāh including the
focusing of one’s gaze in each posture.
If greater concentration is achieved by
closing the eyes during the salāh, then
in this case only, one may close the
eyes.6 However, the ideal would be to
achieve this concentration by keeping
them open as was the Sunnah (practice)
of our Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
THE YAWNS… – More often than not,
yawning is the result of one being
absent-minded during the salāh.
Nonetheless, if it does occur, one
should first try to suppress it (by closing
the mouth). If one is unable to do so,
then the right hand should be used to
cover the mouth, if one is in the
standing position. Otherwise the left
hand should be used if in any other
posture of the salāh.
NOTE: It is makrūh to use the hand to
cover the mouth when yawning during
salāh if one is able to suppress it by
doing so with the mouth only.7 Sounds
such as ‘Ha…’ etc. should not be
uttered while yawning as this has been
prohibited in the Ahadith.8
FIDDLING – The most obvious and
apparent sign of an inattentive mind is
that of fiddling and fidgeting. Saeed Ibn
Musayyib ﻪﻤﺣﺭ ﻪﻠﻟﺍ , a great Tābi’ī, once
saw a man who was fidgeting with his
beard during the salāh and commented,
“If this man was attentive, his body
would have (also) being motionless.”9 If
the mind is alert and attentive,
subsequently, the physical body also
becomes composed and tranquil. Let us
avoid all unnecessary movement during
the salāh.
SHORT AND SWEET – Initially,
concentration should be developed by
performing shorter (not quick and
hasty) salāhs while trying to focus in
each posture. Once the desired
concentration is achieved, one may then
perform lengthier rakats of salāh. This
was the practice of many of our pious
elders.
A GROSS MISUNDERSTANDING – A
common understanding of an attentive
salāh is that, one should be totally
absorbed and oblivious of one’s
surroundings during the salāh. This is
incorrect. Experiencing such a condition
is simply a gift from Allah and is in no
way a requirement of salāh. In fact, at
times this may even be a subtle scheme
from Shaytan to sway us away from
mustering up courage and attempting to
perform a perfect salāh. Since, one
would think that such a salāh is out of
my reach and impossible for me to
perform, so I’ll just carry on with my old
inattentive one. Nevertheless, an
attentive salāh simply means that one
should be aware and realise what one is
doing during the course of the salāh.
For example, one should be conscious of
the fact that now I am reciting Sūrah
Fatiha, or now I am going into ruku,
sajda etc. this much is sufficient when
initially correcting our salāh.
If still you have problem
concentrating…
If after carefully practicing on these
points, one still does not achieve the
desired concentration, one should not
be disillusioned. Remember that
concentration comes through practice
while salāh has to be performed in all
circumstances, with or without
concentration. Shaytan will find this to
be an ideal opportunity to sway us away
from salāh with thoughts such as, ‘what
good is your salāh if your mind is
wandering all over the place?’ The
Úlama state that our effort is to ‘try’ to
concentrate in the event of not having
achieved concentration. Allah wants to
see our sincere attempt in developing
that better salāh. If one entertains stray
thoughts during the salāh, repent
sincerely and make a resolute intention
of improving the salāh. In addition to
this brief compilation, the following
books should also be consulted:
Source: Tazkiyatips

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