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Mindfully observing a ritual is important, especially when it comes to focus, because often we get distracted without realizing it. The distractions work because we’re not paying attention. Islam emphasises the importance of one’s focus on their Salah, in fact focus and concentration are linked to success in this life and the Hereafter.Reply
To improve my focus in Salah I try the following:
TIP 1: Escape the Dunya
When raising my hands to say Allahuakabar, I imagine pushing the whole world back behind me and standing in the middle of a calm, slow and steady moving kayak overlooking the mountains. This helps me step away from the dunya.
TIP 2: Reflect on the verses in relation to your life
During the salah, I try to reflect on the verses recited and to relate it to my life.
TIP 3: Remove all distractions
I also silence my phone completely by turning off the vibration. If at the masjid, i try to leave the phone in the car.
TIP 4: Strategy when losing focus – Renew my intention
At times when I feel the need to renew my focus, i remind my self internally using self talk that – Allah s.w.t. is my Audience and not the people beside me. I stand before you, my creator, to earn your pleasure and mercy and to come closer to you.
TIP 5: When feeling rushed – Slow Down
If I sense that I am rushing, I take a deep breath and remind myself of the hadith where once the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam mentioned to a man, Go back and pray for you have not prayed. I use this to remind me that inorder for my salah to be accepted, i need to slow down and ensure that i am comfortable in that position before moving to the next.
There is certainly a great deal to learn about this subject.
I really like all of the points you’ve made.Reply