RAMADAN PREP TIP # 3: TRY TO STOP SNOOZING IN SALAH
Yes, indeed. This is something we all need to work on, myself included.
Ramadan is a month of prayer: the taraweeh and the qiyam al-layl come to mind. We always dream of praying more in this month. Therefore, we need to prepare ourselves in advance.
Firstly, what is the point of praying? It’s done to get closer to Allah, to know Him, to establish a connection with Him, to praise Him and to glorify Him. Salaah is the primary application of tawheed. It isn’t done just to get it over with.
There are two important parts of the Salaah:
1) The outward actions – these have to be done the way the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) did it, not the way that we were taught by our parents, teachers, in-laws, etc. Of course, it’s quite possible that our parents or teachers taught us how to pray the right way. If so, then alhamdulillah. If not, then we need to leave the wrong way and learn the right way.
2) The inward actions – This is the action of the heart and that’s where the seat of khushoo (humility) is. This is what we would call “focusing on our salaah”.
[Completely unrelated but very important point: Yes, it is SALAAH, not SALAAT.]
Insha-Allah, in future posts, I’ll be putting up resources on how to pray properly as well as khushoo tips.
For now, I’ll leave you with Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim’s (rahimahullah) words:
[Waswaas = insinuating whispers from Shaytaan]
“When it comes to prayer, people are of five levels:
The first is the level of the one who wrongs himself and is negligent. He does not do wudoo properly, or pray at the right time or make sure he does all the necessary parts of prayer.
The second is one who observes the outward essentials of prayer, prays on time and does wudoo, but he has lost the battle against his own self and is overwhelmed with waswaas.
The third is one who observes the outward essentials of prayer, prays on time and does wudoo, and also strives against his own self and against waswaas, but he is preoccupied with his struggle against his enemy (i.e. the Shaytaan), lest he steal from his prayer, so he is engaged in salaah and jihaad at the same time.
The fourth is one who when he stands up to pray, he fulfils all the requirements of the prayer, and his heart is fully focused and alert lest he omit anything, and his concern is to do the prayer properly and perfectly. His heart is deeply immersed in his prayer and worship of his Lord.
The fifth is one who does all of that, but he takes his heart and places it before his Lord, looking at his Lord with his heart and focusing on Him, filled with love and adoration, as if he is actually seeing Him. That waswaas and those thoughts diminish, and the barriers between him and his Lord are lifted. The difference between the prayer of this person and the prayer of anyone is else is greater than the difference between heaven and earth. When this person prays, he is preoccupied with his Lord and content with Him.
The first type is punishable; the second is accountable; the third is striving so he is not counted as a sinner; the fourth is rewarded and the fifth is drawn close to his Lord, because he is one of those for whom prayer is a source of joy. Whoever finds their joy in prayer in this life, will find their joy in being close to Allaah in the Hereafter, and will also find his joy in Allaah in this world. Whoever finds his joy in Allaah will be content with everything, and whoever does not find his joy in Allaah, will be destroyed by his feelings of grief and regret for worldly matters.” (al-Waabil al-Sayib, p. 40).
[Quoted from 33 Ways of Developing Khushoo in Salaah]