Why do you pray?
Do you pray because you need something? Do you pray because you want something? Do you pray because you are just told so? Come, think of it, ask yourself, why do you pray?
Many thoughts are coming now to your mind.
We have all our own reasons why we pray to Allah, but before anything else, let it be known that you pray because it is not because you are told so but because you are obliged to do so, it is the first pillar of Islam.
Realize that Allah never gets tired of Providing and Sustaining for your needs, He forgives you as long as you repent yet when He calls you to pray and have a talk with Him.
Salah is a gift and a mercy from Allah. It is the best form of giving thanks to Allah, best way to have a talk with him and pour everything that is in your heart without being ashamed because you know Allah can be the only One who can bring such comfort in your heart, you know that when you pour out your feelings to Him, He comforts it by letting your tears fall from your eyes which in return gives such relief in you, have you ever notice that?
Yes, when we cry, we release all out the stress, hatred and pain away from our hearts, that is a mercy from Allah, so when you cry it doesn’t mean you are weak, it just means that you are being comforted by Allah, there is nothing wrong on crying. It is a gift, so embrace it.
When you pray, concentrate, do not be fast on uttering the words of the Quran, feel every word, there is nothing wrong if you take long in salaah, it is a moment gifted to you by Allah, so make it count.
When you pray, know that you stand infront of Allah, so be firm. Stay focused, remember sooner or later, death may come upon you, so pray as if it is your last, cry, because with all the sins we have committed, we should cry, cry out for forgiveness from Him, for every minute that we have displeased Him, He tells us…
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said in a Hadith Qudsi that Allah said:
“O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you.
O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as its.”
Every time, every time and i mean every single time we pray our Salah, make it the most meaningful one. Make it so meaningful that your du’a would make the angels say Amin with you.
Allah is Al Wadood, The Most Loving, my brother and sister in Islam, Allah loves you, just by the mere fact that he handpicked you to be a Muslim, says so much about His Love for you, or by just the fact that you were lost and He guided you back, doesn’t that make the heart grow fonder for Him more?
When you got lost, He didn’t put you astray more, rather He called you back, wallahi He gave you that honor back, so why are you putting this honor away by not praying?
Every salah we make is a worship to Him, but go beyond that, make it a communication, a direct communication from you to Him, rather just praying just because you have to, pray because you want to, because you need to because its all that you have, the first step to become better, the first step to become closer to Him.
My dear child, we are bound to return to our Lord soon, either I go first or you go, all of us will. So make everyday count, you are given 5 gifts everyday, open it, fill it, embrace it and make use of it.
Remember, not all the people in this world is given this honor of having a talk with Him 5 times a day, We are blessed for we are Muslims and Allah honored us that.