Zoheir Ali Esmail, Shaykh Zoheir Ali Esmail has a Bsc in Accounting and Finance from the LSE in London, and an MA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University. He studied Arabic at Damascus University and holds a PhD... Answered 1 year ago


Thank you for your question. From a practical perspective try and recite your prayers as close to when the time for them arrives. This act will help you prioritise prayer over other activities in your life, as when prayers are delayed they can feel like a chore that just have to be completed before the time passes. Some people organise their whole life around prayer times and that helps them with time management and makes them more productive.

Aside from organising the timing for prayer, try and spend some time finding out the philosophy of prayer and trying to practically realise some of its aims. Many approach prayer in a purely ritualistic fashion and as such do not reap the benefits of prayer.  To give an example, it is like going to the gym 5 times a day without using any of the machinery or doing any exercise. It is no wonder that after a while a person would not want to continue going to the gym as they don't know why they are even there, and take no benefit from the time they spend there. They feel like they have better things to do. When there is no connection to the spiritual, prayer looses meaning and becomes something we perform only to check a box. Even checking that box has a benefit, but not one that we can directly understand and that being the case it is important to make the effort to feel the benefits of prayer in order to actively choose to pray every day, just like feeling the benefits of going to the gym on our health encourages us to keep going and to keep improving.

May you always be successful