3 Tips To Improve Concentration In Prayer - How To focus While Praying?

When you say, Allah Akbar, what does that mean? You have seen people who pray they say Allah Akbar, right ? That means God is greatest. What does that mean? That means put everything behind: your business, your work, your hectic schedule, focus on your Creator. Put everything behind you. That is what it means. If you pay attention to the symbolism and the meaning of this takbeer, this helps you concentrate in Salat and benefiting from your salat.

When you are doing your salat, make sure you try to understand what you are saying and doing. Because God does not just want you to bow down and prostrate without knowing why you are doing that. So here is a few tips.

Number one: before you begin your salat, prepare a special corner in your room in your office in your house, where you would pray. Make sure it is a quiet area, there is not a lot of noise that would distract you. Before your salat, apply perfume to you, your prayer rug and the room. Because you know what the perfume does? It soothes you and allows you to concentrate.

Hence the Prophet says," If you pray while applied perfume or, let us say, cologne for the men, while applying a fragrance smell, your salat is worth 70 times more than the one who prays without perfume." For every salat keep a nice bottle of cologne or perfume or a fragrant smell. Before you pray add perfume, to the room, to your clothes, to your prayer rug, this helps you concentrate. Very important.

Number two: make sure as you are praying, you know what you are doing and saying, if I pray a salat and I didn't pay attention to it, yes, it's not going to benefit me that much. When you say Allahu Akbar, these acts and symbols of salat, make sure you know what they mean. When you say Allahu Akbar, what does that mean? You have seen people who they say Allah Akbar, right ? That means God is greatest. What does that mean? That means put everything behind: your business, your work, your hectic schedule, focus on your Creator, put everything behind you. That is what it means. If you pay attention to the symbolism and the meaning of this takbeer, this helps you concentrate on salat and benefiting from your salat.

When do you go and bow down for God, you are offering your neck for God. Oh, God, I am humble. I am offering my neck for you. Do not be so arrogant because we human beings, we tend to be arrogant. When you bow down for God, that teaches you humility. When you do sujood, Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib, alayhi assalam, many of you are familiar with this Hadith. The Imam says when you go down to sujood the prostration, you put your head on the ground. The first time you put your head on the ground, what does that symbolize? That you were created from the ground, you are created from clay. God created Adam and his progeny from clay. So that is your origin. Do not be so arrogant. You were made from clay. Who do you think you are? When you raise your head from sujood, from prostration, when you raise your head, what does that signify?

The day you were born. I came to this life. I have a test. There is purpose behind my life. When you prostrate for the second time, because we have two sujoods in every salat. When you prostrate the second time, what does that signify? Just like you were created from the ground you will go back into the ground. The grave. Remember, there is death. If you are cheating people, defrauding people, committing acts of injustice, listen you will go down there one day. When you raise your head the second time, what does it mean?

The Day of Judgment when God will resurrect you again from the ground. If you pay attention to this, this is the salat that will help you avoid al-fasha'i wa al-munkar. So it is really difficult, but you have to struggle. You know, have you seen in mosque, we do not have one here, but usually where the Imam is praying, you call it mihrab. What does that mihrab mean in Arabic? Does anyone know? It is derived from the word harb. What does harb mean? Battle, war.

Wait a minute, this we are praying where is the war. It is a battlefield. When you stand to pray, it is a war, it is a battlefield against your evil desires and against the devil, Satan. That is why that is why the devil will try all that he can to distract you. It is really a battle, so take it as a battle, go prepared, feeling strong. You want to knock him down and one of the tools the devil uses to distract you, just to distract you if you have ever forgotten something, boom. He will make you remember it in your salat.

You know, there is someone he always loses his glasses, like whenever I lose my glasses. I do not know where to find it Allahu Akbar, I just pray, I remember where it is. Or if you have left your keys somewhere, immediately, in your salat you remember. Or something that happened a month ago, you know, that person, he insulted me and I remained silent. I should have responded that way. I should have used that line against him. Boom, comes in your mind. Why?

Shaytan. He is trying to distract you, so if you go prepared, do your wydhu correctly, pray correctly, start with the perfume, go into a quiet place where there is not a lot of distractions. Pay attention to what the words you are saying. Pay attention to the symbolism the Takbeera, the Ruku', the Sujood, you can gradually train yourself to overcome the Shaytan.