How do I Build Concentration in Salah?
  • Question

    How can I concentrate better in Salat and not think about random things?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    May Allah shower His mercy upon you for your interest in improving your prayer.

    Here are some recommendations that may facilitate better concentration in salat:

    • Make sincere dua (supplication) to Allah for concentration.

    • Learn the translations and commentary of the commonly recited verses, supplications and adhkar (praises of Allah) that are part of salat.

    • Read the life biography of the pious and the description of how they performed prayers.

    • Take out sufficient time to prepare for the prayer rather than rushing at the last moments.

    • Eliminate distractions (cell phones, screens, distracting surroundings, hunger etc.)

    • Take prayer seriously. Be particular about all the specifics and formalities such as ablution, wearing dignified clothes, standing appropriately etc.

    • Mentally visualize that you are standing before the Creator. Remember death, resurrection, judgment day and the forth coming realities.

    • Bring the understanding that you are communicating with the Creator and He responds.

    • Fix your sight at the appropriate places as mentioned through the prophetic teachings.

    I pray Allah blesses us all with concentration in prayer.

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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