3 Tips to Enhance Daily Prayerby Suryani Omar
Prayer, also known as Salah, is a fundamental pillar of Islam and is considered an essential act of worship for Muslims worldwide. Salah is performed five times a day, and it involves a series of physical movements and recitations of verses from the Quran.
Prayer times are fixed and take place before dawn, midday, afternoon, sunset, and at night. Each prayer is performed while facing the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Benefits of prayer
Salah strengthens our faith and helps us connect with Allah.
In addition to its spiritual significance, Salah is also believed to have numerous physical and mental health benefits. The physical movements involved in Salah can serve as a form of exercise, and the act of performing Salah can help reduce stress and increase focus.
To perform Salah, one must first perform the ritual ablution, or Wudu, which involves washing the hands, face, arms, and feet. The prayer itself consists of several physical movements, including standing, bowing, and prostrating, and it is performed in a specific order.
Tips to pray on time
1. Plan your day around Prayer
It can be challenging to perform Salah on time if you have a busy schedule. However, planning your day around Salah can help you prioritize your prayers.
For example, if you know that you have a meeting at the time of Dhuhr prayer, you can plan to perform the prayer before the meeting or after it. By planning ahead, you can ensure that you do not miss any prayers and perform them on time.
You can set reminders for each of the five daily prayers on your Muslim Pro app, and your device will notify you when it is time to pray. This way, you will never miss a prayer, and you can ensure that you perform Salah on time.
2. Keep a prayer journal
Having a log to record your prayers can help you remain accountable.
The Tracker function in the Muslim Pro app, allows you to record once you’ve completed a salah. This can help you assess your prayer journey- are you missing any and have to make up prayers? Which prayers are you struggling with?
With the Muslim Pro app, you can record or journal your prayers and fasts.
Just as our employers conduct performance reviews, we should also try to review our salah. This act of self-reflection or muhasabah allows us to ascertain the gaps in our acts of worship and plan to better them, In Sha Allah.
3. Make Dua
Dua or supplication is the act of calling upon Allah, seeking His guidance, mercy, and forgiveness. It is a powerful tool that can helps us connect with Allah and ask for His help and blessings.
The Quran feature in the Muslim Pro app enables users to easily search for verses that they would like to read. It also categorizes the surah according to the period in which it was revealed.
Prophet Ibrahim a.s. himself asked Allah to keep him and his progeny steadfast upon prayers. His dua is recorded in the Quran.
رَبِّ اجْعَلْنِي مُقِيمَ الصَّلَاةِ وَمِنْ ذُرِّيَّتِي ۚ رَبَّنَا وَتَقَبَّلْ دُعَاءِ
Rabbij-’alni muqimas-solati wa min zurriyyati, Rabbana wa taqabbal du’aa.
“My Lord! Make me and those ˹believers˺ of my descendants keep up prayer. Our Lord! Accept my prayers.”
(Surah Ibrahim, 14:40)