More often than not, our attention and
concentration in our prayers are compromised. We seldom derive
the optimum benefit of the prayer because we are not able to
focus on the prayer. It has become a ritual in which we often
remember and think of all kinds of things. In fact, our mind
becomes a powerhouse of ideas and distractions during the
prayer. How then should one deal with this situation?
Besides making an effort to know what we
are reading in the prayer, here are a few tips that may be
1. We must try to memorize more passages
and surahs of the Qur’an for reciting them in the
prayer. This will add variety and variance in it. One this is
done, it will in turn become an impetus to memorize more
surahs. It goes without saying that we must know the
meaning of whatever we memorize.
2. We should try to stop all our
activities a few minutes before offering the prayer and use
this time to focus our attention. We must talk to ourselves
that we are about to appear before God and hence we need to
concentrate and make the best use of this time. In the busy
life of today, taking out even a few minutes before the prayer
may not always be possible. Yet whenever this can be managed,
let us try our best to do so.
3. The postures of the prayer are no less
important than the utterances. Thus standing, kneeling,
prostrating and sitting are positions that themselves are
postures of worship that must be cherished and relished. Often
we tend to forget that these postures inculcate humility and
servitude to the Creator.