As salaam alaykum
QUESTION: Please I need your assistance. How can you as a Muslim control thinking during prayers.
Answer: Alhamdulillaah the Praise is for Allaah and may His peace and blessing be upon His Messenger. This matter is related to Khushoo in salaah Khushoo means calmness, serenity, tranquility, dignity and humility. What makes a person have this khushoo is fear of Allaah and the sense that He is always watching, Khushoo means that the heart stands before the Lord in humility and submission which is a quality of the true faith. Allaah says:
"Successful indeed are the believers, those who offer their salaah (prayers) with all solemnity and full submissiveness." (Q23: 1-2)
Hudhayfah (RA). the notable Companion said: "The first thing of your religion that you will lose is khushoo, and the last thing that you will lose of your religion is salaah. There may be a person praying who has no goodness in him, and soon you will enter the mosque and not find anyone who has khushoo. (Madarij Saalikeen). Your specific condition requires that the matter be solved from two fronts. First, how to attain Khushoo and stop the whispers before salaah and the second is how to attain Khushoo and stop the unnecessary thoughts while in Salaah.
The control of thoughts should start from outside the salaah itself. Indeed from the time of ablution since the one going for salaah is already in the salaah. So, his physical and mental state before entering the salaah should be like his condition in the salaah by being submissive, humble and tranquil.
Jaabir (RA) narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessing be upon him) said: "Whenever anyone of you performs the ablution perfectly and thereafter goes out to the mosque; he does not raise his right foot except that Allaah writes for him a good deed; and he does not place his left foot save that Allaah removes his sins, mistakes and shortcomings. Then when he arrives at the mosque and prays with the congregation, his sins are forgiven. If he arrived at the mosque while a part of the salaah had been performed and there remained the last part and he prayed whatever he attained and completed the rest, he would equally be forgiven. If he arrived at the mosque after the salaah has been performed, he would equally be forgiven. "(Abu Dawood)
Move with ease
In your movement to the mosque, you should be easy and moderate, not running. This will grant you focus and calm you down. Abu Hurayrah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said:
"when you hear the Iqaamah, walk to the prayer in a state of tranquility and sedateness and do not be in haste (by running or other acts like it). Then, whatever you obtained of the salaah pray with them and complete (the rakahs) that you have missed." (Bukharee and Muslim)
Finish off your task and fulfill your needs as much as you are capable, finish off from your occupation before the time of salaah. This way, you will not be restless in salaah. This is a divine instruction from Allaah:
"SO when you have finished (from your occupation), then stand up for Allaahs worship (i.e. stand up for prayer). And. to your Lord (Alone) turn (all your intentions and hopes and) your invocations." ((94:7-8).
Aaisha (RA) narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessing be upon him) said: "There is no salaah when the food has been served and there is no salaah for the one who intends to pray while the two fifths (urine and feaces) are opposing him so as to make him abstain from the prayer" (Muslim)
Fix your gaze. Finally, when you are in the salaah, avoid looking here and there. That is the Shaytaans ploy to decrease your reward and steal from your salaah.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited