Friday, June 10, 2011

Why I Love to Pray

There was a time when praying five times a day felt like such a burden in life. The times were so inconvenient to my schedule and my heart was never truly in it. Then I came to know of the following saying of God:

I have divided prayer between Myself and My servant into two halves, and My servant shall have what he has asked for. When the servant says:

All praise belongs to Allaah the Rabb of all the Worlds.
God says: My servant has praised Me. And when he says:

The Most Gracious the Most Merciful
God says: My servant has extolled Me, and when he says:

Master of the Day of Judgement
God says: My servant has glorified Me -and on one occasion He said: My servant has submitted to My power. And when he says:

You alone do we worship and from You alone do we seek help
God says: This is between Me and My servant, and My servant shall have what he has asked for. And when he says:

Guide us to the Straight Path, the Path of those whom you have favored, not of those upon whom is Your anger, nor of those who are astray

God says: This is for My servant, and My servant shall have what he has asked for."

[Narration reported by Muslim, Maalik, at-Tirmidhee, Abu Daawood, an-Nasaaee and Ibn Maajah]

The verses that God responds to in the above narration are the translation of the verses from the Opening Chapter of the Qur'an. It is what Muslims recite in every prayer unit every time they pray.



Prayer to me is my time of solitude with God; one-on-one time with Him. Its the time that I get to talk to God and I know that He is responding and its almost as if I can physically hear it. And most of all it is a time in which God will answer my prayer of seeking guidance directly with no hesitation and no doubt on my part.

I try to surround my day, my activities, my schedule around prayer. When I'm in class I think about where I'll pray after it. When I'm finished with one prayer I'll think about when the next prayer is. When I sleep I think about when I'll wake up for prayer again. Its a cycle that keeps going on without end.

Sometimes people get frustrated with my constant worry about my prayers and not missing them. But I don't care because when you drink from the elixir of God's love who cares about what others think? Its His love thats a necessity for me in life.

The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, "When anyone of you is engaged in the prayer, he is holding an intimate conversation with his Lord."

May we be amongst those who are intimate with God. Ameen.

7 comments:

rose water said...

Masha'Allah, very well written sister and Alhamdulillah, I'm so glad for you that you feel like this about salah and that your life turns around it. That's how it should be for every muslim! :) Insha'Allah.

Constructive Attitude said...

Ameen!

p.s. im glad you dont care what people think and get frustrated with.

Softly Spoken said...

I love prayer too.

supreem said...

I hope I can get to that point in my life. -___- inshaAllah.

Loredana said...

I love reading your blog because it brings me into a world i'm so fascinated about (Muslim) and that people question so much. However it proves to me how very alike we are even if I am in fact not Muslim. When it comes to God, Allah, it seems that not much is misrepresented. I pray a lot too in the course of a day. I don't pray 5x a day as you do or must but I pray often throughout the day and whenever I feel I need to speak to God or just thank Him. I always pray before a meal, even a snack at times, and before bed. I pray when I just want Him to listen to me without judgement and I especially pray when I have no one else to turn to that can help. Someone without a bias opinion someone i know is definitely listening to me. Like you say you can physically feel him or hear him answering your prayers. I can't think of one time He's let me down or hasn't answered a prayer of mine although I'm sure i've let Him down a million + times. However, His love is truly unconditional.

Margie said...

Prayer is so good!
I love to pray too!

May blessings surround you!

Margie :)

Youthful Wisdom said...

Rose water- alhumdulillah I hope the feeling stays!

CA- :)

Softly Spoken- May you always love it!

Supreem- I think it takes a change of paradigm in one's thinking and approach to prayer and God in general I think

Lorenda- So true! There's an amazing feeling when you know that He's there listening and validating your every feeling, something that no one can do. God bless!

Margie- Amen!