Put your Phone Away! 3 Smart Ways to Maximise your Salah in the Last 10 Days of Ramadan
Can you imagine life without your smart phone?
Admittedly, I’m fairly addicted to tech tools especially the touchscreens. Considering that I’m not your regular techie person, yet I find them useful for my learning adventures.
Whether you use your phone to access information, learn new skills or communicate with others it is one of those tech. tools that make life less complicated.
A few nights ago at the tarawih prayer, my eyes caught something shiny. We were about to start a new unit of prayer when a young sister to my left got busy fiddling with her smart phone. I saw a huge screen filled with multiple images of men.
I went through 360 degrees of emotions – from shock, anger, disbelief to fear and more – before I tried to settle back into my Salah with some sanity and devotion.
In today’s world of hyper connection and quick search, the phone has become ‘a way of life’ for many. It is usually just a bag or pocket away. But, as important and beneficial as the smart phone may be; there’s ‘phone time’ and there’s ‘salah time’.
Imagine being in the house of Allah (SWT), in the special month of Ramadan engaged in salah with the aim of earning His pleasure. Knock, knock… do you need any more motivation to stay focused and earn great rewards?
Salah is a pillar of Islam after shahadah, and khushoo’ in salaah is a prerequisite for a full, rewarding prayer.
When you combine the value of salah with that of Ramadan fasting (another pillar of Islam), can you imagine the accountability upon you? Don’t forget its the last ten days where rewards are given in multiples. Plus the night of power lies waiting for the smart worshippers.
Can you afford to browse/ play/ chat away your salah time?
The Prophet (SAW) used to say in a supplication,
”O Allah, I seek refuge with You from a heart that has no khushoo…” (At-Tirmidhi)
Browsing with your phone in the middle of Salah doesn’t lead to khushoo‘.
The last ten days of Ramadan is a period our beloved prophet (SAW) was reported to become more devoted and engaged in worship acts. In much the same way, he used to encourage his family to engage in much worship.
It is not the time for catching up and staying updated with 1001+ life issues. Surely, there’s time to connect with your Lord and time to connect with the world.
Rectify your Salah today to gain calmness and tranquillity; and also get better connection with Allah (SWT).
Here are some smart ways you can maximise your salah especially in the last ten days of fasting.
After all Salah is worship and a key to success.
”Successful indeed are the believers, those who offer their prayers with all solemnity and full submissiveness.” (Qur’an 23: 1-2)
Whether you are praying alone or in congregation, you can maximise your Salah with an aim of attaining success in both success.
1. Perform Salah with excellence.
– Once the adhan goes off from a nearby masjid or device, respond with appropriate adhkar and switch on your worship mode.
– As you go into the worship mode, declare war on your nafs and on shaytan.
– Keep away from sins, immorality and mindless chatter outside salah.
– Perform your ablution correctly and pray at the right time.
– Pray extra nawafil (voluntary) prayers.
– Stay away from distractions.
2. Interact with Qur’an verses and other phrases of remembrance.
– Strive to bring the Qur’an close to your heart all day – through recitation, memorisation, tafsir and reflection.
– Learn the meanings of phrases used in salah e.g., Allahu akbar, words in ruku’ and sujood.
– Aim to connect with Allah (SWT) through your salah.
– Recite Qur’an verses in slow, rhythmic tones.
– Engage in remembrance after prayers.
3.Unplug from digital world to focus on the everlasting world.
– Put your phone on silent mode, turn off network service or switch off completely when its time to pray.
– Keep device in another room away from where you are praying or at home when going to masjid.
– Prioritise on your time alone with Allah (SWT) while praying, away from screen time.
– If you need to access the Qur’an , use a hard copy not your phone.
Remember it is not a smart decision to allow your device come between you and Allah (SWT). He is self sufficient. You are the one in need of Him.
You need Salah to…
Nourish your soul;
Rectify your heart and
Bring you inner fulfilment.
So keep your heart fully focused and immersed in worship of Allah (SWT) through these last days of fasting. The blessings and benefits of prayers are too many to mention here. But if you are truly aiming for success in both worlds, Salah is your number one link.
Keep your phone away from Salah.
Let the phone connect you with the world in a meaningful way NOT disconnect you from the Lord of the worlds. Get purposeful with your phone. Because nothing in the life of a believer is done without purpose.
In what ways will you maximise your Salah in these last ten days of Ramadan?