10 Tips for Improving Concentration During Prayer Times

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Let’s be honest here! Plenty of times, we have forgotten which Rakah we were at during our Salah. There must also come an instance when you were disturbed by a sound in your home and forgot which Surah you were reciting during your prayer.

The forgetfulness may be because of one reason: lack of concentration. One of the reasons that so much emphasis is given to praying with focus and concentration is that you never know which part of your prayer is being recorded.

‘Ammar b. Yasir said:

I heard the apostle of Allah (ﷺ) say: A man returns after saying his prayer while a tenth part of his prayer, or a ninth part, or an eight part, or a seventh part, or a sixth part, or a fifth part, or a third part, or half of it, is recorded for him.

[Sunan Abi Dawud 796]

Like many others, If you need help in improving focus and concentration while offering your Salah, here are ten that may help you:

  1. Perform Wudu Correctly

Wudu is the first step to setting the intention to pray. It is also a form of worship. While doing the Wudu, you must be mindful of your actions and concentrate your thoughts on them. Start building your focus from wudu and carry it forward until you offer the Salah. You can read more about this in Muslim and Quran

Narrated by Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “The prayer of a person who does Hadath (passes urine, stool or wind) is not accepted till he performs the ablution.

[Sahih al-Bukhari 135]
  1. Praying in a Suitable Environment

When you pray at home, you must ensure no distractions while you offer your prayers. It is preferable to pray in a quiet spot and deliver it in a dimly lit room to feel more connected to Allah.

Loud chatter or noises are always distractors and reduce your focus and connection to Allah. Put your phone on silent mode or set it aside so you do not get distracted by its ringing.

  1. Try Your Best to Pray Together

One of the best ways to offer your Salah is by praying together in a masjid or community center. It gives a feeling of belonging to the community. Men can get a chance to meet others in the masjid and learn new things about Islam. You can also join a support group after the Salah to become more mindful of other community support systems.

  1. Make Sure That You Can Listen to Your Voice

You can get distracted more when you are praying alone. Therefore, you must say the verses and surahs with a voice that is louder and clearer so you can hear them. Praying loudly helps to block out the other unnecessary voices in your home. These instructions are also mentioned in the Quran itself. 

Say, ˹O Prophet,˺ “Call upon Allah or call upon the Most Compassionate—whichever you call, He has the Most Beautiful Names.” Do not recite your prayers too loudly or silently, but seek a way between.

[Surah Al-Isra, Verse 110]
  1. Know That Allah Is Watching You

When offering your daily prayer, whenever your mind wanders off, think about Allah and how He is watching you because Allah is closer to us than our jugular veins [Surah Qaf: 16]. He is aware of every move we make and our words during the Salah.

  1. Take a Pause

It is Sunnah to sit for a few seconds after the second Sajdah. According to the Sunnah, the prophet used to sit and pause for a moment before starting the next Rakah. It not only helps to relax your mind but also helps prevent mixing up your Rakah.

  1. Thinking about the Meaning of the Words

You can lose focus easily if you are unaware of what you say. For Muslims who do not routinely speak Arabic, it is important to memorize the meaning of the Surah that is recited during the Salah. It helps them to interpret the verse accordingly and be more focused during the prayers.

  1. Adding Variations to the Salah

It is human nature to lose concentration in something repetitive that is performed routinely. However, adding a variety of supplications, verses, and dua can make your Salah variable and less repetitive. For instance, you can learn other short Surahs to recite during Qiyam.

Most of us recite Subhana Rabbi Al-Adheem during Ruku, and Subhana Rabbi Al-Aala during Sajdah. However, little do Muslims know that there are alternatives that they can recite instead of these two supplications.

  1. Remembering That Salah Is an Important Task

We often forget that Salah is an essential part of Islam. No Muslim is complete without performing their daily prayers. Therefore, one must remind themselves daily about the responsibilities and importance of Salah. It is a task that we perform five times a day exclusively for Allah. Moreover, you must also remember that you will be accountable for all of these prayers on the day of judgment. 

  1.  Identify the Source of the Disturbance

A particular thing may disturb you while you offer your prayers. It can be the noise from outside your house or even something as small as a tap dripping in your toilet. Identify the source of disturbance and try to get rid of it. For instance, if you find it hard to pray in your home because of the noise, you can go to the nearest masjid to offer your prayers. If your kids are playing on the TV too loud, you can ask them to turn it off while offering your prayers. Remember, attention and focus during your prayers always be your top priority.

Conclusion

Offering Salah is an important part of being a Muslim. Without providing these obligatory prayers, a Muslim’s deen and Imaan are considered to be incomplete. However, most Muslims forget the importance of this task and offer it half-heartedly and without any concentration. We will leave you with a verse from the Quran where Allah has strongly emphasized offering prayers as it helps build the connection between the Lord and humans.

And when you have completed the prayer, remember Allāh standing, sitting, or [lying] on your sides. But when you become secure, re-establish [regular] prayer. Indeed, prayer has been decreed upon the believers a decree of specified times.

[Surah Nisa, 4:103]
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