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Have you experienced times when you just can’t concentrate on your prayers, no matter how much you try to focus? In a previous article I mentioned ways of combatting distractions in salah. Today I will give you a Ramadhan gift, a set of worksheets you can use to make your Ramadhan prayers better quality and not just quantity.

https://understandquran.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/salah_worksheet.pdf

Memorize the duas that are new to you. They are short and you can perhaps memorize one every day. The wisdom behind memorizing different duas and alternating between them during salah is that you won’t get automatized and fall into a rut during salah, as happens when you keep repeating one dua day after day.

Fill up the following before starting your prayer (leave the duas that are new to you until you have memorized them). Keep varying the options as much as possible.

Checklist
  • Comfortable room temperature
  • Bladder empty
  • Wudu valid
  • Place of prayer, body and clothes clean
  • Minimum physical distractions

 

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Thoughts Closet Write down any thoughts that are on your mind, in order to keep them aside here like a storebox until you finish prayer. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 
Choosing what to read during prayer Your choice Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
Thana: right after the first takbir سُبْـحانَكَ اللّهُـمَّ وَبِحَمْـدِكَ وَتَبارَكَ اسْمُـكَ وَتَعـالى جَـدُّكَ وَلا إِلهَ غَيْرُكHow perfect You are O Allah, and I praise You. Blessed be Your name, and lofty is Your position and none has the right to be worshipped except You. اللَّهُمَّ بَاعِدْ بَيْنِي وَبَيْنَ خَطَايَايَ كَمَا بَاعَدْتَ بَيْنَ الْمَشْرِقِ وَالْمَغْرِبِ، اللَّهُمَّ نَقِّنِي مِنْ خَطَايَايَ، كَمَا يُنَقَّى الثَّوْبُ الْأَ بْيَضُ مِنَ الدَّنَسِ، اللَّهُمَّ اغْسِلْنِي مِنْ خَطَايَايَ بِالثَّلْجِ وّالْمَاءِ وَالْبَرَدِO Allah , separate me from my sins as You have separated the East from the West. O Allah, cleanse me of my transgressions as the white garment is cleansed of stains . O Allah , wash away my sins with ice and water and frost. وَجَّهْتُ وَجْهِيَ لِلَّذِي فَطَرَ السَّموَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ حَنِيفاً وَمَا أَنَا مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ، إِنَّ صَلَاتِي، وَنُسُكِي، وَمَحْيَايَ، وَمَمَاتِي للهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ، لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ وَبِذَلِكَ أُمِرْتُ وَأَنَا مِنَ الْمُسْلِمِينَ.I have turned my face sincerely towards He who has brought forth the heavens and the Earth and I am not of those who associate (others with Allah). Indeed my prayer, my sacrifice, my life and my death are for Allah, Lord of the worlds, no partner has He, with this I am commanded and I am of the Muslims.
Surah after Fatihah1st rakah:2nd rakah: Any surah, passage or ayah equivalent to three short ayaat.
Ruku سُبْحَانَكَ اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّنَا وَبِحَمْدِكَ اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِيGlory is to You , O Allah , our Lord , and praise is Yours . O Allah , forgive me. “سُبُّوحٌ، قُدُوسٌ، رَبُّ الْمَلَائِكَةِ وَالرُّوحِGlory (to You) , Most Holy (are You) , Lord of the angels and the Spirit. سُبْحَانَ ذِي الْجَبَرُوتِ، وَالْمَلَكُوتِ، وَالْكِبْرِيَاءِ، وَالْعَظَمَةِGlory is to You, Master of power, of dominion, of majesty and greatness.
Rising from ruku’ سَمِعَ اللهُ لِمَنْ حَمِدَهُرَبَّنَا وَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ، حَمْداً كَثِيراً طَيِّباً مُبَارَكاً فِيهِAllah hears whoever praises Him. Our Lord, praise is Yours, abundant, good and blessed praise.
Sujood سُبْحَانَكَ اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّنَا وَبِحَمْدِكَ اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِيGlory is to You , O Allah , our Lord , and praise is Yours . O Allah , forgive me. سُبُّوحٌ، قُدُّسٌ، رَبُّ الْمَلَائِكَةِ وَالرُّوحِGlory (to You), Most Holy (are You), Lord of the angels and the Spirit. اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِي ذَنْبِي كُلَّهُ، دِقَّهُ وَجِلَّهُ، وَأَوَّلَهُ وَآخِرَهُ وَعَلَانِيَتَهُ وَسِرَّهُAllah, forgive me all my sins, great and small, the first and the last, those that are apparent and those that are hidden.
Sitting between prostrations اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِي، وَارْحَمْنِي، وَاهْدِنِي، وَاجْبُرْنِي، وَعَافِنِي، وَارْزُقْنِي، وَارْفَعْنِيO Allah forgive me, have mercy on me, guide me, support me, protect me, provide for me and elevate me.
Durood اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى أَزْوَاجِهِ وَذُرِّيَّتِهِ، كَمَا صَلَّيْتَ عَلَى آلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ، وَبَارِكَ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى أَزْوَاجِهِ وَذُرِّيَّتِهِ، كَمَا بَارَكْتَ عَلَى آلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ، إِنَّكَ حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌO Allah, bestow Your favor on Muhammad and upon his wives and progeny as You have bestowed Your favor upon the family of Ibrahim . And bless Muhammad and his wives and progeny as You have blessed the family of Ibrahim , You are full of praise , Most Glorious.
Dua before salam اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ عَذَابِ الْقَبْرِ، وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ فِتْنَةِ الْمَسِيحِ الدَّجَّالِ، وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ فِتْنَةِ الْمَحْيَا وَالْمَمَاتِ. اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ الْمَأْثَمِ وَالْمَغْرَمِO Allah, I seek refuge in You from the punishment of the grave, and I seek refuge in You from the trial of the False Messiah, and I seek refuge in You from the trials of life and death. O Allah, I seek refuge in You from sin and from debt. اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي ظَلَمْتُ نَفْسِي ظُلْماً كَثِيراً، وَلَا يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ، فَاغْفِرْ لِي مَغْفِرَةً مِنْ عِنْدِكَ وَارْحَمْنِي إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُO Allah, I have greatly wronged myself and no one forgives sins but You. So, grant me forgiveness and have mercy on me. Surely, you are Forgiving, Merciful. اللَّهُمَّ أَعِنَّي عَلَى ذِكْرِكَ، وَشُكْرِكَ، وَحُسْنِ عِبَادَتِكَO Allah, help me to remember You, to give You thanks, and to perform Your worship in the best manner.

 

 

Understand every word in salah— to get from ritual to spiritual– by understanding the meaning of each word in your 5 daily prayers, your salah will never be the same again, in sha Allah. Start Praying with Understanding.

 

Tabassum Mosleh

 

 

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