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1. Say Allahu akbar and throw the
world behind you.
Did you ever think: why do we start
our prayer with Allahu akbar not
withsubhanAllah? Realize that when
you sayAllahu akbar you affirm that
the one before whom you are about to
stand is greater than anything
occupying you at that moment—
greater than your sleep, your families,
your bills, and your worries. Just
imagine that when you say Allahu
akbar while raising your hands you
are throwing all of that behind you!

2. Visualize the veil.
When you stand to pray, Allah ‘azza
wa jall commands: Raise the veils
from between Me and my servant! As
soon as you say Allahu akbar and
start your prayer, Allah sets His
beautiful face to yours and doesn’t
turn away from you, unless you do.
When your thoughts or your sight
drifts off, He orders the veils to be
drawn back down. Visualize these
veils being lifted to keep concentrated
with your heart and body. Are you still
drifting? This is why you repeat the
great words Allahu akbar as you move
into each position; it’s a reminder and
a new chance again and again to

3. Salute the King.
Imagine walking into a palace, how
would you recognize the servants of
the king? Probably by their humble
position: looking down. As you lower
your gaze to the place of your
prostration and place your hands right
over left and close to your chest it is
time to salute the King. Imagine
standing in front of Allah ‘azza wa jall
as you utter this beautiful saluation
and feel each word: Subhanakallahum
ma wa bihamdika, wa
tabaarakasmuka wa ta’alaa jadduka—
How 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
Realize that only the parts of salah
you are mindful of are being accepted
and that Shaytan does his very best to
steal every sweet moment you have
with Allah!

4. Feel each ayah of Surah Al-Fatiha is
You are now ready to enter the
essence of it all: Surah Al-Fatiha, the
greatest surah of the Quran, without
which your prayer is nullified. Know
that Allah Himself answers back when
you recite of Surah Al-Fatiha, so add a
short pause after each ayah, feeling
this amazing dialogue. How can you
ever drift of in this part of the prayer?

5. Utter His name with pure love.
What has brought you to stand here
right now? It is your love and longing
to be with Allah ‘azza wa jall. And
when you meet up with your beloved,
what do you first say? The sweet
sound of the beloved’s name, the
name that blesses everything it falls
upon! Feel thebismillaahir-rahmaanir-
raheem soothing your heart as it
gently rolls off your lips.

6. Stand still at: “the Lord of the
The Prophet salallahu ‘alayhi wa
sallam told us, “Alhamdulillah fills the
scale!”[Muslim] Really feel
gratefulness when you say
alhamdulillah. Did you see those
documentaries where they zoom out
from the cells of a plant’s leaf all the
way to the planets and galaxies? Now
instead of that leaf, start the zoom out
process with the image of yourself
standing before Allah. Then zoom
back down, back through the universe,
to the place you are standing in
prayer. The next time you pray view
yourself from above and far away and
truly taste the meaning of Rabbil
aalemeen (Lord of the worlds)!

7. Reflect on Ar-Rahmaanir
Raheembefore Maaliki yawmid-Deen.
Have you ever wondered why Allah’s
names Ar-Rahmaanir and Ar-Raheem
come before Maaliki yawmid-Deen
(Master of the Day of Judgement)? Be
reminded that it is the Most Gracious
and Merciful who will judge us on the
the Day of Judgement! So feel
empowered and comforted when you
say Ar-Rahmaanir-Raheem and then
pause a moment at Maaliki yawmid-
Deen, realizing the horrors of that

8. Know what iyyaaka na’budu wa
iyyaaka nasta’een really means.
You alone we worship, and unto You
alone we turn for help. Let this remind
you to make Allah alone your focus,
not the people. So when you are
asked, why did you do this or that
(deed), you can firmly answer: for
Allah! Feel this ayah by knowing that
the salaf used to weep for hours
reciting it. One of them was once
praying in Mecca. His friend went
ahead and did the tawaf and when he
returned to him, he was still at this
verse, repeating it and crying, until the
sun came up.

9. Say ameen as if your life depended
on it.
The most comprehensive supplication
you can make is: ihdinas-siraatal-
mustaqeem (Guide us to the straight
path). See how you followed the
proper etiquettes of how to ask Allah?
You started glorifying and praising
Him and then you make your request:
Guide us. Now realize that your entire
existence depends on this
supplication. The ameen you’ll
pronounce now will have to come from
the bottom of your heart. Ameen
means: My Lord, grant or answer (my
prayers). Say ameen as if you have
been sentenced to death and are
pleading for pardon, begging with

10. Feel the bond with your Lord.
When you say subhana Rabbiyya-
al-‘atheem (How perfect My Lord is,
The Supreme) in ruku’, focus on the
pronoun that means my (in Rabbi). It
adds that element of bonding: He is My
Lord, who raised me in His care and
who is nurturing me. Know the Prophet
salallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and the
Companions used to be in the bowing
position as long as he would be in the
standing segment of salah. One
companion said that he recited Al
Fatiha, then Al Baqara, Ali Imran, An-
Nisaa’ and Al Ma’ida, and the
companion Abdullah Ibn Al Zubair was
beside him, still in his ruku’!

11. Win the grand finale: your sujood.
Your sujood is the ultimate symbol of
complete submission to your Creator.
The Prophet said: The closest that a
servant is to his Lord is when he is in
prostration. [Muslim] And: Prostrate
much because there is no Muslim that
prostrates to Allah except that Allah
raises him one degree in Paradise by
it and forgives for him a sin. [Ahmad]
Imagine you are being raised one
degree in Paradise with each sujood
and a sin falls off you with each
prostration. Prostrate with body, heart,
and soul and taste the sweetest
feeling in the world!

12. Supplicate before the tasleem.
After the words of the tashahhud
(sitting position at the end of prayer)
and before the tasleem (saying
salaam to indicate the end of prayer),
there is a precious moment many
waste! When the Prophet salallahu
‘alayhi wa sallam taught Abdallah ibn
Mas’ood radiyallahu ‘anhu the
tashahhud he said: … Then let him
choose whatever supplications he
wishes. [Al-Bukhaari, Muslim]. Just
before you say tasleem, make at least
three heartfelt dua’s to benefit from
this treasure chest instead of rushing
to say the salaam!
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