Prayer is the key that unlocks all doors. It eases all perceived difficulties and strengthens the weak. It has the unimaginable power to change destiny and an inestimable strength to confirm and retain what has been achieved. The Prophet (SAW) says, "There is nothing that can change the destiny except prayer". Despite this, we tend to commit, among numerous others, 2 mistakes in praying to Allah (SAW)
1. We wait for trouble before we pray.
The prophet (SAW) says, "Whoever that wants his prayer to be answered at the time of trouble, should pray to Him at the time of ease". Here the Prophet is encouraging us to sow seed of prayers before we seek to harvest. He wants us to have a saving account full of prayer before the day we will want to withdraw. He does not want us to wait till when we will be in problem before we remember where out tesbeeh (rosery) and Qur'an is. But our brothers and sisters today, including this head, always wait till that day when he needs money, needs job, good wife and responsible husband before he seeks Allah's intervention. He does not feel the need to call upon Allah when not in any trouble. Again, if you want your prayers to be answered at the time of trouble, call Him at the time of ease.
2. We stop the prayer when our prayer is answered. Typical human, he forgets where he reaps after harvesting. Now your prayer is answered and your request is granted, you flee away from that prayer like you never did it before. Allah (SWT) says, "And when some hurt touches man, he cries to his Lord (Allah Alone), turning to Him in repentance, but when He bestows a favour upon him from Himself, he forgets that for which he cried for before, and he sets up rivals to Allah, in order to mislead others from His Path. Say: "Take pleasure in your disbelief for a while: surely, you are (one) of the dwellers of the Fire!".
Don't let this verse manifest in you. Don't stop that prayer forever. Once in a while, revisit the prayer and do it, if you cannot do it regularly again.
A poet says, "Be persisted in your prayer. Don't leave your wish. If you want solution to your ailment (problem), it is with Him (Allah)."
May Allah make us steadfast in our responsibilities to Him.
Written by KazRem.
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