Striving in Salah


Prayer came at a time in the Prophet (S.A.W)’s life when had been truly hit with grief and hardship. When we look at the story of Isra’ and Mi’raaj (the night journey) the details of the journey tell us it wasn’t an ordinary occurrence. After losing two of the most beloved people to him, his wife Khadijah (R.A) and his uncle Abu Talib, salah was introduced to the Prophet (S.A.W) as a direct way to supplicate and connect to our Lord.

“Successful indeed are the believers: those who humble themselves in prayer" (Surah Al-Mu’minoon ayah 1-2)


Salah is the first pillar of Islam, an action that differentiates between a believer and a non- believer. Muslims are blessed with the opportunity to remember Allah (S.W) out of obligation five times a day. Taking a few minutes out of our day to stand and remember The Creator of the heavens and the earth is an immense opportunity for good in this life and the next.


Amid our busy day-to-day routines, it’s easy to get lost in this Dunya. We forget that yes, the next task we have to do is important, but it isn’t the most important.

Nothing can be said to be more important than praying your five daily prayers on the day to day. Salah reminds us of the bigger picture, it reminds us that at the end of the day, this action determines our ultimate success.


Abu Huraira reported that Allah's Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

The first thing for which a person will be brought to account on the Day of Judgement will be his salah. If it is found to be complete, then it will be recorded as complete and if anything is lacking, He will say, “Look and see if you can find any voluntary prayers with which to complete what he neglected of his obligatory prayers.” Then the rest of his deeds will be reckoned in like manner. (Sunan al-Nasai, Kitab al-Salat, Hadith 466)

Salah purifies us from sins we may have committed, it allows us the opportunity to seek forgiveness for them in our everyday lives. Reminding ourselves to pray daily also teaches us a level of self-discipline, an admirable characteristic that will take us a long way. Before standing to perform our prayer, it is compulsory that we are in a state of Wudu’ – in this way it is also a means of purifying us not only spiritually, but physically too.

Narrated Abdullah (R.A):

I asked the Prophet (ﷺ) ‘Which deed is the dearest to Allah? He (ﷺ) replied – “Prayer done on time.” (Sahih al- Bukhari 527)

How can one not be successful if they make what is the most beloved to Allah the most beloved to themselves?

  • Start by making sincere du’a to Allah (S.W) to grant you success in your salah, for without His aid, none of us will be successful

  • Write down what you find difficult about each salah time and your struggles generally when it comes to performing your 5 daily prayers

  • Write down some methods that may make performing your salah easier; for example, making wudu 15 minutes before the salah time and taking time to prepare your prayer space. Reading Quran before the salah time comes in may also aid you in your connection to the salah.

  • Try to ensure that your day-to-day routine is centred around your salah; this can be very difficult with work, school, university etc. So, ensuring that as soon as you are able to offer the prayer that it is prioritised.

  • Remember to start with the actions that are compulsory such as the 5 daily prayers, then to ease yourself into the sunnah prayers etc.

  • And finally, try to make the most of the dua acceptance times to ask Allah (S.W) wholeheartedly to grant you a heart that connects to the salah and one that yearns for the time it is time to pray.

رَبِّ ٱجْعَلْنِى مُقِيمَ ٱلصَّلَوٰةِ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِى ۚ رَبَّنَا وَتَقَبَّلْ دُعَآءِ

Rabbi j’alnee muqeema salah wa minn thuriyyatee, Rabbana wa taqabbal du’aa

My Lord, make me an establisher of prayer, and [many] from my descendants. Our Lord, and accept my supplication.

May Allah (S.W) allow us to be of those who establish prayer in the most beautiful and most beloved way to Him, Ameen!

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