Do you sometimes skip praying your salah (ritual prayer)?
Tried setting the alarm but it doesn’t work?
Are you hesitant to get up and purify yourself for the prayer?
If you’ve been nodding your head, then this post is for you.
At some point we all struggle with keeping our salah on time and have felt the guilt that comes along with it. But Allah (swt) declared,
“Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.”
(Surah Az-Zumar (39):53)
Allah is the Most Forgiving the Most Merciful. He loves when we repent and make a resolution to do better.
So don’t despair.
Instead, here are 3 effective tips to help you avoid missing your salah you probably never thought of before, inshaa Allah.
1. Substitute Motivational Phrases For The Names Of Each Prayer
If you are using a customizable reminder for salah, ditch salah names.
Yes, you read right. You’ve been using them and they’re still not working for you. You always snooze or turn it off.
Instead, create short motivational phrases. You can even use your fears.
The best combination might be creating phrases of both fear and hope.
Here’s a list of some suggested phrases to replace salah titles.
- Fajr – Allah has descended to the lowest heaven! Best time to pray!
- Dhuhr – Hellfire is much hotter than it is at noon! Pray your salah!
- Asr – Allah said the middle prayer in particular must be kept! Fear Allah!
- Maghrib – Want the angels to supplicate for you? Make wudu and pray now!
- Isha – Salah is your protection from the flames of Jahannam! Pray!
Whatever you choose, be sure it’s something to give you a serious spiritual shake up to jolt you out of that bed and into a state of wudu.
2- Avoid Wearing Heavy Make-up
Do you love wearing make-up?.
If you do I assume you follow trending makeup tutorials and you’re especially good at shaping your eyebrows. It’s not haraam as long as you don’t trim or pluck and alhamdulillah, nowadays there are thousands of tutorials on how to shape your eyebrows without trimming.
But sometimes, you can get carried away.
You might end up stuck in a situation where you must choose between make-up and wudhu. Unfortunately, in most cases, people choose make-up over wudhu and skip salah.
It takes more than 10 mins to get the perfect makeup, you can’t just wash away your hard work, right? Let alone your Maybelline blushes, mascara, concealer and all that expensive stuff.
Wrong, we must not forget, salaah is more important than make-up. It is obligatory upon us.
If you can’t keep your wudhu and if you can’t redo your make-up 5 times daily, then avoid wearing heavy make-up. Lipgloss or lipstick and some powders will work inshaAllah.That way, you won’t bother to wash it off with wudhu and reapply it thereafter.
What’s more important is beautifying your relationship with your Creator.
3- Make Wudhu (ablution) Every Time You Relieve Yourself
The other reason why some of us skip so many salah is that the idea of making wudhu, again and again, can become monotonous.
For instance, if you’re pregnant, it’s normal to feel extremely lazy. You can even be too lazy to perform salah whilst standing; we all know how it is when a woman is pregnant.
Frequent visits to the bathroom can be so daunting. Let alone going back again for wudhu.
Try this technique:
Every time you break wudhu or use the bathroom, make wudhu immediately; don’t wait for salah. This way is much more convenient and does not feel burdensome.
When it’s time for salah, you will just get up and perform your salah without any hassle.
The Importance of The Prayer
Salah is the second pillar of Islam, and it is the first thing to be asked by Allah Almighty, on the day of judgment.
He loves those who perform salah regularly and by His Mercy, it will save you from His punishment.
Jabir bin Abdullah narrated that Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) said:
“The key to Paradise is prayer, and the key to prayer is purification.”
Imagine the situation you will be in if you only perform other good deeds but neglect your salah!
Furthermore, salah will be of benefit not only in the Hereafter, but also in this life. It is our protection and helps us abstain from immoral behavior that displeases Allah.
It’s also an opportunity for us to communicate with our Creator and ask him for whatever we need in our lives, as well as show our gratitude for all our blessings.
Glory be to Allah!
Above all, salah is obligatory, and skipping or avoiding it is one of the major sins.
Now that you’ve gotten the simple tips, It’s high time to transform into a Muslimah who never misses a single salah, insha Allah!
As simple as they might sound, a meaningful reminder, avoiding things that will be a hindrance to wudu (like too much makeup), and trying to stay in a state of wudu where possible can transform your approach to praying salah!
May Allah make it easy for you to be amongst those who pray five salaah every day. Aameen.