If someone asks a question about significance of salah (prayer), I just want to say, brothers and sisters, don’t just be satisfied with just making your prayer valid, you know… But try, when you make your prayer, to feel something for Allah Almighty. Try not to be thinking about other things.
I just want to mention this one hadith. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was very observant, and while he was sitting in the masjid with some companions, he saw a person praying. When the companion finished his prayer, he came to the Prophet and said:
The Prophet said:
Wa Alaykum Assalam. Go back and pray because you have not prayed!
So, the man went back and prayed again… and when he finished, he came to the Prophet and said:
“As Salam Alaykum o Prophet of Allah.”
The Prophet said:
Go back and pray for you haven’t prayed!
This happened three times. And the man said:
“O Messenger of Allah! Teach me to pray, I don’t know prayer better than this.”
And so the Prophet taught him to pray. The thing that the man was doing wrong is that he was rushing through his prayer, not taking the time to really think and focus about Allah.
So, please try to focus on your prayer.
One of the ways to help you focus in your prayers, believe it or not, is the more chapters that you learn and understand what you’re saying, why are you saying them that will help you to focus.
O you who believe, do not approach prayer while you are intoxicated until you understand what you’re saying.
So many of us are not intoxicated but yet we don’t understand what we’re saying. So, when we memorize Quran, some of us are like, what someone would call, if you don’t understand the words you’re using “nonsensical words”.
It’s not nonsensical at all.
No. It’s the words of Allah.
Even if you don’t understand them, there is blessings, but better if you understood what you’re reciting in the Quran, and focus on the words that you’re saying in the prayers.
So, in my opinion, I found that learning what the verses of the Quran mean helps us to focus in prayer Inshallah.