Having Hard Time Understanding Prayer?

Today we engage in prayer but a lot of us are guilty of just picking the ground like a little bird. We just pick the ground a few times and we are out! What did you do brother? I don’t know!

You ask people who have reverted to Islam, they will tell you: “I don’t understand this prayer.” Because nobody has ever tried to understand the words you are saying.

Understand Your Prayer

I challenge you and I call upon you very strongly to make an effort to understand the words you are saying in Salah; your life will change.

Come on, we are living for 30, 40, 50 years… how can I not yet know the words of Salah? That is an embarrassment!

I am standing in front of my maker, I know the words in Arabic but I haven’t understood their meanings, and I’ve been reading Salah for the last 40…

Close your business for one week and go and learn the meanings of prayer. It is far more profitable than whatever you would make for that week.

And this is a challenge.

This is why we are not happy, this is why we take a look at the smallest pinprick that we have on our toes and we become depressed, because we haven’t understood prayer and Allah says:

Oh you who believe seek assistance through bearing patience and through your prayer. Allah is indeed with those who bear patience.

How will we be able to seek assistance through prayer when we don’t even know the words we are uttering? We don’t know the meanings of what we are saying in prayer.

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Believe me, I have asked the question to many Muslims brothers: “Do you know the meanings of the words you are reading in Salah?” And the majority said, “No.”

When are we going to change that? How can the condition of the Ummah change when you are so many years old you have studied your PhD, you have so many degrees and you are not interested in trying to understand the words that Allah has made incumbent upon you to repeat so many times a day.

And we just fulfill prayer without knowing what we did. We enter the Mosque, we exit it in a spiritual condition lower than when we went in…

Because to us we had our cigarettes in our pockets and we went to the Mosque so we can smoke with our friends, and backbite about the rest of the community…

That is our visit to the house of Allah nowadays in some instances.

The solution to the disasters we face today is connected to your prayer.

Allah says:

Seek assistance through patience and through Salah. (Quran 2:153)

And the good news to those who bear patience. Allah’s assistance is with them and He will always be by their side.

About Dr. Mufti Menk
Dr. Mufti Ismail Menk is a leading global Islamic scholar born and raised in Zimbabwe. He studied Shariah in Madinah and holds a Doctorate of Social Guidance from Aldersgate University. Mufti Menk’s work has gained worldwide recognition and he has been named one of “The Top 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World” since 2010.