A Small Reflection on Prostration

I had a small reflection today while praying at the masjid.

I was finishing my sunnah prayers and put my head down close to the feet of the person praying in front of me.

I thought, subhanAllah, how Allah humbles us. When we pray in, it’s true that we place our heads on the ground in submission to Him. We place our place of honor, our head, on the ground to demonstrate how we are nothing in front of Allah. In addition, though, especially when we pray in congregation, we also place our heads at the feet of those before us. If you’ve ever prayed in a cramped place in congregation, you’ve probably bumped your head with the feet of the person in front of you.

If you walked into that prayer room thinking you were better than anyone else, Allah put you in your place. Your place of honor is now at the same level of your fellow congregant’s feet. All man is equal. All man must be humble. You are no better than anyone else’s feet! In prostrating to Him, He forces us to recognize our humility twice over; with respect to Him, our Master, and with respect to all mankind.

How amazing is our religion, and how amazing is prayer. If  we just take the time to give it its due…

More on laziness

Laziness is probably the biggest contributor to an unfulfilling prayer life. It is the number one reason I can say that I am not where I need to be in my prayers. I never before realized how much laziness affects the content of my prayer until I started thinking about why I delay my prayer in the first place. The more i reflected, the more I recognized the patterns of laziness in and around my prayer. Yes it causes me to delay my prayers, but it also has consequences for how I perform the prayer and how much mental effort I exert.  

It’s always easier to do less; to under perform. If i pray later, it’s easier than getting up now and doing it. If I just rush through my supplications, it’s easier than focusing on the meaning of each part. If I recite a regular surah, it’s easier than trying to remember an infrequent one. Over and over, every decision in the prayer can be relegated to doing what’s easy. Consequently, when I answer laziness’ siren call, my prayer becomes more and more empty until it’s just a shell of ritualistic movements.

This is really sad.

It’s sad not just because I end up under performing my prayers but because I’m being lazy in the one relationship that I get more out of than any other. Being lazy is bad for so many innumerable reasons, but with Allah swt, it’s pitiful. He invites me daily to grow my relationship with Him and daily I tell Him, ‘no I would rather ______’. It’s humiliating to think about. And yet, I can’t figure out why I do this … Why am I always choosing the momentary easy way, even though a little more investment will reap so much more!!

Ya Allah give me guidance in finding a way to elevate my prayer …

 

 

 

Delaying – The first step of laziness

One of the most regular offenses I have noticed in myself is putting off praying. Alhamdulila 99% of the time I make the prayer before the window for it has passed. But still, I hardly ever pray within the first 10 minutes of it coming in. Forget about 10 minutes, 20, 30, or even 40 minutes would be good!

There is a lot of information out there on why it’s bad to delay the prayer but none has resonated with me like something I heard from my college chaplain. When the time for prayer comes in, your appointment with Allah swt has come in. She said that when you delay it’s as though you’re telling Allah swt, I have more important things to do than pray to You right now. Eeeeh that is a tough thing to say to Allah … but actions speak loudest and that’s what they are saying every time I delay the prayer

What is the problem here exactly??? I have heard this analogy years ago and yet I can’t seem to make the habit of praying at the earliest moment stick …

Part of the problem is that I try to fit my prayers into my schedule rather than the other way around. So I think, I’ll cook dinner then pray, I’ll finish this page then pray, etc etc

Another part of the problem is using the restroom and wudu. If I already have wudu, it’s much easier to go pray right when the time comes in. If I also have to make wudu though, my prayer is more likely to be delayed.

Honestly though, just from taking a few minutes here to think about what I’ve written, it seems that the underlying problem for delaying my prayer is laziness. Yes, I could do better of scheduling things or being prepared, but those require effort, the same effort it would take to in the moment get up and go pray!! There’s no getting around it … Prayer requires me to combat my laziness.

Laziness is the biggest challenge I am facing in my quest to a more fulfilling prayer life. It’s preventing me from even going to meet Allah on time in the first place! How deep can my prayer be if I can’t even seem to get up quickly enough to go speak to Allah. It’s embarrassing and frustrating that I am not motivated enough in my relationship with Allah …

This has given me a lot to reflect on but for now I will end seeking refuge in Allah from laziness in my prayers and in all my actions …