Laughter is the Best Medicine

As-salaamu ‘Alaykum wa Rahmatullah it’s your brother Usman here from the Deenspiration podcast show and I’ve got a bit of a funny story
which actually has a bit of a lesson behind it as well. And it’s the story of when I
think I perhaps prayed the most insanely focused 2 rak’ahs of prayer in my
life ever! So this must have been in my very early teens; I must have been maybe 12 or 13 years old and at that time I used to spend a lot of time in the Masjid
staying overnight at the Masjid with friends. We would teach classes, give Da’wah etc.
And there was one friend of mine in particular who actually used to play
pranks on us quite a lot. So during the night he’d wake up early and he would
start banging on the walls and then in the morning he would tell us that a
group of Jinns came around at night and were having a party. And one night
in particular there was an eclipse, and so he had it in his mind to prank the
young and naive people at the Masjid like me that the world was going to end
that night. I don’t know what he did, I don’t know what story he told
or how he told it. but man I was *convinced* that the world was going to
end. So that was it! I did wudhu, and I stood there and I prayed the most
incredible – with the most focus and khushoo’ – 2 rak’ahs I’ve ever prayed in my
entire life! I mean the earth could have crumbled the skies could have
fallen and I would not have cared; I was focused! I made du’a like I’ve never made
du’a before, I had the most concentration, I knew I was reciting, I
was crying “Ya Allah forgive me!” I genuinely thought I was a few steps away from Yawmal Qiyamah (the Day of Judgement)! And the story behind this is that why was that the most
intense prayer I’ve ever prayed. And the reason is because I genuinely thought
that it was going to be the last prayer that I would ever pray. And here’s the
lesson: when we pray every single day do we actually pray as
that’s our last prayer? The Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
actually did advise us to pray every single prayer as if it is our last
prayer, right? We have a habit of rushing. I know things get busy: I know you have
work, you have school, you have that meeting, you have things to do for the
kids. But if we spend just a few seconds before we say “Allahu Akbar”, breathe, take
a deep breath in and gather ourselves, understand what it is that we’re
actually about to do. We’re about to stand before the Lord of the Worlds, and if
we tell ourselves “this might be the only time I have to pray ever again”
inshaAllah it will increase your khushoo’ and your concentration in that
prayer. Allah Subhanahu waTa’ala deserves that from you, right? Speaking of which, if
you guys haven’t already found out about this we actually have written an online
ebook called the ’30 Top Tips for Attaining Khushoo’ in Prayer’ ebook
which has about 4 chapters in there on how to focus in prayer before during and
after to get in the zone, and to really make sure that the most
transformation possible can come from your Salah and you feel as close as
possible to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala. So I hope that my funny experience
insha’Allah helps you out. If you’ve ever had an experience like that before, let me
know in the comments below and tell me what do you do to get in the zone and to
focus when it comes to praying your Salah? Until next time, as-salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullah. Like share and comment on this

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