It’s time to make a change!
The Prayer is a link between the servant and his Lord. Ask yourself: Why do I pray? Is it just because I have to? Is it just to get this daily duty out of the way and over with? Or maybe it is because everyone just does it so I do it too?
There are 3 reasons which make you love someone:
1. Either because that someone is beautiful!
2. Or because that someone always deals kindly with you.
3. Or because that someone has done many favours for you.
It’s time to make a change. We need to start praying out of sincere Love. Pray out of longing to be with the one you love. Pray for the peace and comfort that comes from being with the one you love.
Allah is all of the above and more. He deserves to be the most worthy of our love over everything and anyone else. To truly love Allah is to truly taste the greatest love in existence! It is to truly taste the beauty of faith.
As to Allah’s kindness and favors upon us, just close your eyes momentarily to appreciate just the gift of sight alone. If we were to count His favors upon us, never will we be able to enumerate them. And sometimes we gripe when a favor has not been granted us. Don’t we then realize in hindsight, that it was much better for us this way? The denial of this favor, we realize later, was a favor in itself. For Allah has nothing but good.
And Imagine. When we dare and sin against Him, we sin using the very gifts and blessings He has given us! But out of His love and mercy for us, He continues to guard over us and protect us, even while we’re in the act! You will not find anyone more kind; you will not find anyone more giving. You will not find anyone more worthy of your love than He.
Remember this: The sweetness of this life lies in remembering Him, the sweetness of the next life lies in seeing Him!
The next time you proceed for prayer, go because you love Him, go because you miss Him and long to be with Him. Feel your heart flutter. Only then, will you be on your way to attaining that inner peace and comfort Salah was prescribed for.
And don’t forget that He sets His Most Beautiful, Glorious Face to yours when you stand in prayer!