Prayer Reader: The Ultimate Guide To Prayer in Islam

A Comprehensive Guide to Prayer

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Prayer is an integral part of Islam. It is the second of the five pillars of the Islamic faith. Allah Most High has made prayer an obligation on the believer.

O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer (Qur’an 2:153).

It is essential for a believer to seek out answers in order to pray correctly and pray with presence. How to pray? When to pray? What makes my prayer invalid? This is a comprehensive guide for prayer and prayer-related questions.

SeekerGuidance Articles on Prayer

Presence in Prayer:

  1. SeekersNotes: Nine Keys to Presence of Heart in Prayer – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
  2. Informative To Transformative: How To Upgrade Your Prayer
  3. SeekersNotes: The Prayer of The Prophet ﷺ – Shaykh Yahya Rhodus
  4. Daily Qur’an Reflections: (21) Prayer as the Ascent of the Believer
  5. Illuminating The Heart with Prayer – Ustadh Abdus Shakur Brooks
  6. Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali On Bringing The Heart To Presence During Prayer


Eid Prayer:

  1. How to Pray the Eid Prayer – A Illustrated Explanation
  2. Friday Prayer Remains Obligatory if Eid Falls on a Friday – Faraz Rabbani


The Prayer of Glorification (Salat Al-Tasbih):

The Prayer of Glorification (Salat Al-Tasbih)


Prayer on the Fifteenth Night of Shaban

Prayer on the Fifteenth Night of Shaban – Muwasala


SeekersGuidance Courses on Prayer

Fiqh of Prayer

Hanafi Fiqh: 

On Worship (Purification, Prayer, Fasting, Zakat, and Hajj): Shurunbulali’s Ascent to Felicity

Shafi’i Fiqh:

On Worship (Purification, Prayer, Fasting, Zakat, and Hajj): Ba Fadl’s The Short Abridgement

Fiqh of Worship for Youth: 

The Fiqh of Worship for Youth: Rules of Purification and Prayer

Perfecting Prayer

1. Perfecting Prayer: Khadimi’s Treatise on Presence in Prayer Explained

2. Praying with Presence: Practical Advice on Improving Your Prayer


Questions and Answers Related to Prayer

  1. Reciting the Qur’an in the Ritual Prayer
  2. Intending the Wrong Prayer
  3. Making the Intention for Missed Prayer
  4. Forgetfulness Prostration In Prayer
  5. Urge to Relieve Oneself During Prayer
  6. Does Incorrect Pronunciation of Recitation Break The Prayer?
  7. Are My Prayers Valid If I Don’t Recite the Opening Chapter?
  8. The Night Vigil Prayer
  9. Making up Years of Missed Prayers
  10. Leading Group Prayer At Home
  11. Excuses For Missing Prayer
  12. Cultivating Love for the Prophet and Thinking of Him in Prayer
  13. Can a Group of Muslims Perform the Friday Prayer in a Camp?
  14. Are Tahajjud and Tarawih Different Prayers?
  15. Validity of Prayer
  16. Making Up Missed Prayers
  17. Anxiety Regarding Missed Prayers
  18. Is a Restricted Friday Prayer Valid?
  19. Past Mistakes in Prayer
  20. What Should I do If I Forget During the Prayer?
  21. My Dawn Prayer Entered Into the Sunrise
  22. Pausing in Prayer
  23. Pronouncing the Integrals of the Prayer Incorrectly
  24. In What Circumstances Is One Permitted to Break Their Prayer?
  25. Proper Method of Performing the Supererogatory Prayers Before Midday and Afternoon Prayers
  26. How Do We Deal With Blameworthy Thoughts, Especially in Prayer?
  27. Can I Make Personal Supplication During My Prayer After the Fatiha?
  28. Is the Friday Prayer an Individual Obligation or a Communal Obligation?
  29. Is It Permissible to Perform Al-Ishraq Prayer Prior to Eid Prayer?
  30. What Are Some Recommended Supplications and Suras to Be Read in the Night Prayer?
  31. What is the ruling regarding repeating prayers?
  32. May I Continue Praying Friday Prayer at Home even after Mosques Open?
  33. Delaying prayer due to OCD
  34. Joining prayers at work
  35. Shortening Night Prayer Behind Someone Praying Sunset Prayer
  36. I Fear I Will Laugh in My Prayer
  37. Are All My Deeds Void for Deliberately Missing Prayers?
  38. Does Mistakes During Recitation Invalidate My Prayers?
  39. Are the Supererogatory Prayers of Morning Prayer to Be Done After the Call to Prayer
  40. What Is the Proof That Prayer Is Not Permissible When the Sun Is at Its Zenith?
  41. Is It Permissible to Pray in Multiple Friday Prayers in the Same City?
  42. Movements In Prayer
  43. Witr Prayer And Travel
  44. What Should I Do If I Hear The Prayer Call After Finishing My Current Prayer?
  45. Friday Prayer
  46. Prayer Of The Traveler
  47. Prayer Timings In Places Far From the Equator
  48. Joining Prayers
  49. Prayer and Pictures
  50. Leading the Prayer Sitting.
  51. Latecomer Recitation in Prayer
  52. Wrong Number of Cycles During Prayer
  53. Swaying in Prayer
  54. Keeping Wudu in Prayer.
  55. Intention and Prayer.
  56. Stains of Filth and Prayer.
  57. Illegitimate Children and Leading the Prayer.
  58. When Should I Start Shorten My Prayers?
  59. Is My Prayer Valid If I Recite Silently?
  60. Qibla Direction and Prayer Validity
  61. Are Prayers Repeated If Hair Is Showing?
  62. Ishraq, Chasht, and Awwabin Prayers
  63. Saying the Final Salams in Prayer behind an Imam
  64. Is a Lecture a Valid Excuse to Delay the Prayer?
  65. Prayer and Tayammum in Unclean Spaces
  66. How Should I Go About Establishing an Intention for My Prayer?
  67. Is It Valid for a Hanafi to Pray Behind a Shafi’i Joining Prayers?
  68. Is the Witr Prayer Mandatory?
  69. Does a Short Back and Sides Haircut Prevent My Prayers from Being Accepted?
  70. I Struggle with My Prayers and Am so Worried About My Family Members Who Do Not Pray. What Do I Do
  71. Does the Intention of Breaking the Prayer Invalidate It?
  72. How Should I Go About Establishing an Intention for My Prayer?
  73. Is My Prayer After Its Time Invalid If I Didn’t Have the Intention of Making It Up?
  74. Is the Prayer of a Bride Wearing Make-up Containing Impure Substances Invalid?
  75. What Should I Do If I Sit at the End of the First Cycle of Prayer?


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