What a Second-Degree Burn Taught Me About Focus, by Chloe Idris

Chloe Idris writes about losing focus and the searing pain of regret. I’m writing this right now as I sit in bed, with my leg elevated and wrapped, nursing a second-degree burn. This is in fact my second second-degree burn since I left my home country to seek sacred knowledge, which seems oddly poetic – […]

Are My Prayers Valid Even Though My Thoughts Are Elsewhere?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: Often, when I am performing my makeup prayers, my mind wanders. There are moments in my prayers when I am focused. Are my prayers valid even though my mind wanders? Answer: Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray this finds you well. May Allah bless you with complete […]

Am I a Hypocrite for Losing Focus in Prayer?

Answered by Shaykh Shuaib Ally Question: Assalam alaykum, I think I might be a hypocrite. Whenever I do an act of worship, I find it very difficult to think about Allah, and I nearly always end up thinking of something or someone else, and it feels like I am worshipping them. Am I committing major […]

Beautiful advice on focusing on your prayer, from Imam Siraj Wahhaj

Imam Siraj Wahhaj relates a beautiful hadith of the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) where he tells a companion in his masjid to “pray again” three times. Imam Siraj tells us why, and how we can avoid being in this situation. Resources for Seekers: Presence of Heart in Prayer: A Reader

Presence of Heart in Prayer: A Reader

Videos and answers from Imam Zaid Shakir, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, Shaykh Zaynab Ansari, Imam Tahir Anwar, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, and others on how to have presence of heart in prayer “Those who concentrate their attention in humbleness when offering Prayers”[Qur’an, 23.2] Islamcast Prayer – The Best Remembrance In this lecture, Shaykh Faraz discusses how to […]