How to Perfect One’s Prayer

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: What extra things (on top of Fardh and Wajib) can be done during the Salat to make it better?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are well, insha’Allah.

One should be performing the sunna actions of the prayer. I’d advise taking the following course to learn the essentials of one’s religious practice: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Beliefs & Worship

Beyond that, one strives to beautify one’s prayer by learning and applying the inward and outward proper manners (adab), developing one’s relationship with one’s Lord by focusing on the Divine beauty and majesty, and seeking to make one’s prayer a real ascent.

And Allah alone gives success.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

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Videos from Perfecting Prayer Webinar – Imam Zaid Shakir, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, and Others

As-salamu alaikum,

May this reach you in the best state of health and iman. Ameen.


In case you weren’t able to attend the Perfecting Prayer Webinar that was conducted on March 13th and rebroadcast on May 13th, we’ve uploaded the videos. The webinar featured inspirational advice and practical guidance from Imam Zaid Shakir, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, Imam Tahir Anwar, and Ustadha Zaynab Ansari on how to attain presence in prayer.

The Virtues of Prayer – Imam Tahir Anwar from SeekersGuidance on Vimeo.

The Transformative Effect of Prayer – Ustadha Zaynab Ansari from SeekersGuidance on Vimeo.

The Prayer of the Prophet – Shaykh Yahya Rhodus from SeekersGuidance on Vimeo.

9 Keys to Prayer – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani from SeekersGuidance on Vimeo.

The Power of Prayer – Imam Zaid Shakir from SeekersGuidance on Vimeo.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Perfecting Prayer Seminar (Maryland) – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Why does my prayer feel like an empty ritual?

As-salamu alaikum,

May this reach you in the best state of health and iman. Ameen.

Imagine you are in the time of the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace). Each day, you go out and call people to the worship of Allah. Each day, you meet resistance and opposition. Friends have become foes, family members have cut off ties, verbal abuse becomes physical abuse, physical abuse becomes torture and eventually warfare.

In such harsh circumstances, it would seem strange for one to experience joy and comfort. Yet, the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) experienced joy and comfort each and every day … from prayer.

“Verily, it is only in the Remembrance of Allah that hearts find tranquility” (Qur’an, 13:28).

Why do we often fail to experience the full beauty and benefit of prayer?

Join Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and SeekersGuidance for “Perfecting Prayer” to find out how we can elevate ourselves through prayer.

At this half-day seminar, Shaykh Faraz will help you explore:

  • The virtues and spiritual reality of prayer
  • The inward conditions of accepted prayer
  • The keys to presence of heart in prayer
  • The Prophet’s prayer, outward and inward, from beginning to end
  • How prayer should transform your worldly and religious life


Friday, May 28, 2010 from 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM


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Registration Now Open – Clarity for Seekers: Perfecting Prayer – Free Monthly Video Seminar

Perfecting Prayer

Keys to Presence of Heart & Excellence in Prayer

How to fulfill the Prophet’s command, “Pray as you have seen me pray,” and realize the tremendous virtues of prayer, of which Allah Most High has called us, “Seek assistance in patience and prayer.”

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
  • Imam Tahir Anwar
  • Ustadha Zaynab Ansari

Date/Time: Saturday March 13th at 5pm EST (US)

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