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    i would like to know how you guys try to get more concentration during Salat...unfortunately to me, no matter how hard i try i can not over come the worldly thoughts

    is there any known (authentic) way(s) of increasing concentration?

    'Uthmaan ibn Abi l-'Aas (radi Allaahu 'anhu) said to him, "O Messenger of Allaah! The devil comes between me and my prayer and confuses me in my recitation!" So the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said, That is a devil called Khinzab, so when you detect him, seek refuge with Allaah from him, and spit lightly(19) on your left three times. He said, "So when I did that, Allaah caused him to go away from me." (20)

    19 Ar. tafl: to blow with a minimum amount of saliva - Nihaayah.

    20 Muslim & Ahmad. Nawawi (rahimahullaah) says, "This hadeeth contains a recommendation to seek refuge from the devil when he tempts, along with spitting to the left three times."

    Allahu Alim

    'Rabbee zidnee`ilmaa'
    My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.[20:114]

    The Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) said:
    "Whoever sets out on a path to seek knowledge, Allaah will make easy his path to Paradise."
    [Saheeh Muslim]


      Jazak'Allah aapki
      i was just wondering if we can do such thing during salat as well?

      i have another concern...someone told me that one shouldnt close his eyes while offering salat, does anyone know if this is backed up by any hadith or aya? 'cuz i find it very peaceful if i close my eyes...i can easily concentrate on what i am reciting this way.


        "He (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) used to incline his head during prayer and fix his sight towards the ground"81- "while he was in the Ka'bah, his sight did not leave the place of his prostration until he came out from it"82; and he said, It is not fitting that there should be anything in the House which disturbs the person praying.83

        "He used to forbid looking up at the sky"84, and he emphasised this prohibition so much that he said: People must refrain from looking up at the sky in prayer, or their sight will not return to them (and in one narration: or their sight will be plucked away).85 In another hadeeth: So when you pray, do not look here and there, for Allaah sets His Face for the face of his slave in his prayer as long as he does not look away86, and he also said about looking here and there, "it is a snatching away which the devil steals from the slave during prayer."87

        He (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) also said: Allaah does not cease to turn to a slave in his prayer as long as he is not looking around; when he turns his face away, Allaah turns away from him88; he "forbade three things: pecking like a hen, squatting (iq'aa'), like a dog and looking around like a fox"89; he also used to say, Pray a farewell prayer as if you see Him, but if you do not see Him, surely He sees you90; and, Any person who, when an obligatory prayer is due, excels in its ablution, humility and bowings, will have it as a remission for his previous minor sins as long as he does not commit a major sin, and this (opportunity) is for all times.91

        Once he (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam), prayed in a khameesah92 and (during the prayer) he looked at its marks. So when he finished, he said: Take this khameesah of mine to Abu Jahm and bring me his anbijaaniyyah93, for it has diverted my attention from the prayer (in one narration: for I have looked at its marks during the prayer and it almost put me to trial).94 Also "'Aaishah had a cloth with pictures spread towards a sahwah95, towards which the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) prayed and then said: Take it away from me [for its pictures did not cease to thwart me in my prayer].96

        81 Baihaqi and Haakim, who declared it saheeh and it is as he said. It also has a strengthening hadeeth reported by ten of his Companions: transmitted by Ibn `Asaakir (17/202/2). See Irwaa' (354).
        *NB: These two ahaadeeth show that the sunnah is to fix one's sight on the place of prostration on the ground, so the action of some worshippers of closing their eyes during Prayer is misdirected piety, for the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (sallallaahu `alaihi wa sallam).

        82 ibid.

        83 Abu Daawood & Ahmad with a saheeh isnaad (Irwaa', 1771); what is meant here by `the House' is the Ka'bah, as the context of this hadeeth shows.

        84 Bukhaari & Abu Daawood.

        85 Bukhaari, Muslim & Siraaj.

        86 Tirmidhi & Haakim, who declared it saheeh, cf. Saheeh at-Targheeb (no. 353)

        87 Bukhaari and Abu Daawood.

        88 Transmitted by Abu Daawood and others. Ibn Khuzaimah and Ibn Hibbaan declared it saheeh. See Saheeh at-Targheeb (no.555)

        89 Ahmad and Abu Ya`laa. See Saheeh at-Targheeb (no. 556).

        90 Mukhlis in Ahaadeeth Muntaqaah, Tabaraani, Rooyaani, Diyaa' in al-Mukhtaarah, Ibn Maajah, Ahmad and Ibn `Asaakir. Haitami declared it saheeh in Asnaa al-Mataalib.

        91 Muslim.

        92 A woollen garment having marks.

        93 A coarse garment without marks.

        94 Bukhaari , Muslim & Maalik. It is given in Irwaa' (376).

        95 "A small room embedded in the ground slightly, like a small chamber or cupboard" (Nihaayah).

        96 Bukhaari , Muslim & Abu `Awaanah. The Messenger (sallallaahu `alaihi wa sallam) did not order the wiping out or tearing of the pictures but only removed them because - and Allaah knows best - they were not pictures of things having souls. The evidence for this is that he (sallallaahu `alaihi wa sallam) tore other pictures as proved by many narrations in Bukhaari and Muslim, and whoever wishes to explore this further should consult Fath al-Baari (10/321) and Ghaayah al-Maraam fi Takhreej Ahaadeeth al-Halaal wal-Haraam (nos. 131-145).

        Allahu Alim


          "He (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) would spread his left palm on his left knee, clench all the fingers of his right hand, point with the finger adjacent to the thumb towards the qiblah, and fix his sight on it (i.e. the finger)."

          Muslim, Abu `Awaanah & Ibn Khuzaimah. Humaidi (13/1) and Abu Ya`laa (275/2) added with a saheeh sanad on the authority of Ibn `Umar: "and this is the shooting of the devil; no-one will forget when he does this", and Humaidi raised his finger. Humaidi also said that Muslim bin Abi Maryam said, "A man related to me that in a church in Syria, he saw images of Prophets depicted like this", and Humaidi raised his finger. This is an extremely strange remark, but its sanad up to "the man" is saheeh.

          Allahu Alim


            There is no correct way of performing salaat, pumpkin

            That must surprise you, allow me to explain how i came to this conclusion. Our Prophet he prayed in different ways which you will see to this day people imitating his actions.

            There is a recommended way of prayer but nothing is set in stone. If it were set in stone even the sick would not be able to pray while lying in bed. Get my drift?

            Whatever gets u closer to Allah you should try that, but make sure you follow the guidelines covering from navel to ankles and so forth.

            People will tell u oh put your hand this way not that way, feet this way and not that way, head on top not around. But you know what I say if its so set in its ways then why is it possible to pray sitting lying down when sick? Again there is no set way that you have to abide by and that I'm tellin you from my own gathered knowledge.

            Jitna Diya Sarkar Nay Mujko, Itni Meri Auqat Nahi, Yeh Saab Tumhara Karam Hai Aqa, Mujh Mein Aisi Koi Baat Nahin.

            It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.
            Rabul MashriqaiN wal MaghribaiN


              and now i am even more confused...
              aapkiamanat, thanks for quoting those ahadith. Those clearly indicate one shouldnt close his eyes, however i couldnt get the meaning of misdirected piety (as in my case i think i can concentrate more)

              coconut, thanks for your input...i agree there is no hard n fast rule in performing ones salat, however there are guidelines...and i think apkiamanat quoted such guidelines which clearly indicate that prophet Muhammad (SAW) didnt use to close his eyes while performing salat.


                Asalam ualikum W'r W'b;
                Pumpkin, I've always thought that closing of the eyes during salat was somewhat related to the Jewish way of worship, hence one shouldn't close the eyes to avoid any sort of imitation. I'll check into it.