Yesterday, I wrote about the importance of prayers,how highly important it is in our lives as muslims. And to build the sense of awareness on our subconcious needs time and emotional investment. But it is worth it, inshaAllah. Allah subhana wa taala is the owner of all hearts, it is Him that has the ability to make our hardened hearts to be softened by His Words. And to show our seriousness that we want change in our lives, we have to make actions. Make actions to train ourselves to get used to pray. So when you have not done prayer, there will be an inner radar that reminds you of it.
“… Verily, Allah does not change the state of a people until they bring about a change in themselves…” [Ar Raad (13) : 11]
Do you know how long a pilot must be trained to get used to the cockpit? Do you know how long a bank employee to be trained (indoctrinized) on the routines of the bank activities? At least 3 months. But the pilot or the employee will be willingly do the training with boredom and emotional turbulences along the way. Why? Because they know it is worth it. The nice salary, the future, the good life.. all those result prediction will want them to face all the suffer 😀
Now, this is also about our future. If you don’t even pray, what kind of life will be waiting for you? Let’s imagine.
First, you will be in constant stress. You will never be in happiness, your emotions will never be stable. Maybe you think you are happy, or stable, but it is fake.. You might want to learn from the secular nations in the planet. The countries that their people’s lifestyle is considered as the defenition of happiness. Looking down on third world countries people, because their countries are called as the most successful countries in the world. Look at the reality of the community who separate religion from their lives. The numbers of people who suffer from depression is increasing day by day. Ironic. Why is that? Simple.
“… Verily, it is the remembrance of Allah alone that brings calm to the hearts.” [Ar Raad (13) : 28]
“Verily! I am Allah! None has the right to be worshipped but I, so worship Me, and perform prayers for My Remembrance.” [Taha (20) : 14]
One of the effect of prayer is the rememberance of Allah, and by rememberance of Allah, our hearts find rest. Restful heart, happiness, no depression. Simple. Pure logic 😀
Second, if you dont pray, what kind of life partner will be waiting for you in the future? If that person can accept non-praying-muslim, what kind of muslim quality does he/she have? What kind of family are you planning to build? Depressed family? Depressed parents will raise depressed children. Depressed family doesn’t sound to be good. Think about it. 😉
Third, when you die, muslims have no obligation to pray upon you. Because you are a disbeliever. It like a car accidentally slide a dog on the street, if the driver is kind, he will dig a hole and throw the dog in it. Or if he is in a hurry (not bad, just in a hurry 😀 ) he will just leave the body there, and another car will slide it over and over. Okay, you get the analogy? Don’t be mistaken, you are not the driver, you’re the dog. Your death as the non-praying-muslim is the same as the dog’s. (And don’t get me wrong, dogs are cute animals, for animal lovers, don’t curse me 😀 )
Fourth, you will be in hell-fire. Because you are among the disbelievers. You will be in-line for hisab with Pharaoh, Hitler, Jack The Ripper, and many other famous people in history. (Or you want to? To take their autographs, pictures, and shake their hands? -I don’t think so-) There are many pious people in history, too, let’s pray we will get in-line with them. 😀
I’m sure there will be many other negative things, but those will do. 😉
Let’s start with the understanding that our faith (iman) fluctuates. Sometimes we will feel like we have a very close attachment with Allah, sometimes we will be ignorant. So,what to do? This is what we should do, we must train ourselves not to leave the obligatory activities when our iman is down.
How? By doing more good deeds, not just the obligation, more than that. We have to push ourselves to do more sunna prayers. Nawafil, dhuha, witr, tahajud. Step by step increase it. Push ourselves to do it everyday for 3 months. When you fail one day, start back from day 1. Remind yourselves, by notes in the mirror, or reminders on your cellphone. Best way is, make a support group, tell a person you trust that they have the right to slap you in the face, or scream at your ears, when you leave prayers. Anything. 3 months, always do obligatory prayers, and try to increase the number of additional prayers. This will help us to make prayers as a habit. Just like sport, when you stop, you will want it, crave for it. By doing this, when your iman is down, you will probably leave dhuha, or nawafil, but never leave the obligatory prayers.
This 3 months training also will work for Qur’an reading. Set the minimum numbers of page, 3 months, don’t stop reading. You can read more, but never read less than what you have set. This will help you to make reading Qur’an as a habit. You will miss it when you leave it.
This training works for many people in every cases, not just religious matters, also for stopping doing cigarettes, sports, reading books, etc. 3 months. Set our numbers. And after that 3 months, set new higher numbers. Probably the time of prayers. Make it a habit to pray slow, not in a hurry. And then train our punctuality.
When we try, fight, and struggle to increase our qualities, Allah subhana wa taala will help. I’m sure. Allah will help us to build better attchments and open many doors for us to learn our deen better. Allah will guide us, when He see that we are seriously trying to make ourselves deserve the guidance.
Allah subhaanahu wa taala says “Take one step towards ME, I will take ten steps towards you. Walk towards ME, I will run towards you.” -Hadith Qudsi
May Allah help us, beautify our iman, and keep us estiqamah. Amin.