I begin writing with the help of all of Allaah's (God's) names; He is the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.
Peace be upon those who follow Guidance.
The first thing that came to mind when I read this was that 'prayer' for a Muslim is a little different than most. We have essentially two kinds of prayer; a formal and highly ritualized prayer which is performed AT LEAST five times a day, and an informal prayer which can be performed at nearly any time. Informal prayers (which is what I will discuss) can be from the Words of Allaah (i.e. the Qur'aan) or the statements of His Last Messenger and Prophet (Muhammad bin 'Abdullaah, peace and blessings be upon him). It can also be from one's self and in one's own tongue (i.e. NOT Arabic). A few things come to mind when I think of my 'pocket prayers'. First, a verse of the Qur'aan which reads, "Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allaah. Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allaah hearts are assured." [Ar-Ra'd (The Thunder) 13: 28]. This is so true! Then I have two VERY regular prayers I say (I actually say many more, but that would make this too long). The first is from the Qur'aan; "My Lord, enable me to be grateful for Your favor which You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents and to work righteousness of which You will approve and make righteous for me my offspring. Indeed, I have repented to You, and indeed, I am of the Muslims." [Al-Ahqaaf (The Curving Sand Tracts) 46:15]. The second is from the teachings of the Messenger of Allaah; "O Allaah, verily I ask You for Guidance, Constant Awareness of You, Chastity, and Contentment within myself." I hope this helps with bringing about even greater perspective on prayer. I pray that Allaah guides us and you, and helps us rectify our affairs. Amen.
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