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I cannot pray and concentrate in my prayers


‏اَلسَلامُ عَلَيْكُم وَرَحْمَةُ اَللهِ وَبَرَكاتُهُ‎

I am  born muslim, alhamdulillah but I cannot pray and concentrate in my prayers

I make wuduh  and come  some times I feel my wudu is invalid   or sometimes it happens.

I stopped praying and reading quran please help me how can I overcome this problem   I can not stop listening to music , I delete everything from my mobile after 1 week again I download .

please help me


Wa Alaykumussalam

I appreciate you are trying to stay away from sins.

I would like to mention few points here:

  1. If you make wudhu and you doubt if it is broken or not, the wudhu is not broken. So, in this case, you shouldn’t worry. Regarding your wudhu is broken or not, unless you are 100% sure that the wudhu has been broken by either one of the 7 things which invalidate the wudhu (, otherwise, your wudhu is not broken.
  2. Try not to leave a single Salat as you will have to perform the qadha which may make it difficult. Remember Satan wants us to stay away from Salat.
  3. Make habit of reciting Quran may it be 1 verse a day but keep this habit throughout your life as Quran enlightens our hearts like the Salat does.

As it is said, if you want to speak to Allah swt, one should pray and if you want Allah swt to speak to you, one should recite Quran.

  1. Regarding sins such as music etc. remember the disobedience of Allah swt is due to the negligence and ignorance of the human being and whoever Shaitan wants to deviate and make the person negligent, shaitan shows the way of sin due to which the human being disobeys his Lord.

The practical way for a human being to stay away from sins are as follows:

1. Having a strong connection with Allah swt and Masomeen (as).

2. Learning and paying attention to the good effects of leaving sins and the bad effects of committing sins. I would recommend you to read the book “Greater sins” from the following links:

Greater sins volume 1:

The 15th greater sin mentioned in the first volume speaks about Music in depth with the ahadith regarding music

Greater sins volume 2:

Greater sins volume 3:

3. Not obeying the self-desires
Surah A’raf/176:

وَلَوْ شِئْنَا لَرَفَعْنَاهُ بِهَا وَلَٰكِنَّهُ أَخْلَدَ إِلَى الْأَرْضِ وَاتَّبَعَ هَوَاهُ…..

And if We had pleased, We would certainly have exalted him thereby; but he clung to the earth and followed his low desire….

Surah Jathiya/23:

أَفَرَأَيْتَ مَنِ اتَّخَذَ إِلَٰهَهُ هَوَاهُ وَأَضَلَّهُ اللَّهُ عَلَىٰ عِلْمٍ وَخَتَمَ عَلَىٰ سَمْعِهِ وَقَلْبِهِ وَجَعَلَ عَلَىٰ بَصَرِهِ غِشَاوَةً فَمَنْ يَهْدِيهِ مِنْ بَعْدِ اللَّهِ ۚ أَفَلَا تَذَكَّرُونَ 

Have you then considered him who takes his low desire for his god, and Allah has made him err having knowledge and has set a seal upon his ear and his heart and put a covering upon his eye. Who can then guide him after Allah? Will you not then be mindful?

4. Not having interest in the world and it’s seductive appearances


……فَلَا تَغُرَّنَّكُمُ الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا وَلَا يَغُرَّنَّكُمْ بِاللَّهِ الْغَرُورُ

…..let not this world’s life deceive you, nor let the archdeceiver deceive you in respect of Allah.

  1. Keeping the shaitan away from you. Having a good friend and company is one of the things which can keep the shaitan away from us


يَا وَيْلَتَىٰ لَيْتَنِي لَمْ أَتَّخِذْ فُلَانًا خَلِيلًا

O woe is me! would that I had not taken such a one for a friend !

  1. Relying and having Tawakkul in Allah swt in all matters

Aale Imran/122

...وَعَلَى اللَّهِ فَلْيَتَوَكَّلِ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ

…and in Allah should the faithful (Ever) put their trust.

  1. Taking care of the obligatory prayers and paying attention during the prayers


…..إِنَّ الصَّلَاةَ تَنْهَىٰ عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنْكَرِ….

… surely prayer keeps (one) away from indecency and evil …

Adab as-Salat: The disciplines of Prayer – by Sayyid Ruhullah Musawi Khomeini (

  1. Remembering Death

Prophet Muhammad (saww) said: Learn a lot about the destroyer of pleasures, it was asked what is the destroyer of pleasures, Prophet replied: Death

If we remember death then we would try to obey Allah and gather the sawaab from this world rather than committing sins.

Keep yourself away from the places and staying alone which makes you disobey Allah swt like listening to Music. If we keep busy and stay away from places where Haram is being done one can stay away from sins. You can keep your mobile or gadgets away when you think shaitan deviates and you would listen to music.

I hope the points mentioned above would keep us away from sins and paying attention to our responsibilities and obligations.


Syed Haider