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Why can’t I pray?

Q:

I am a 22 year old Muslim girl and my family offers namaz regularly. Despite struggling for many years I can’t bring myself to offer namaz on my own. I’m unable to feel its importance in my heart though i know it in my mind. I only pray when Im deeply saddened or my family forces me to. I try to escape that place where my family prays. I feel guilty of not praying. I feel guilty whenever I sin. I avoid sins and ask repentance. I think I’m doing everything right but why can’t I pray?

A:

There are a few reasons for general weakness in doing salah regularly, most of these reasons and we’ll go back to the lack of understanding the importance of prayer and it’s role in life.

Some of these reasons are:

  1. Not knowing why. If we don’t know the reason and the philosophy of prayer we won’t understand it’s importance and topically we won’t do that.
  2. Laziness and wriggling as a habit which will result in laziness in doing wajibat as well
  3. Being or growing up in an environment which is indifferent toward salah
  4. Lack of knowledge on the effects and consequences of leaving salah.

In order to do Salah Regularly you can try a few things:

  1. Learn learn more about and it’s importance in Islam by reading ahadith and ayat al-Quran about salah, its  importance and role in religion for example: salah is pillar of religion, Man La Yahduruhu al-Faqih 1:639; Indeed the prayer restrains from indecent and wrongful conduct, quran 29:45 or imam Ali a.s in Nahj al-Balagha says: Say prayers at the appointed time. Do not say it earlier for the sake of (available) leisure nor delay it on account of pre-occupation. Remember that every act of yours is dependent on your prayer.

learn more about the consequences of abandoning salah for example: Forsaking salah is one of great sins in shariah, quran: So woe to those who pray Who are heedless(neglectful) of their prayer 107-5, or The Messenger of Allah (S) says that a person who neglects prayer and is lazy in its fulfilment is punished with fifteen calamities by Allah. Of these, six are related to this life, Three are with regard to the time of death, Three occur in the grave and Three calamities strike him in Qiyāma. (for more info: https://www.al-islam.org/greater-sins-volume-3-ayatullah-sayyid-abdul-husayn-dastghaib-shirazi/thirty-sixth-greater-sin)

Regards

Muhammad Mussaiyab.