Narrated Abu Dharr: The Prophet said, “Do not disdain any good deed, even your meeting with your brother (Muslim) with a cheerful face.” (Muslim)
Narrated Ibn Mas’ud: The Prophet said, “Ruined are those who insist on hardship in matters of the Faith.” He repeated this three times. (Muslim)
From Inspire Magazine
By SALMA MOHIUDDIN
In a zombie like state I go through the motions of prayer. Forgotten chores, academic epiphanies, and past conversations reel through my mind. I finish four rakahs, then doubt whether I did them and forget which passages from the Quran I recited. My attention shifts with the smallest sound, with concentration a distant mirage.
Many things need our attention from a day to day basis that our minds are constantly engaged, even when we are asleep. It is no surprise then that we carry the chaos of our lives in to prayer. Ali ibn Abi Talib, may Allah be pleased with him said, “There is no good in recitation unaccompanied by reflection.” Many of us can admit to procrastinating doing prayer, and then rushing at the last moment and addressing the second pillar of Islam with blurred movements and incoherent recitations. Without reflection, prayer becomes memorized movements devoid of meaning and reward.