A Proverbial Oil Change …

All praise are due to Allah the lord of the worlds and the the peace and blessings upon our prophet Muhammad and his family and his companions and everyone who follows him in goodness until The Day of Judgment. As to what proceeds:


Anyone who has ever owned a car knows that after every 3,000 miles or so you have to get an oil change. Without one, your car’s engine won’t run as smooth and eventually lock up, requiring you to replace the engine in totality. And if you know you are about to go on a trip, sometimes even if you haven’t reached the 3,000 or 5,000 mile marker, you take your car for an oil change to prevent any problems while on the road. Just putting fuel into the tank and going doesnt suffice it. Well, what about our hearts?


Day in and day out, ripping and running, while taking few stops we tread on this long road called life. Insha Allah we make all of our prayers on time, maybe even making some Sunnah prayers getting a small means or fuel to keep our hearts going; but as most things done repetitiously and continuously over a long period of time things start to become habitual. That zeal we first had when we first accepted Islam or started practicing dies off and our Salahs become more of a series of motions devoid of Khushu (concentration) than means of communication with Allah and a coolness to our eye as they were for The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). So just like with your car, every once in a while your heart needs a proverbial oil change. An oil change, or in other words, an Iman booster; something to jump-start you Iman back to levels that are pleasing to Allah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala). One way you can do that is regaining Khushu in your salah. Allah says in the Qur’an,  


“Oh you who believe! Seek help through patience and Salah. Truly, Allah is with those who are patient.” (2:153)


He also says,


“Recite that which has been revealed to you of the Book, and perform Salah. Verily, Salah prevents from lewdness and evils. And indeed, the remembrance of Allah (by you) is greatest. And Allah knows what you do.” (29:45)



I recently attended a lecture where the speaker gave us tips to have more Khushu. The one that I found to be the most helpful for me is knowing and concentrating on the meanings of everything you are saying while praying. Just try it! It doesn’t have to be even a Fard (obligatory) pray, but just take a little extra time to focus on the meaning of the Fatiha and the supplications we say in each position of the Salah. Insha Allah with that alone you will see IMMEDIATE results.


So just as we would change the oil in our cars to insure a long lasting life of the car, what about your heat?!


And all prays due to Allah the lord of the worlds, and the peace and blessings upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and his companions.



Written by:

Abdul-Malik Merchant

Umm al-Qura University

Washington Dc, USA

Shawwal 8, 1432 — September 6, 2011


About Abdul-Malik Merchant
Muslim. Husband. Father. Associate Imam @ISBCC. UQU grad. Boston resident. DC native. Biker. Goofy. Straight up.

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