If you’re a revert, then you’re probably going to have a lot of questions. Following the 5 pillars can be a difficult task, but one that you'll need to get used to in your daily life is prayer (Salat). Praying 5 times a day after a long period of not doing so can feel overwhelming and challenging, and learning the complexities of prayer can make you feel disheartened.
If this sounds like you—you have nothing to worry about. In the following post, we’re going to outline how you can learn to pray as a revert, including some educational tools that you can access, as well as some general tips that will help you on your new spiritual journey.
Why Is Prayer So Important?
As one of the 5 pillars of Islam, prayer is a very important part of any Muslim’s life. First and foremost, it is a fulfillment of religious duty, and an expectation from God. Secondly, it is a way for you to connect with God at a personal level, taking a break from daily life to reconnect and remind yourself that there is more than just the physical reality we experience daily.
Thirdly, prayer is a way for you to ask forgiveness for your sins, and seek spiritual guidance from the divine. It is a way for you to find ways to help you in your daily life and to reset your mind so that you are ready for all life has to throw at you.
Are There Any Tools Available To Help Me Learn To Pray?
There are two traditional ways that people learn to pray. The first is through being taught by or watching others. You’ll find that many Muslims will be happy to help instruct you in the proper way to pray. The second is by reading about prayer, and there are many articles online you can read, books you can purchase, and even videos you can watch to learn more.
With the advent of modern technology, there are also educational tools that you can get to help you learn Salah. For example, our prayer mat, the My Salah Mat Smart Interactive Adult Prayer Mat, has been designed to help adults and reverts learn to pray. Using touch-sensitive technology, it guides you through each of the 5 prayers with interactive buttons and audio recitations of the appropriate prayers.
Is It Alright If I Don’t Know How To Pray?
Everyone starts somewhere! While many people learn to pray as they are growing up, others find the faith at a later point in their life and must learn to pray. You should know that if you are an adult learning to pray for the first time, you are not alone. More than this, you should know that the Muslim community across the world is always there to help you.
As long as you’re trying to learn salah, you are doing the right thing! It takes people different periods of time to learn, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t understand everything right away. If you’ve just taken your Shahada and are completely new to Salah, then you should rest assured that prayer will get easier the more you incorporate it into your life.
Give Yourself The Gift Of Prayer
At My Salah Mat, we believe prayer is one of the most important things in a person’s life. If you want products that will help you, a friend, or family member learn to pray, then check out our full range of educational products here.