So many things have lead up to this point and you’re at the precipice of that most intense meeting with Allah. Your conversation is about to begin so you say ‘Allah Akbar’ – Takbeerat Al-Ihram – which means Allah is Greater.
Ihram comes from the root word “حرم” which means sanctuary. Ihram means you’re disengaging the world.
So, as soon as you say takbeerat al ihram, you’re leaving your stresses and worries, and entering into this sanctuary. You’re saying so long world, I have more important things to focus on right now. Even your hands are throwing the world behind you, so push the world behind you with your heart.
Allahu Akbar …
Are you honest when you say it? Or are you lying? What are you really thinking about?
The devil is going to come and try to remind you of everything you can think of, to distract you. Seek refuge in Allah from Shaitan. Only when he is gone can you start focusing on your prayers. Now you’re standing before Allah and you need to make your introduction.
When you start your prayer choose an opening supplication based on how you’re feeling that day, and how you want to connect with Allah: