Allah asks us to connect with Him in prayer five times a day and to leave the world behind. Salah is our personal connection with Allah that we should feel honored to partake in. When we start salah with, “Allahu Akbar,” and raise our hands to our ears, it is as if we are leaving the world behind us at that moment and focusing on Allah alone.
Furthermore, saying, “Allahu Akbar,” means that God is Greater. It is usually translated as, “God is Great,” but a more literal translation is, “God is Greater.” God is greater is not a full sentence. Allah is inviting us to fill in the blank. Whatever we put after that statement, God is greater than it. God is greater than our worries. God is greater than our stress and our anxieties. God is greater than this whole universe and everything that is in it. In this state, we enter salah.
Once we are in salah we are invited to a council with Allah. Similar to how a baby feels the most comfort in the arms of its mother, simply being in Allah’s council is a source of comfort for us. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to say, “Relieve us with it, Oh Belal.” He used to ask Belal (RA) to make the call to prayer so that he could feel comfort from it. Surely the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was under a lot of stress, yet he used to find comfort in salah.
Studies have shown that meditation is healing for the mind and spirit. While salah is similar to meditation, it is so much more. As we enter into a state of tranquility, as people who meditate are supposed to do, we then connect to the power and peace that comes with worshiping Our Creator. Imagine how much we are benefiting our minds, bodies, and spirits by engaging in salah.