By Samina Farooq
When was the last time you talked to Allah?
When was the last time you cried in your prayer or dua?
When was the last time you had goosebumps while doing so?
When was the last time you prayed with tranquility and not in a hurry?
When was the last time you breathed between each verse?
When was the last time you recited a longer surah you knew of Qur’an in your prayer?
When was the last time you touched the pages of Qur’an like you hold them so dear?
When was the last time you were satisfied with your spiritual self?
When was the last time you just sat there thinking, when was my last time…
In such a fast-paced world, with everyone rushing to one thing or the other, you feel like you’ll be missing out if you’ll stop and breathe for a while. So you keep running too. Until you just pass out on your bed and wake up the other day in that same loop. Not knowing when was that last time.
I think the solution is in Fajr. It can be that last time…
When most of the world is asleep and it’s still a little dark. That is the time when you can stand and breathe. Bow down and breathe. Prostrate and breathe. Sit down and breathe. And then just shed tears because just breathing felt so beautiful. Who knew that just taking a breath would be so breathtaking.