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Bismillah Al-Rahman Al-Rahim
In the name of Allah the Most Gracious the Most Merciful


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LEARN TO PRAY:

​Alhamdulillah I learnt to pray very quickly and not only did I learnt the  Du'as in Arabic but i also learnt the English translation of the Arabic using the method below.


First I familiarized myself with the various Steps of Salah (see below). Then by placing my mobile phone/ laptop in front of me,  I played the You Tube videos from the  Salah Tutorial (see below). I only followed the steps without reciting any Du'a or Supplication (my aim was to learn the steps.) This way I also praying my 5 daily Salah. 
(I know people may have different opinions but Allah knows best and he knows our intention)

The pronunciation videos I would play whenever I can (whilst driving, doing house hold chores etc.) and recite along  similar to how someone sings along to a song from a music video or the radio.


After I learnt the steps of Salah,  I printed the Salah Guide (see below)   and placed it in front of me on the floor still using the You Tube videos and I would recite along with the videos whilst praying. After a while I  learnt the Du'as in Arabic. No longer using the videos I would look  at the English translation on the Salah Guide whilst reciting the Du'as in Arabic; this way I learnt the meaning of what I was reciting which helped me to focus in Salah.




What I have observed and I am sure any revert will eventually notice is the minor differences in the details of practicing Salah from one Muslim to another.


The minor differences in some cases is because the Hadith suggests some of this diversity of practice  and it was known of and approved by the Prophet (PBUH) himself however most of the differences arise because of different interpretations and understanding of the Islamic legal sources by the different schools of thought or (Madhabs)  within the Islamic jurisprudence (Fiqh). Fiqh or Islamic Jurisprudence is often described as the human understanding and interpretation of the divine Islamic law (sharia) as revealed in the  Holy Quran and the Sunnah.


The  four major schools of thoughts or Madhhabs in Sunni Islam are Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi'i and Hanbali named after the four great Scholars of Islamic Jurisprudence or Fiqh. The four schools of thought or Madhhabs recognize each other's validity and rulings. These schools or Madhhabs are followed across the Muslim world without exclusive regional restrictions, but they each came to dominate in different parts of the world. You can read more about these four Great Islamic Scholars by clicking the links below.

The Four Great Imams of Fiqh Pt. 1.

The Four Great Imams of Fiqh Pt. 2


It is important to note  that each of the four schools of thought or  Madhabs are valid and it therefore, does not matter which one of them you follow.  For further clarification I suggest that you talk with your local Imam.


​The following are the common differences, which you may observe in Salah:

  • Position of legs and feet.
  • Position of hands, including fingers
  • Place where eyes should focus
  • The minimum amount of recitation
  • Loudness of recitation: audible, or moving of lips, or just listening
  • Which of the principal elements of the prayer are indispensable, versus recommended, optional, etc.