Mufti Sahib, I cannot concentrate when I’m doing any form of zikr i.e salaat, quran, tasbeeh. e.t.c why is this?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

There can be a number of different reasons for this. In brief, one requires
a spiritual guide (Shaykh), with whom one has to correspond regularly. He
will advise certain steps, and await your response. Upon hearing how you
have progressed, he will advise you further. This is an ongoing process.

One should search for one qualified in the field of Tasawwuf, and one with
whom you have confidence in. In the meanwhile, try to direct your mind to
something that is more tangible and physical. Example: In Salaat concentrate
on the pronunciation of the words and the posture of the limbs.

Similarly, in Dhikr and Tilaawat, concentrate on the correct pronunciation
and every now and then actually verbally remind oneself that you are
engaging in these forms of Ibaadat to gain Allah Ta’ala’s love and pleasure.

May Allah Ta’ala give us all Tawfeeq.

and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

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