Q: I pray in the female prayer room in the university I go to, so there’s usually a lot of people around me praying with me. Unfortunately, my brain keeps focusing on their salah and judging how they pray, instead of focusing on my own salah and my own mistakes. It’s a terrible habit I have and I’m really disappointed in myself for having these thoughts. Please, any tips to stop this from happening? Should I pray on my own next time, just to avoid passing judgements on others?
A: Think of how close and imminent death is and allow your mind to think of the realities of death and how suddenly it can come.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)