Are My Prayers Valid Even Though My Thoughts Are Elsewhere?

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Question: Often, when I am performing my makeup prayers, my mind wanders. There are moments in my prayers when I am focused. Are my prayers valid even though my mind wanders?

Answer: Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray this finds you well. May Allah bless you with complete focus in prayer, and success in completing all of your make-up prayers.


Even though your mind wanders, so long as you perform the integrals of prayer, your prayer is valid.

Please ask Allah Most High to increase your focus in prayer. Please reflect on this tremendously beneficial essay and video: SeekersNotes: Nine Keys to Presence of Heart in Prayer – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

Please refer to the following links:

Should I Repeat My Prayer Because of Heedlessness?

How To Attain Presence of Heart in Prayer

Presence of Heart in Prayer: A Reader


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