How to Meditate in Islam

As in other cultures, meditation in Islam can create a sense of well-being and happiness.
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In Islam, meditation and contemplation of Allah is a large part of daily prayers. But in a busy world with many distractions, it may be difficult to focus and relax, and many Muslims may be tempted to recite their prayers without truly meditating on their meaning. Meditation is a learned practice that allows a person to both relax and concentrate on a particular thought or feeling. Many Muslims may find it useful to meditate before prayers in order to improve their concentration and sense of worship.

Sit or lie in a comfortable position in a quiet room. The goal is to be free of distractions without being tempted to fall asleep. Imagine yourself in a calming, peaceful place. Wear comfortable clothing that won't distract or itch.

Take a deep breath and exhale slowly. Instead of focusing on the rise and fall of your chest as you breathe, try to expand your stomach with each inhalation. It may help to place one hand on your stomach as you do this. Over time, you will breathe meditatively without effort.

Visualize any tense points in your body such as your shoulders or neck. Imagine them slowly relaxing. Imagine worries or concerns of the day floating away with your exhalations.

Visualize one of the names of Allah to focus your meditation. You can also imagine a feeling of love or recite a phrase from the Quran or a Dua silently as a mantra.

End your meditation with a Salat or Dua. You may discover that your prayer is deeper and more thoughtful after meditation.

Lindsey Robinson Sanchez, from Bessemer, Ala., has written for the "Troy Messenger," "The Alabama Baptist" and "The Gainesville Times," where her work was featured on the AP wire. She has a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Florida. She writes style, beauty, fitness, travel and culture.