Feeling Empty during Swalah
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Muslims get worried when they go through periods when they do not feel the closeness of Allah (s.w.t.) during swalah, ritual prayer; or in ‘ibadah, acts of worship. That is perfectly normal. Our adherence, and submission, waxes and wanes according to our taqwa’, cognisance of the Divine. That is as natural as the ebb and flow of the tides. Swalah, and other acts of ‘ibadah, worship, are easy when we feel that closeness to Allah (s.w.t.). But then, if it were always so, then we would be attached to the feeling, and not to Allah (s.w.t.), and be deluded into thinking we have actually arrived at some station of elevation. This leads to hubris, and arrogance.
Sometimes, Allah (s.w.t.) Removes that feeling of closeness, so that we learn to strive without the sweet taste of worship. In such an instance, the Divine Gaze is Close, and Intense, like a thirsty man crawling beneath the midday Sun in the desert. He then yearns for the shade, and the water of the oasis. This is that period. So, we must strive, for that is the real jihad; and persevere, for that is the real swabr. And in the end, the Embrace will Enfold us, and we will be Rewarded with that Closeness once again.