The following are my notes from a talk by Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui a few years back. Nothing can capture the sincerity and experiential knowledge that poured out from his heart that day and is still etched freshly in my memory, but perhaps some benefit may come, insha'Allah, for I believe Allah had me stumble across my notes for a purpose...
The Power of Prayer
Salah, from wasilah connects Allah and the 'abd (servant), just as the umbilical cord connects mother and child, nourishing the baby. When we are not in dhikr (remembrance) of Allah, this cord is disconnected. This same cord is the distinction between the Mu'min and a non-Mu'min.
Five times a day Allah by His Infinite Rahmah invites us to break away from the things of this dunya (worldly life). Nothing of this dunya is worthy of being loved for its own sake. If we do love it for itself, then we are a slave to it. We must love what Allah loves. If we do not we are only claiming this hubb (love).
It is reported in a hadith of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace), that "the most beloved of deeds to Allah is salah (prayer) on time". Therefore, we are showing our love for Allah by performing salah on time because it is beloved to Him. The most beloved of prayers to Allah is fajr on Jummah in congregation at the masjid.
The great knower of Allah, Rabia al-Adawiyya is reported to have said, "how can one who claims to love Allah, disobey Him? For the lover is ever-obedient to the Beloved". "Every love outside of His love, is pain", as Mawlana Rumi said.
So, brothers and sisters, perform wudu (ablution) properly and with focus. Stand with your heart and body focused on Allah 'Azza wa Jall. When a person stands before Allah with his heart not focused on Allah, Allah asks, "where is something better than I?".
The kibla of the body is Makkah, and that of the heart is with Allah 'Azza wa Jall.
I seek refuge in Allah, that I remind you of Him, yet I myself forget him. If there was anything good in what I have said, know that it was from Allah alone, and any errors were from my own nafs, and the influence of Shaytan upon me.
- 'The Power of Prayer', a lecture by Shaykh Mokhtar Maghraoui delivered at the ISNA Canada Conference in Toronto 2002.