I’m Praying but I Feel Nothing

Sometimes, many of us feel as though we’re…well what I like to call, a robotic Muslim. Like a mechanical, well-oiled machine, we go through the movements of prayer, have our lips recite surahs, raise our hands and make du’a…and still, almost tragically feel nothing. Sometimes that connection we so desperately yearn towards God isn’t there. Sometimes we can’t make-out why our hearts aren’t instantly uplifted, purified and feel that euphoric feeling everyone who pray seems to talk about.

And it makes us question a billion things about ourselves.

“Am I doing this right?”

“Is God mad at me?”

“Have I sinned too much?”

“Why do I feel nothing despite doing everything?”

And the answer is you’re human. You will not be at your highest level of faith 24/7. You’re not always going to be 100% motivated to pray, recite Quran and do extra good deeds. You’ll find that your faith is very similar to the ocean. At times it will be like a tidal wave where you’ll feel a high. And you’ll want to submerge yourself into your religion full-force with enthusiasm and excitement. And at other times, it will be calm and cold, almost still. Where, like a cold glacier, your faith will freeze over. Not really gone. Not really as high. But simply there.

And just like at the bottom of an iced ocean, where there still exists life and living creatures. I know deep inside, you’re still alive with faith. Deep inside you’re still holding onto God. Praying and wondering when you’ll break through these desolate and cold phases in life.

And that’s why I encourage you to stay holding on to the rope of Allah. Because you know that your faith isn’t all gone. It’s not dead. It’s simply pulsating. It still breathes life onto you, even if it isn’t as strong. Don’t give up. Not now, not ever. The times when you’re low in faith are the times you need to be engaged in all the acts of worship that will bring you closer to Allah, even more.

Sit there on the prayer mat and cry, even if you feel nothing. Force those tears out. Ask God to save your tender heart from the darkness that consumes it. Recite those surahs and really comprehend what you’re saying.

Bismillahir-Rahmaaner-Raheem — In the name of Allah, the most gracious, most merciful.

There is not one thing we Muslims engage in or begin except for remembering these attributes and qualities of Allah. Ask the most gracious and most merciful to have mercy on your dwindling faith and struggling soul.

Because life has this tendency to take us through a series of emotions. Sometimes we’re faced with grief and loss. Other times we’re faced with happiness and joy. And although it’s certain that these emotions will never truly be permanent, what will stay permanent is who God is.

Your dimming faith is not permanent if you don’t allow it to be. But you see, faith isn’t just an emotion, it’s a full-fledged system of beliefs. It’s a state of mind, a lifestyle, the lenses in which we use to see the world.

So unlike your emotions which sometimes can’t be controlled, your faith can. But it requires work. It requires effort on your part. It requires patience. It requires hope. It requires consistency in calling out to God. And it requires you to be persistent and wholesomely believe that Allah will pull you out of the dark all while you internally fight the discouraging thoughts in your mind that tell you to give up.

You should never give up. And don’t think God wants you to, either. Because the first step towards reconnecting with God, is to truly understand how much He desires, loves, and yearns to reconnect with you too.

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21 Comment

  1. Reemtos says: Reply

    Ha! Thank you. Jazakumullahu khairan!

  2. Anonymous says: Reply

    Totally agree. There have been times when I dragged myself to pray and realized that’s what I really needed. Sometimes you just need to sit on your prayer mat and let out a few tears. After all, Allah (SWT) knows what we are going through more than anyone else can. Nice article Nash. 🙂

    1. Nashiha Pervin says: Reply

      Exactly! And thank you so much!

  3. HeartofReticence says: Reply

    Beautiful Nashiha! Your words never fail to touch my heart! May Allah always bless you !!

    1. Nashiha Pervin says: Reply

      So humbled, Ameen. Thank you so much!

  4. Wahaab says: Reply

    Quite nicely put! Really needed this 🙂 Thanks.

    1. Nashiha Pervin says: Reply

      Thank you for reading!

  5. Samera says: Reply

    This is beautiful – thank you so much, Nashiha! It was exactly what I needed right now 💛

    1. Nashiha Pervin says: Reply

      I think it’s what a lot of us needed, no problem 🙂

  6. Loved this as usual! This particular piece reminded me of Sr. Yasmin Mogahed’s writing. (She is one of my favorites 😉

    1. Nashiha Pervin says: Reply

      That’s a huge compliment since I love her too 🙂

  7. rushdi says: Reply

    shukran ! is all i need to say, as always you amazing with the words of faith. i am a struggling muslim myself and i hope that i can change and become the muslim im suppose to be.i have too much bad in my life…

  8. Cashmere says: Reply

    It’s amazing how the way you have written has completely given a voice to all of my thoughts and feelings. I am going to keep this as a reminder for whenever it seems to get a tad bit dark. May Allah reward you!

    1. Nashiha Pervin says: Reply

      I’m so glad you can relate 🙂

  9. Anonymous says: Reply

    ❤️❤️❤️ I appreciate you. And this. I honestly love you for the sake of Allah! You’re incredible mashaAllah. Barak Allahu feek

    1. Nashiha Pervin says: Reply

      You’re so sweet! <3

  10. ANONYMOUS says: Reply

    Wowww!!! This is incredibly beautiful, but do you know what I think is even more delicate? The way you used your thoughts and experiences to not just pick yourself up from whatever made you feel this way, but also how you directed those emotions to helping others also understand what you learned! High respects to you my friend! I wish there were more people on earth like you! 🙂

    1. Nashiha Pervin says: Reply

      So sweet! Thank you!

  11. Anonymous says: Reply

    I love you nash😍😙 so effin’ relatable😘😘

    1. Nashiha Pervin says: Reply

      I”m so glad! <3

  12. Appreciating the persistence you put into your blog and detailed information you provide.

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