What would you advise me to do to make Islamic life and prayers permanent in my life?

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Dear Brother / Sister,

I would like to talk to you based on some basic rules today. They might or might not provide sufficient answers to your questions; it is up to you to decide.

However, those rules have to be known in any case; they must not be forgotten. One of them is as follows:
"If you cannot do/fulfill all of something, you do not have to abandon all of it." It is a true rule.

You want to fulfill something as a whole; you want to practice it fully. However, there are difficulties and even some impossibilities about it. Either you are not spiritually ready for it, or conditions outside you are not suitable. What should you do in that case?

If you cannot do fully what you want to do, should you abandon it completely, or do as much as you can do and wait for the possibilities and conditions for the things that you cannot do?

The rule states the following: If you cannot do/fulfill all of something, you do not have to abandon all of it. Do and practice as much as you can. Be determined and try to seek opportunities to do and practice what you have not been able to do.

You want to find a way out of the difficulties and impossibilities you are in; you are looking for a remedy and your purpose is to live and practice Islam.  

I would like to attract your attention to a point that will expand your reasoning.

Common criteria of verses and hadiths:

Thawabs eliminate sins; good deeds destroy evil deeds.
Suppose that you had to commit a sin without wishing to do so due to the pressure of your soul or the environment or for some other reasons. Does it mean the end of everything? Is there no way out?

In our opinion, not everything has been ruined; not all hopes have been abandoned; there is a way out; there is some hope.
The verses and hadiths regarding the issue are as follows:  

"…For, those things that are good remove those that are evil..." (Hud, 11/114)

A person who repents from sin is like one who did not sin.

In that case, increase your worship, your thawabs your good deeds and service due to the sins you are exposed to involuntarily; thus, your thawabs will outweigh your sins.

It is possible that the thawabs that you have earned will be more than and outweigh the sins you have been exposed to; and the glad tiding given by the verse will be valid for you. You will win even when you are in a position to lose.

What we say is not a permission to commit sins; it gives hope to those who are about to fall into despair and abandon hope.

What I have seen throughout my life has never been all or none. Things start incompletely, but over time, they are completed and even reach perfection.  

All religious issues are like that. Do not overrate things; do not say I cannot do all of them; so, I will not try any of them. Do whatever you can and wait for the desire, enthusiasm and opportunity that Allah will grant you for the things that you cannot do.

You can lose everything, but not your hope! For, he who loses his hopes loses everything.

"Say: ‘O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah. for Allah forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.’" (az-Zumar, 39/53)

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