33 Ways of developing Khushoo’ in Salaah [33 Sababun Lil-Khushoo’ Fi Salaah] Part-1

Part 1: Key to happiness
Khushoo’ means calmness, serenity, tranquility, dignity and humility.

Fearing Allah in a calm manner; the heart stands before the Lord in humility and submission. Khushoo linked to theheart; if heart corrupt rest body is also corrupt (eg: king and people, if king/leader is good…people will be good, else king sucks ppl will be messed up too))

  • State during salat : Obedience to Allah(swt) by bowing, lower gaze, humble oneself out of fear of Allah(swt)
  • Salat is extremely hard except for people who have Khushu
  • Shaytans number one project: divert us from Salat; Khushu is first thing that will be lost from our religion.

Concealment of Khushoo:

  • Shouldn’t show more khushoo then we feel (its in heart not shoulder)
  • Heart feels pure, filled with light of greatness of Allah, desires die because of the fear of Allah and awe which have filled his heart to overflowing so that his physical faculties have calmed down, his heart has become dignified and feels secure in Allaah the remembrance of Him, and tranquillity descends upon him from his Lord. So he has become humble (mukhbit) before Allaah, and the one who is humble is the one who is assured.”
  • Empty our heart for prayer; focuses on it exclusive of anything else, and prefer it to everything else. Find joy and comfort. 
Part 2: Evaluating khushoo level
Rulings on Khushoo: 
Obligatory to have it, people with it will inherit Firdaws.
Lacking Khushu are sinners, it is wajib.
Allah promised forgiveness to those who pray 5 salats with khushoo. 
Evaluation·It is impossible to achieve Khushoo without the help of Allaah.

·Being deprived of khushoo’ is nothing short of a calamity, make dua that Allaah makes our heart amongst the khashioun.

·Five Levels of Prayer:

1. Wrongs himself and is negligent. Does not do wudoo’ properly, or pray at the right time or make sure he does all the necessary parts of prayer.

2. observes the outward essentials of prayer, prays on time and does wudoo’, but he has lost the battle against his own self and is overwhelmed with waswaas.

3. who observes the outward essentials of prayer, prays on time and does wudoo’, and also strives against his own self and against waswaas, but he is preoccupied with his struggle against his enemy (i.e. the Shaytaan), lest he steal from his prayer, so he is engaged in salaah and jihaad at the same time.

4. one who when he stands up to pray, he fulfils all the requirements of the prayer, and his heart is fully focused and alert lest he omit anything, and his concern is to do the prayer properly and perfectly. His heart is deeply immersed in his prayer and worship of his Lord.

5. one who does all of that, but he takes his heart and places it before his Lord, looking at his Lord with his heart and focusing on Him, filled with love and adoration, as if he is actually seeing Him. That waswaas and those thoughts diminish, and the barriers between him and his Lord are lifted. The difference between the prayer of this person and the prayer of anyone is else is greater than the difference between heaven and earth. When this person prays, he is preoccupied with his Lord and content with Him.

The first type is punishable; the second is accountable; the third is striving so he is not counted as a sinner; the fourth is rewarded and the fifth is drawn close to his Lord, because he is one of those for whom prayer is a source of joy. Whoever finds their joy in prayer in this life, will find their joy in being close to Allaah in the Hereafter, and will also find his joy in Allaah in this world. Whoever finds his joy in Allaah will be content with everything, and whoever does not find his joy in Allaah, will be destroyed by his feelings of grief and regret for worldly matters.”

Part 3: Strengthening Khushoo
How to get khushu: Two parts to achieve this as follows.
Part A: Strengthen your khushoo add those things: desire to do fardh

§Focus what your say and do.

§Ponder on Quran recitation, dhikr, duaa.

§Remember your speaking to Allah (all seer/hearer) {Ihsaan : worship Him(swt) as if you see Him, and if u cant see him, He can see you.}

§The more one tastes salats sweetness, more you will be attracted to it; this can be done through strength of the Eeman

§Preparing oneself for prayer properly

·By repeating the words of the adhaan after the muezzin

·By pronouncing the du’aa’ to be recited after the adhaan

·Reciting du’aa’ between the adhaan and the iqaamah; Doing wudoo’ properly, saying Bismillaah before it and making dhikr and saying the du’aa’ after it

·Using siwaak to cleanse and perfume the mouth that is going to recite Qur’aan in a short while

·Wearing one’s best and cleanest clothes, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): O Children of Adam! Take your adornment (by wearing your clean clothes) while praying…” [al-A’raaf 7:31]. Allaah is most deserving of seeing us “take our adornment” for Him. Clean, pleasant smelling clothes are also more comfortable and relaxing, unlike clothes for sleeping or working in.

§Moving at a measured pace during prayer

·Perform ruku , sujood properly (else will be worst kind of thief)

·Move in pace else cant get khushoo in hasty prayers.

§Remembering death whilst praying

·Pray as if you wont be able to pray again

·One day our prayer will be the last one…and we wont know it until death comes. 

§Thinking about the aayaat and adhkaar being recited during the prayer and interacting with them

·Ponder on meanings of ayat, study tafsir else how can you fully enjoy even reading the quran?

·Repeat ayats (prophet repeated this till morning came)

·Interact with ayat (praise, ask question, seek refuge , ask for mercy, ..if ayat asks)

·Memorize quran, dua’s for diff. parts of prayer and think of the meaning during recitation.

§Pause at the end of each aayah

§Reciting in slow, rhythmic tones (tarteel) and making one’s voice beautiful when reciting

·Clear recitation with each letter pronounced distinctly

·Beautify the voice, for fine voice increases quran in beauty

§Knowing that Allaah responds to prayers

·The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah, the Blessed and Exalted has said: ‘I have divided the prayer between Myself and My slave, into two halves, and My slave shall have what he has asked for.” When the slave says ‘Praise be to Allaah, Lord of the Worlds,’ Allaah says, ‘My slave has praised Me.’ When the slave says, ‘The Most Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy,’ Allaah says, ‘My slave has extolled me.’ When the slave says, ‘Master of the Day of Judgement,’ Allaah says, ‘My slave has glorified me.’ When the slave says, ‘It is You alone we worship and it is You alone we ask for help,’ Allaah says, ‘This is between Me and My slave, and My slave shall have what he asked for.’ When the slave says, ‘Guide us to the Straight Path, the path of those whom You have favoured, not the path of those who receive Your anger, nor of those who go astray,’ Allaah says, ‘All these are for My slave, and My slave shall have what he asked for.’” (Saheeh Muslim, Kitaab al-Salaah, Baab wujoob qiraa’at al-Faatihah fi kulli rak’ah). [Words in italics are the translation of the meaning of Soorat al-Faatihah – Translator]. This is a great and important hadeeth. If everyone kept it in mind when he prays, he would attain immense khushoo’ and al-Faatihah would have a great impact on him. How could it be otherwise, when he feels that his Lord is addressing him and giving him what he is asking for?

§Praying with a barrier (sutrah) in front of one and praying close to it

·Lessens distractions (vision limits, ppl wont pass by, etc)

·Allowed to fight with someone trying to pass between you and your sutrah

§Placing the right hand on the left hand on the chest

·It is Humility before Allah

§Looking at the place of prostration

·Don’t leave gaze other then prostration place, except when moving index finger.

·Opened eyes from sunnah (if extremely difficult for khushoo allowed to close eyes)

§Moving the index finger

·Move it and its harmfull for shaytan more then iron rod, reminds of Allah’s unity

§Varying the soorahs, aayaat, adhkaar and du’aa’s recited in prayer

·Varying what one recites is the Sunnah and is more conducive to khushoo’. Different opening dua’s…of saw

§Performing sujood al-tilaawah when reciting an aayah where this is required 

·When reading an ayat requiring sujood, we should prostrate.

§Seeking refuge with Allaah from the Shaytaan

·Be consistence in the ibadah, that will ward off shaytan.

·If you get waswasas spit 3 times on the left …The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “That is a shaytaan whose name is Khanzab. If you sense his presence, seek refuge with Allaah from him, and spit [dry spitting] towards your left three times.”

·If forgot the number of rakats performed, perform 2 prostrations while sitting. 

·If confused in passing wind (don’t end prayer unless heard voice or smell an odour)

§Thinking of how the salaf were when they prayed

·Haatim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “I carry out what I am commanded; I walk with fear of Allaah in my heart; I start with the [correct] intention; I magnify and glorify Allaah; I recite at a slow and measured pace, thinking about the meaning; I bow with khushoo’; I prostrate with humility; I sit and recite the complete tashahhud; I say salaam with the [correct] intention; I finish with sincerity towards Allaah; and I come back fearing lest [my prayer] has not been accepted from me, so I continue to strive until I die.” (Al-Khushoo’ fi’l-Salaah, 27-28).

By majelis ilm Posted in Prayers

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