Part 4: Advantages of Khushoo
Knowing the advantages of khushoo’ in salaah:
· Proper salat leads to “expiation for all the previous sins, so long as they were not major sins..”
· You will only have from your prayer that which you focused on.
· What is meant is that every time a pillar (essential part) of the prayer is completed, part of his sins fall from him,until when he finishes his prayer, all his sins will be removed. This is in a prayer where all the conditions are met and the essential parts are complete.
· The one who prays with khushoo’ will feel lighter when he finishes his prayer, as if his burdens have been lifted from him. He will feel at ease and refreshed, so that he will wish he had not stopped praying, because it is such a source of joy and comfort for him in this world. He will keep feeling that he is in a constricting prison until he starts to pray again; he will find comfort in prayer instead of wanting just to get it over and done with
· Striving to offer du’aa’ at the appropriate times during the prayer, especially in sujood
o “… call upon Him in humility and in secret…” [al-An’aam 6:63].
o “Whoever does not call on Allaah, Allaah will be angry with him.”
o The closest that the slave can be to his Lord is when he is prostrating, so increase your du’aa’ [at that time]
o “… As for sujood, strive hard to make du’aa’ in it, for it is bound to be answered for you.”
o “When any one of you finishes the Tashahhud, let him seek refuge with Allaah from four things, from the punishment of Hell, from the punishment of the grave, from the trials (fitnah) of life and death, and from the evil of the Dajjal (‘Antichrist’).”
· Adhkaar to be recited after prayer
o one of the best ways of preserving and protecting a good action is to follow it up with another
o begin with seeking forgiveness three times, as if the worshipper is seeking forgiveness from his Lord for any shortcomings that may have occurred in his prayer or his khushoo’.
o It is also important to pay attention to naafil (supererogatory) prayers, because they make up for anything lacking in the fard (obligatory) prayers, including any failure with regard to khushoo’.
Ward off things that weaken it for you: Personall.. varies, TV, Music, Internet, Work, School
- Removing anything that may distract the worshipper
- Remove stuff that might distract you from the location u choose to pray
- Don’t pray where there is lot of noise or passing ppl
- Don’t pray in too much hot or cold area
- Not praying in a garment that has decorations, writing, bright colours or pictures that will distract the worshipper
- Not praying when there is food prepared that one wants to eat
- “If dinner has been put out and the iqaamah has been given for prayer, eat dinner first and do not rush to finish it.”
- Not praying when one needs to answer the call of nature
- Go to the washroom before the salat
- If u have urge during salat, stop and go pray and then pray again to complete salat. “There is no prayer when there is food prepared or if one is suppressing the urge to expel waste matter.”
- Not praying when one feels sleepy
- “If any one of you feels sleepy when he is praying, he should sleep until he [is rested enough to] know what he is saying,”
- Not praying behind someone who is talking (or sleeping)
- “Do not pray behind one who is sleeping or one who is talking.”
- Not occupying oneself with smoothing the ground in front of one
- “Do not wipe (the ground) when you are praying, but if you have to, then do it only once.”
- The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Prayer is an occupation in itself.”
- Not disturbing others with one’s recitation
- “All of you are speaking to your Lord, so do not disturb one another, and do not raise your voices above one another when reciting” or he said, “in prayer.”
- Not turning around during prayer
- ‘Allaah continues to turn towards His slave whilst he is praying, so long as he does not turn away, but if he turns away, [Allaah] turns away from him.”
- This could be two types
- The turning away of the heart to something other than Allaah.
- The turning away of the eyes.
- “It is something that Shaytaan steals from a person’s prayer.”
- The one who turns away with his heart or his eyes during prayer is like a man who is called by the ruler and made to stand before him, and when the ruler starts to address him, he turns away, looking to the right and the left, not listening to what the ruler is saying and not understanding a word of it, because his heart and mind are elsewhere.
- Not raising one’s gaze to the heavens
- “When any one of you is praying, he should not lift his gaze to the heavens, lest he lose his sight.”
- Not spitting in front of one when praying
- “When any one of you stands up to pray, he should not spit in front of himself, because he is talking to Allaah – may He be blessed and exalted – as long as he is in his prayer place; and he should not [spit] to his right, because there is an angel on his right. He should spit to his left, or beneath his feet, and bury it.”
- Trying not to yawn when praying
- “If any one of you feels the urge to yawn during prayer, let him suppress it as much as he can, lest the Shaytaan enter…”
- Not putting one’s hands on one’s hips when praying
- “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade putting the hands on the hips during prayer.”
- Not letting one’s clothes hang down (sadl) during prayer
- “Al-sadl: letting one’s clothes hang down all the way to the ground.” It was reported in Marqaat al-Mafaateeh (2/236): “Al-sadl is completely forbidden because it has to do with showing off, and in prayer it is even worse.” The author of al-Nihaayah said: “It means wrapping oneself up in one’s garment, leaving one’s hands inside and bowing and prostrating in it.”
- Not resembling animals
- For example, it was reported that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade three things in prayer: pecking like a crow, spreading one’s forearms like a carnivore, or always praying in the same place like a camel keeping to its own territory. (Reported by Ahmad, 3/428).
When a person suffers a great deal of waswaas:
- ‘You will gain nothing from your prayer except the parts where you were focused.’
- Allaah has made the success of the worshipper in prayer dependent on his khushoo’, and has indicated that the one who has no khushoo’ will not be among the successful, but if it is counted for him for the purpose of reward, he will be one of the successful.
- If concentrated on most of the salat, it is OK to not repeat. The sunnah prayers and adhkaar recited after prayer make up for anything that is lacking.