Salah is the key to our success in this world and the next:
If we do not look after this key or lose it, we’ll not be able to unlock the doors that lead to the good in this life and the next – it’s as simple as that. Poor quality of salah is like not reaping full benefits of a powerful life management tool given to us by the Creator of Life Himself! Undoubtedly, when our salah is in good condition, we’ll notice that all the other life affairs also naturally fall into their right places with ease, InshaAllah. Times of ease become more joyful and times of difficulties become easy, or at the very least become bearable.
“It is the believers who are successful: those who are humble in their prayer”
[SURAH AL-MU’MINOON 23, 1-2]
It refers to the submissiveness, gentleness, humility, yearning, and quietude (out of love as well as fear) within the heart due to the consciousness of Allah’s Greatness and Grandeur. It is also the awareness of one’s own weaknesses, absence of haughtiness, arrogance and superiority from the heart. When the heart is full of khushu, the limbs also become subservient in humility to Allah . We may believe that when our minds are distracted, the concentration and humility in salah decreases. However, the truth is that it is actually the heart that causes khushu to increase or decrease. The Prophet said,
“Of surety there is a morsel of flesh in the body, if it is sound, the whole body will be sound, but if it is corrupt, the whole body will be corrupt. It is the heart.” [Muslim].
A famous speaker portrayed a very powerful and beautiful definition of khushoo. He said khushoo is a feeling when your limbs and mind become numb, when you can’t think or hear about anything else around you because you are standing in front of the King, the Master and speaking to Him. He referred to this numbness as something similar to what students would go through if they were summoned in front of the Principal’s office: the fear in their hearts and the numbness that engulfs their mind for a split second.
Some Practical Tips:
- Avoiding major and minor sins helps to increase Khushoo and faith.
- Eat Halal and avoid what is Haram and unclear.
- Make sure that your clothes are clean and you are in state of wadu.
- Read Salah on time ‘Awal waqt’
- Read new surah and of course memorize more portions of Quran.
- Focus on meanings.
- Read in a place where no distractions, make a corner in your room or closet.
- For women: Make a salah dress, a long ‘chadar or abaya ‘ so that you get the feeling also no worry to fix it again 7 again.
- Remind yourself continually that you are talking to the most important ‘One’ in your life – your Creator and Sustainer. He is in front of you. You are facing Him and you are involved in a dialogue with Him.
- Putting little ‘itr’ on place of sajdah helps too.
- Fix your gaze on place of sajdah.
- Try to make Ruku & sajdah long (read more duas in them). The Prophet said : “A servant is nearest to his Lord when he is in sajda, so increase your supplication when in sajda.” (Muslim.)
- Pray as if this is my last salah or remember day of qiyamah or my qabar.
- Try to pray some prayers once a week or more in Masjid, it also helps. (for women)
- Also make lots of dua that Allah subhana’watalah may increase our Khushoo ameen.
Lecture “Namaz mai khushoo kaisai” by Ustazah Farhat Hashmi
Some excerpts are taken from Productive Muslim
Tips are written by: Sr. Uzma Hussain
Compiled by: Admin