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March 26, 2011

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Project “Recover Ramadan” – Step 16: Remember that khushoo is attainable…

by Umm Muawiyah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

In the last Recover Ramadan post, I spoke about how important the salah (prayer) is.

There are two aspects of the salah: the outward actions and the inward actions.

The outward actions (i.e. that of the limbs and the tongue) all have to be in accordance with the salah of the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam).

What about the inner actions? Well, that would be the actions of the heart.

That’s where the khushoo issue comes in. Khushoo, simply put, is the humility that one feels in salah.

You know, it’s that feeling. We all read about it and dream of attaining it. The key word here is dream.

Many people just think “Insha-Allah, one day I’ll pray with khushoo” and don’t take the steps that are necessary to achieve it.

What kind of steps do we need to take?

Well, I think that can be divided into two parts:

1) Just before and during the salah.

2) Outside the salah.

As for the first part, that involves many steps. I’ll just mention one.

Pay attention to what you are saying.

Yes, that’s it. Just focus and try to ponder over what you’re saying. Remember that Allah is watching you.

Just try this simple step and see how it goes. Whenever I focus on the salah, I get a different feeling.

In order to do this, you’d have to 1) understand the words of salah and 2) mix it up once in a while.

Mix up what, you ask? You know, vary the short surahs after Al-Fatihah (it doesn’t always have to be Surah Al-Ikhlaas, you know) and the various adkhar (supplications) in rukoo (bowing) and sujood (prostrating).

That was the easy part. The second step is much more difficult.

See, khushoo in salah is ultimately attained by having khushoo outside of it.

The reason that it’s so difficult for us to remain focused on Allah for a mere 15 minutes is because many of us don’t focus on Him the entire day.

How is it that we can forget about Allah for the whole day and then expect to be close to Him in prayer? Do we really think it’s as easy as flipping a switch?

No, it isn’t. The person who has forgotten Allah outside of prayer will not be allowed to remember Him in prayer. It’s as simple as that.

We all claim that the salah is very important to us so let’s ask ourselves some questions:

1) Do we constantly supplicate to Allah to grant us khushoo in our salah?

2) Have we made attaining khushoo in salah a priority in life?

3) Did we try to figure out how we can improve the quality of our salah?

4) Did we try to do some research on some ways that we can attain khushoo?

5) When we pray without khushoo, does it leave us feeling saddened and disgusted with ourselves? Or do we just let it go?

6) Does our entire day revolve around the salah? Do we plan all our days according to the prayer times?

7) Has our salah improved us as people? Has it brought us closer to the Lord of the Worlds?

We need to remember one thing: it is possible to attain khushoo. However, we need to change our attitudes, put in the required effort and keep slogging away until we get there, insha-Allah.

And even if we don’t get there, then at least when we are questioned on the Day of Judgment, we can say that we tried.

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Umm Moosa
    Mar 28 2011

    Assalamualaikum,
    MashaAllah that was a good post.
    I seem to be having major problems with khushoo these days. Sometimes I think even though I have more knowledge now than I had a few years ago( as little as it is), my salah was much better then. I think when one first starts practising they have a lot more vigour and ‘azeema but as one progresses in life, the tests get harder…things become more difficult to sustain…
    Is it just me or do you agree with me?
    The point where you mentioned that the key to have khushoo in salaah is to remember him outside salah as well was profound.
    Jazakillahu kul al khair

    Reply
    • Umm Muawiyah
      Mar 30 2011

      Wa Alaikum Assalam.

      Jazakillahu kheira.

      Yes, I agree because the same thing happened to me.

      The reason that you mentioned is just one of many. I think it also has to do with other aspects like kibr (arrogance) so one does not feel the need to improve oneself. Also, when we progress in seeking knowledge, our attention turns to dawah (i.e others) thereby taking our attention off ourselves.

      Allahu Alam.

      The point about remembering Him outside of salah was not mine. I heard it in 2 lectures and it was mentioned to me by a friend of mine as well.

      Reply

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