33 Ways of developing Khushoo’ in Salaah [4/34]

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Muslim father and young daughter praying at Mosque

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In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious Most Merciful

The means of developing Khushoo’

Striving to gain that which gives and strengthens khushoo’

This can be achieved in several ways, such as the following:

Preparing oneself for prayer properly

For example:

1. By repeating the words of the adhaan after the muezzin;

By pronouncing the du’a’ to be recited after the adhaan,

  “Allahummah Rabba haadhihi’l-da’wati’l-taammah wa’-salaati’l-qaa’imah, aati Muhammadan il-waseelata wa’l-fadeelah, wab’ath-hu’l-maqaam al-mahmood alladhi wa’adtah (O Allah, Lord of this perfect call and the prayer to be offered, grant Muhammad the privilege (of interceding) and also the eminence, and resurrect him to the praised position that You have promised)”

2. Reciting du’a’ between the adhaan and the iqaamah;

Doing wudoo’ properly, saying Bismillaah before it and making dhikr and saying the du’a’ after it,

  “Ash-hadu an laa ilaaha ill-Allah wahdahu laa shareeka lah wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa rasooluhu (I bear witness that there is no god except Allah alone, with no partner or associate, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and messenger)” and “Allahummaj’alni min al-tawwaabeena waj’alni min al-mutatahhireen (O Allah, make me of those who repent and make me of those who purify themselves)”

3. Using the Siwaak

Using siwaak to cleanse and perfume the mouth that is going to recite Qur’an in a short while, because the Prophet ﷺ said,

 “ Purify your mouths for the Qur’an. [Reported by al-Bazzaar, who said: we do not have it with any better isnaad than this. Kashf al-Astaar, 1/242. Al-Haythami said: its men are thiqaat. 2/99. Al-Albaani said: its isnaad is jayyid. Al-Sahihah, 1213]

Wearing one’s best and cleanest clothes, because Allah says (interpretation of the meaning),

  “O Children of Adam! Take your adornment (by wearing your clean clothes) while praying…” [Al-A’raaf 7:31]

Allah 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.

We should also prepare ourselves by covering our ‘awrah properly, purifying the spot where we are going to pray, getting ready early and waiting for the prayer, and making the rows straight and solid, without any gaps, because the shayaateen come in through the gaps in the rows.

We will Continue to look at the means of developing kushoo’ in the forthcoming articles.

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