In our previous article, we began this series on Khushu’ and we briefly mentioned the importance of praying correctly to ensure we gain khushu.
Ibn Al Qayyim said, “sincere khushu is the humbleness and submission of the heart to Allah by glorifying, revering, and fearing Him. One’s heart then succumbs to Allah, out of fear, humility, love, and remembrance of His Grace towards it. As a result, the heat attains sincere khushu and the limbs as well.”
The majority of scholars have concluded that Khushu in prayer is obligatory, and being negligent in this regard lessens the reward of the prayer.
‘Ammar ibn Yasir said: I heard the apostle of Allah (ﷺ) say: A man returns after saying his prayer while a tenth part of his prayer, or a ninth part, or an eight part, or a seventh part, or a sixth part, or a fifth part, or a third part, or half of it, is recorded for him. (Abu Dawud, Hasan)
Lack of khushu entails deficiency in the prayer, hence it is imperative that we learn those matters that will helps us to attain tranquillity, humility, submissiveness, fear, love and reverence in our Salah.
Moving on, what rewards does Khushu bring?
- The prayer becomes easy: As Allah has said, “And seek help in patience and prayer, and truly it is extremely heavy and hard except for those who are Kha’shi’oon (i.e. have Khushu’).” (Al-Baqarah 2:45) Thus, when one has Khushu, salah becomes their joy, their break time; it becomes a relaxing and spiritually uplifting experience, such that one years for prayer.
- With Khushu one also gains success: Allah Himself says, (the translation of which is),
“Successful indeed are the believers, those who offer their prayers with Khushu”. (Al-Mu’minoon, 23:1-2) A quality of the believers, is that they have Khushu in their prayers, they have tranquillity, they have humility…
Ali bin Abi Talhah reported that Ibn Abbas said: “(Khashi`un) means those with fear and with tranquillity.” This was also narrated from Mujahid, Al-Hasan, Qatadah and Az-Zuhri. It was reported from Ali bin Abi Talib, may Allah be pleased with him, that Khushu` means the Khushu of the heart. This was also the view of Ibrahim An-Nakha`i. Al-Hasan Al-Basri said, “Their Khushu was in their hearts.” (Tafseer Ibn Kathir)
- The likelihood of your duaa being accepted increases: Because the Prophet peace be upon him said, “…Allah will not answer a duaa that comes from a negligent and heedless heart.” (Tirmidhi, hasan by Shaykh Al-Albaani) So by focusing in your prayer, and focusing on your athkaar and ad’iyah, the likelihood of their being accepted increases.
- Forgiveness: The Prophet peace and blessings be upon him said, “He who performs ablution like this ablution of mine and then offered two rakhahs of prayer without allowing his thoughts to be distracted, Allah will pardon all his past sins.” (Abu Dawud, Sahih)
In Another narration he said, “Allah, the Exalted, has made five prayers obligatory. If anyone performs ablution for them well, offers them at their (right) time, and observes perfectly their bowing and submissiveness in them, it is the guarantee of Allah that He will pardon him; if anyone does not do so, there is no guarantee for him on the part of Allah; He may pardon him if He wills, and punish him if He wills.” (Abu Dawud, Sahih)
Do we need any more incentive to take on the challenge of Khushu? Let us begin this journey now.