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KHUSHU


Khushu is the utmost thing required for Salah in a Muslim’s life. The basic meaning of khushu’ is the softness of the heart, its being gentle, still, submissive, broken, and yearning.

 

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Linguistic meaning

Humbleness (khushu’) literally means fearing, obeying, being modest and submissiveness.

 

Islamic meaning

In Islamic terminology, humbleness is presented as both a function of heart such as fearing, forbearing, submitting and also as a function of organs such as being in silence and motionless. In this sense, humbleness is a dual interaction, the essence of which is in the heart and the reflection of which is on the body.

 

Qur’an

In the Quranic ayath which is translated as “On that Day will they follow the Caller (straight): no crookedness (can they show) him: all sounds shall humble themselves in the Presence of (Allah سبحانه و تعالى) Most Gracious: nothing shalt thou hear but the tramp of their feet (as they march).” (Qur’an.Surah Taha 20:108) people’s fearing, bowing, silence in front of Allah’s سبحانه و تعالىgreatness is explained with the word “humbleness”.

 

In other Quranic ayath which is translated as “Has not the Time arrived for the Believers that their hearts in all humbleness should engage in the remembrance of Allah سبحانه و تعالى and of the Truth which has been revealed (to them)(Qur’an.Surah Hadid 57:16), the concept of humbleness is presented directly as a function of the heart.

 

Hadith

Ali رضي الله عنه narrates: The Prophet Muhammad used to recite the following supplication in ruku’ (bowing position) of the prayer: “My Allahسبحانه و تعالى! I have bowed for You, I have believed in You, I have submitted to You. My ears, eyes, mind, bones and veins humble themselves to You.(Sahih Muslim, Musafirin, 201.)

 

The Messenger of Allah said, “Of a 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.”

 

When the heart is humble, so too is the hearing, seeing, head, and face; indeed all the limbs and their actions are humbled, even speech. This is why the Prophet Muhammad would say in his bowing (ruku’), “My hearing, sight, bones, and marrow are humbled to You,” another narration has, “and whatever my foot carries.”

 

The Spirit of Prayer is Humbleness

A prayer performed in humbleness is presented as the key to Heaven in the Quran. We can see this meaning in the Quranic ayath which is translated as “The believers must (eventually) win through, those who humble themselves in their prayers(Qur’an.Surah Muminoon 23:1-2).

On the other hand, it is a fact that many Muslims may experience a humanly state of heedlessness and may not be humble all the time although they always perform their prayers sincerely and they want to do so. In this sense, it is necessary to make a correct diagnosis of this incurable illness.

 

The Rewards

1. "Successful indeed are the Mu-mineen, those who humble themselves in their prayer."Qur'an.Surah Al-Mumenoon 23:1-2.

 

2.The right to enter Al-Jannah through Baab As-Salah - The door of Prayer.

 

3. Khushoo' will provide you relaxation and will become 'pleasing to the eye'. You will experience tranquillity and calmness. "Truly man was created very impatient. Fretful when evil touches him. And niggardly when good reaches him. Not so those devoted to prayer. Those who remain steadfast in their prayer." Qur'an.Surah Al-Maarij 70:19-23.

 

4.It will become a source of strength and power and will serve as a protection from Shaytan and provide you with stability. Allah سبحانه و تعالى, says: "Seek help through Sabr (patience) and Salah."Qur'an.Surah Al-Baqra 2:45.

 

This is evident in the following Hadith: "He , when saddened by a thing, would seek refuge in prayer."Related by Ahmad and Abu Dawud

 

Whenever you are in need or trouble - pray!

 

5. Help's one's conscience and purifies and perfects other deeds. Indeed all of our actions, word and deed, are affected by our Salah. And, Subhan Allah, it works in two very simple ways. Submit more in Salah and you'll submit in other deeds...and vice versa!!!

 

"The first thing that the servant will be called to account for on the Day of Judgment will be Salah. If it is good, his deeds will have been good. If it is bad, his deed will have been bad."Related by Al-Tabarani

 

6. Perfects one's morals, manners, character and attitude. This is known as Husnul Khuluq. "Verily Salah restrains from indecency and evil deeds" Qur'an.Surah Al-Ankaboot 29:45.

 

"There is nothing that weighs heavier upon the scale of a believer on the Day of Judgement as does Husnul Khuluq." Related byAl-Tabarani

 

7. Establishes for you a closeness to the Prophet , on the Day of Judgement. The Prophet , said: "Verily the most beloved of you to me and the nearest to me on the Day of Judgement are those with the best manners." Al-Tabarani

 

Rabe'ah bin Ka'ab said: "I was with the Messenger of Allah one night, and I brought him water and what he required. He said to me: Ask (anything you like). I said: I ask your company in paradise. He (The Prophet ) said: "Anything other than that?" I said: "That is all." He said: "Then help me to achieve this for you by devoting yourself often to prostration." Sahih Al-Muslim H:990.

 

8. Brings you close to Allah سبحانه و تعالى.

 

"Sujood is the closest you can come to Allah سبحانه و تعالى." Related by Sahih Muslim

 

9. The falling of sins from your body. The Prophet said: "Verily when a Muslim performs Wudu properly, and then observes Salah five times a day, his sins fall off just as these leaves have fallen off.

 

He then recited the following ayath: And establish regular prayers at the two ends of the day and at the approaches of the night; for those things which are good removes those things which are evil. That is a reminder for the mindful." Qur'an.Surah Hud 11:114.

 

10. The Love of and from Allah سبحانه و تعالى. This is the highest of rewards.

 

"My servant does not draw near Me with anything more loved by Me than the religious duties I have imposed upon him, and my servant continues to draw near Me with voluntary works so that I shall love him. When I love him I am his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes, and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask (something) of Me, I would surely give it to him; and were he to ask Me for refuge, I would surely grant it to him." Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol: 8:509.

 

References

http://www.missionislam.com/knowledge/submissiveness.htm

 

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