What’s the best way to begin this series?
With the words of Allah!
These ayahs provide us with clear guidance about salah. We are advised to take care of our daily prayers, perform them in the best way, with devotion, and in a humble manner.
Definition of Khushu
Before we head into the tips, let’s look at the word ‘khushu’ or ‘khushoo’.
Sister Nabila explains the term beautifully and goes further in her article by using an analogy of handing in an assignment.
You’ve just finished praying and kick yourself for not achieving more khushu, focus or mindfulness. For letting your thoughts wander in and out of your connection with Allah. What can you do?
Tip #1 to Improve Khushu In Salah is broken up into 4 parts; the main being Make Dua. You can make dua in any language you want. Be as honest and as needy as possible. Even more powerful, go into sujood to apologise and make dua.
Here is a heartwarming hadith about an Arabic dua we can all learn. Heartwarming because that’s exactly what happened when I imagined our Prophet Muhammad -saw- holding a sahaba’s hand, saying he loves them & giving them advice. ?
Full Hadith Source Here
Here’s the dua in Arabic:
I also found another dua in several places on the internet:
“Allaahumma innee a’oodhu bika min qalbin laa yakhsha’…
(O Allaah, I seek refuge with You from a heart that has no khushoo’…).”
(Reported by al-Tirmidhi, 5/485, no. 3482; Saheeh Sunan al-Tirmidhi, 2769).
33 Sababun Lil-Khushoo’ Fi Salaah
33 Ways of developing Khushoo’ in Salaah
Book by Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
Cited in https://muslimconverts.com/prayer/khushoo.htm
So you’ve made dua to Allah to help you improve your khushu (tip #1). Now it’s time to show Allah that you’re taking action. That you’re trying to put your worship, your purpose, as your main goal of the day. Everything else will be planned around salah times.
Do you know the timings?
Where will you be when you’re called to prayer?
Will you be at home or somewhere else? Where will you do wudu, where will you pray?
Plan ahead so that you’re not squeezing salah into a few minutes. Allow enough time to meet with your Lord.
You hear the adhaan or beep on your phone. Or you see a notification. (Tip #3) Appreciate The Adhaan.
An athlete has a higher chance of success if he/she puts in hours of training rather than just turning up to the track expecting to win gold right? We are Allah’s athletes. We need to train too. Treat the moment of the adhaan/beep/notification as the beginning of your warm-up session: it is preparing you for the main event.
If you’re at home, I highly recommend having the adhaan play out loud in full:
1. Shaitan runs away at that moment
2. Listening to the adhaan and repeating the words carries rewards for us
3. You have the opportunity to make dua after hearing the adhaan
Athan app by Islamic Finder