: Jul 09, 2015

The Companion Hudhayfa (radyAllahu ‘anhu) said, “The first matter that shall be lost from the religion is khushū‘ in salāh, and the last will be the salāh [itse…

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The Companion Hudhayfa (radyAllahu ‘anhu) said, “The first matter that shall be lost from the religion is khushū‘ in salāh, and the last will be the salāh [itself].”

This should be a frightening prediction from this great Companion of the Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam). How many of us lack khushū‘ in our five daily prayers? For many of us, the moment we start the prayer, our minds immediately wander away to think about our worldly affairs. Hence, it is no surprise that the salāh for many of us has become a monotonous set of actions without any soul and sanctity.

The linguistic definition of khushū‘ is complete, internal silence that reflects humility. When you stand for prayer, clear your mind, try to achieve internal silence with your thoughts, and focus on your words, knowing that you are standing in front of your Creator and that He is listening and responding to your every word. Firmly believe that He will continue to respond to your every praise and plea until you turn away from Him first.

Realize that when you stand for prayer you are in a direct conversation with Allah, as the hadith reminds us: “When one of you stands up to pray, then know that he is having a private conversation (Arabic: yunaji) with His Lord, and that His Lord is between him and the qibla…” [Sahih Muslim]

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