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[Transcript] Sweetness of Salah – Getting In The Zone : Farhan Abdul Azeez – Part 6

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Part  5 Transcript

“GEM SHEET FOR BUSY MUSLIMS”

11 Points to keep in mind to increase your Khushu:

1. Think about what you are doing
Salah is mandatory for us. Whatever we are doing we have to leave it and perform our prayers. If we are so weak that we can’t move even then we are supposed to pray with our eyes. So we need to think about the importance and significance of the act that we are about to perform.

2. Minimize Distractions
It is a basic point but an important one. Minimize distractions and do your important chores before you stand for Salah, as long as there is time left for prayer, so that your heart and mind are in the Salah and not elsewhere.

3. Going to Masjid
Prophet Mohammed (saw) said that shaitan attacks the believer just like the wolf attacks the lone sheep. So it is always better and preferred to pray in the Masjid. For men it is so but for women it is better if they pray at home.

  • Once a blind sahabah comes to Prophet Mohammed (saws) and says that is it required for him to come to the masjid for prayer because he is blind, then Prophet Mohammed (saw) says that no it is okay for you not to come. The Prophet Mohammed (saw) calls the person back and asks him if he can hear the Adhaan? The sahabah says yes, and then Prophet Mohammed (saw) said that since you can hear the Adhaan then based on that ability you should come to pray in the Masjid.
  • Prophet Mohammed (saw) says that for a person who makes Wudu at home and walks to the Masjid to perform a Farz prayer – every single step that the person takes is a sin forgiven and a rank raised. So whenever you can you should walk to the Masjid for prayer.
  • What if you are late for Salah? Especially if the imam is in ruku. Prophet Mohammed (saw) says donot rush for the prayer instead come with calm. Because for a person who is on the way to prayer it is as if he is in prayer, the reward for going for prayer is same as being in prayer, he says join the prayer from when you reach and make up for what you have missed.
  • If you are waiting for the prayer (ikamah) to begin then the reward for waiting is same as for being in prayer
  • The most rewarded position is right behind the imam, the first row in the masjid. But it has to reserve for those who have knowledge of the Quran. In case the Imam has to leave the person right behind him steps in and finishes the prayer and also can correct the imam if needed. Come for the first row for Salah.
  • Another note for if you come early for prayer, park your car further away, because you would be getting more steps. And for every step you take for prayer your one sin is forgiven and your rank is raised higher.

4. Join the Creation of Allah in Worship of Him
know that when you are praying, you are joining the creation of Allah (swt) in worshipping him. The sky gives a moan of pleasure because there is no place as the width of our palm where an angel is not prostrating

Allah (swt) says in the Quran that we have indeed beautified the ‘Samah-ud-duniya’ with the beauty of stars. ‘Samah-ud-duniya’ would be the 1st (lowest) sky, all the stars and galaxies that the humans have discovered are part of the ‘samah-ud-duniya’. Allah (swt) has said that as compared to the 2nd sky, the 1st sky is like a ring in the desert. Similarly the 2nd compared to 3rd is like a ring in the desert and so on. Similarly the 7th sky as compared to the kursi of Allah (swt) is like a ring in the desert. This is how vast and beautiful the creation of Allah (swt) is. And the Prophet Mohammed (saws) when he went on his journey, he witnessed all of this. Prophet Mohammed (saws) said that in all these skies there is no space as much as the palm of a hand where an angel is not in sajdah to Allah (swt).

So never feel alone, even if you are alone in this world, you are joining the ranks of angels in the skies and there are infinite number of angels.

5. The Earth will be a witness for You
When you pray, the earth on which you pray will be a witness for you. Allah (swt) has mentioned in Surah Dukhaan, that when the Pheroh and his people were destroyed by the sea then the skies and the earth did not weep for them nor were they given any remorse. So what does this mean- do the skies and earth weeps for someone? Yes! IbnAbbas says for every soul there is a gate in the skies through which his provisions are passed to him and through which his good deeds ascend. So when the believer dies, then this gate cries for the believer missing his good deeds.

6. Your Salah will be raised to Allah(swt) and Intercede on Your Behalf
When a person makes a good wudu and then makes a good Salah then Salah will tell this person may Allah (swt) preserve you as you have preserved me. And then the Salah will be raised to Allah (swt) until it reaches Allah (swt).

7. Imagine this is Your Last Prayer
Pray as if this is your last prayer. Prophet Mohammed (saws) said pray as if you are bidding farewell, as if this is your last prayer in your life. Millions of Muslims have died thinking that they will make it to the next prayer but they couldn’t, so prays as if it is your last prayer – with this realization you will do it completely different.

8. Know that You are talking to Allah(swt)
When do people cry in Salah most – in Dua part? When you are making Dua to Allah (swt) you feel like he his listening to you and you are talking to him -this realization causes tears!! Prophet Mohammed (saws) said that when you stand in prayer, imagine that you are talking to Allah (swt).

 9. Allah mentions You when You remember Him
Allah(swt) says establish the prayer that we have asked you to do as Salah keeps you away from evil and remembrance of Allah is greater and Allah(swt) knows. Remembrance of Allah (swt) is greater means that how Allah (swt) remembers you is greater than your remembrance of Him – Remember me and I remember you!!

10. Allah faces you when you Pray to Him
When you pray,Allah (swt) looks at you! but this is as long as the slave does not turn away from Him – not physically but from within your heart. If you start thinking about anything else then Allah (swt) looks away from you.

11. Get ready for the occasion – Wear nice clothes!
we realize that Allah (swt) is going to listen to us, is going to look at us, is going to mention us then how do we get ready for the occasion? When you stand before Allah (swt) wear your good clothes, be clean, smell good, brush your teeth and humble yourselves down before you stand before Allah (swt). Make sure to look your best when you stand before Allah (swt).

ORIGINAL TRANSCRIPT

11 points to keep in mind to increase your Khushu:

1) Think about what you are doing
Salah is mandatory for us. Whatever we are doing we have to leave it and we have to perform our prayers. If we are so weak that we can’t move even then we are supposed to pray with our eyes. So we need to think about the importance and significance of the act that we are about to perform.

2) Minimize Distractions
It is a basic point but an important one. Minimize distractions and do your important chores before you stand for Salah, as long as there is time left for prayer, so that your heart and mind are in the Salah and not elsewhere. For example: a person has to go to the bathroom but doesn’t want to do Wudu again, so he thinks that he will finish his Salah first. Or in case you are feeling hungry before your Isha prayer, it is advised that you have your dinner and then stand for Salah. This way in either cases the person’s mind would not be on going to the bathroom or his hunger instead he can concentrate on his Salah.

3) Going to Masjid
Prophet Mohammed (saw) said that shaitan attacks the believer just like the wolf attacks the lone sheep. So it is always better and preferred to pray in the Masjid. For men it is so but for women it is better if they pray at home. Infact some scholars say that if you live close enough to a masjid where you can hear the Adhaan then it is required for you to goto the Masjid to pray.

Once a blind sahabah comes to Prophet Mohammed (saws) and says that is it required for him to come to the masjid for prayer because he is blind, then Prophet Mohammed (saw) says that no it is okay for you not to come. The Prophet Mohammed (saw) calls the person back and asks him if he can hear the Adhaan? The sahabah says yes, and then Prophet Mohammed (saw) said that since you can hear the Adhaan then based on that ability you should come to pray in the Masjid.

a)      Prophet Mohammed (saw) says that for a person who makes Wudu at home and walks to the Masjid to perform a Farz prayer – every single step that the person takes is a sin forgiven and a rank raised. So whenever you can you should walk to the Masjid for prayer.
b)     What if you are late for Salah? Especially if the imam is in ruku. Prophet Mohammed (saw) says donot rush for the prayer instead come with calm. Because for a person who is on the way to prayer it is as if he is in prayer, the reward for going for prayer is same as being in prayer, he says join the prayer from when you reach and make up for what you have missed.When one of you is preceding to the prayer the reward is as if you are in prayer
c)      If you are waiting for the prayer (ikamah) to begin then the reward for waiting is same as for being in prayer
d)     Also at the time when you are waiting for the ikamah to begin, angels pray to Allah (swt) for you.
e)      The most rewarded position is right behind the imam, the first row in the masjid. But it has to reserve for those who have knowledge of the Quran. In case the Imam has to leave the person right behind him steps in and finishes the prayer and also can correct the imam if needed. Come for the first row for Salah. Try and come early so that you get a place in the first row.
f)       Another note for if you come early for prayer, park your car further away, because you would be getting more steps. And for every step you take for prayer your one sin is forgiven and your rank is raised higher. Also it is humble to park your car further away if you come early, so that the ones who come late can quickly park their car nearer so that they can join the Salah sooner.

4) Join the Creations of Allah in Worship of Him
Know that when you are praying, you are joining the creation of Allah (swt) in worshipping him. The sky gives a moan of pleasure because there is no place as the width of our palm where an angel is not prostrating.

Allah (swt) says in the Quran that we have indeed beautified the ‘Samah-ud-duniya’ with the beauty of stars. ‘Samah-ud-duniya’ would be the 1st (lowest) sky, all the stars and galaxies that the humans have discovered are part of the ‘samah-ud-duniya’. Allah (swt) has said that as compared to the 2nd sky, the 1st sky is like a ring in the desert. Similarly the 2nd compared to 3rd is like a ring in the desert and so on. Similarly the 7th sky as compared to the kursi of Allah (swt) is like a ring in the desert. This is how vast and beautiful the creation of Allah (swt) is. And the Prophet Mohammed (saws) when he went on his journey, he witnessed all of this. Prophet Mohammed (saws) said that in all these skies there is no space as much as the palm of a hand where an angel is not in sajdah to Allah (swt).

So never feel alone when you go for Salah. There are so many numbers of angels on all the skies that are worshipping Allah (swt). So never feel alone, even if you are alone in this world, you are joining the ranks of angels in the skies and there are infinite number of angels.

5) The Earth will be a witness for You
When you pray, the earth on which you pray will be a witness for you. Allah (swt) has mentioned in Surah Dukhaan, that when the Pheroh and his people were destroyed by the sea then the skies and the earth did not weep for them nor were they given any remorse. So what does this mean- do the skies and earth weeps for someone? Yes! IbnAbbas says for every soul there is a gate in the skies through which his provisions are passed to him and through which his good deeds ascend. So when the believer dies, then this gate cries for the believer missing his good deeds.

We all have reputations in the heaven in the skies. A believer is one who doesn’t care for his reputation in this world instead cares for his reputation in the heaven.

And the place of prayer on earth where this believer used to pray also weeps for the believer.  Now think about the prayers that you pray – is it with duty and humbleness or is it a lazy prayer?

6) Your Salah will be raised to Allah(swt) and Intercede on Your Behalf
When a person makes a good wudu and then makes a good Salah then Salah will tell this person may Allah (swt) preserve you as you have preserved me. And then the Salah will be raised to Allah (swt) until it reaches Allah (swt). And if the person does not make a good job of his Wudu and Salah then the Salah tells the person that you may be lost just like you lost me. And then it will go to Allah (swt) but it will have darkness and would not be able to ascend to Allah (swt).

7) Imagine this is Your Last Prayer
Pray as if this is your last prayer. Prophet Mohammed (saws) said pray as if you are bidding farewell, as if this is your last prayer in your life. Millions of Muslims have died thinking that they will make it to the next prayer but they couldn’t, so prays as if it is your last prayer – with this realization you will do it completely different.

8) Know that You are talking to Allah(swt)
When do people cry in Salah most – in Dua part? When you are making Dua to Allah (swt) you feel like he his listening to you and you are talking to him -this realization causes tears!! Prophet Mohammed (saws) said that when you stand in prayer, imagine that youare talking to Allah (swt). In every prayer we talk to Allah (swt), we should realize that. If we don’t feel that then our prayer becomes actions without feelings.

9)Allah mentions You when You remember Him
Also Allah (swt) mentions your name when you pray!!
Allah(swt) says establish the prayer that we have asked you to do as Salah keeps you away from evil and remembrance of Allah is greater and Allah(swt) knows. Remembrance of Allah (swt) is greater means that how Allah (swt) remembers you is greater than your remembrance of Him – Remember me and I remember you!! Imagine Allah (swt) is mentioning you by your name when you offer your Salah.

10) Allah faces you when you Pray to Him
When you pray, Allah (swt) looks at you! but this is as long as the slave does not turn away from Him – not physically but from within your heart. If you start thinking about anything else then Allah (swt) looks away from you. As long as you pray with your heart Allah (swt) looks at you and this is enough reason to make sure our concentrations does not wander off during Salah.

11) Get ready for the occasion – Wear nice clothes!
Now that we realize that Allah (swt) is going to listen to us, is going to look at us, is going to mention us then how do we get ready for the occasion?
You are standing before Allah (swt) badly dressed? Wear your good clothes when you go for Salah. When you stand before Allah (swt) wear your good clothes, be clean, smell good, brush your teeth and humble yourselves down before you stand before Allah (swt). Also wear something that covers yourselves up- especially men too, they should try to bemodest just like sisters try to be modest by wearing hijab. Don’t wear tight t-shirts or short t-shirtsand keep you shirts buttoned up and roll down your sleeves. Make sure to look your best when you stand before Allah (swt).

Transcribed by Rifat Wakeel ♦ To Read more about the Transcriber CLICK HERE
Edited and Drafted by Noorain Fathima  ♦ To Read more about the Editor and Drafter CLICK HERE

Prophet Muhammad - "Convey (knowledge) from me even if it is just one ayah" [Bukhari 3461]

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