Now, dear readers, we will begin studying a new book, Developing Khushu in the Prayer, by Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid.
Prayer is the greatest of the practical pillars of Islam, and khushu, or humility, is the heart of the prayer. Khushu in the prayer is of such importance that it is made a requirement by the shari’ah. When Iblis, the enemey of Allah vowed to mislead and tempt the sons of Adam, he said:
“Then I will come to them from before them and behind them, from their right and from their left…” (Surah al-A’raf 7:17)
One of shaitan’s most significant plots is to divert the people from the prayer by all possible means. Those who do pray are subjected to his whispers so as to deprive them of the joy of this worship and to cause them to lose the reward for it.
Indeed khushu will be the first thing to disappear from the earth in these last times that we are living in. The great companion Hudhayfah, may Allah be pleased with him, said:
“The first thing of your religion that you will lose is the khushu and the last thing that you will lose of your religion is the prayer. There may be a person praying who has no goodness in him, and soon you will enter the masjid and not find anyone who has khushu.” (Recorded in al-Madarij 1/521)
Everyone of us has experiences of waswas (insinuating whispers from shaitan) during the prayer and has experienced a loss of khushu, and it is for this reason that we will study this book in detail inshaAllah. As Allah tells us:
“Successful indeed are the believers, those who offer their salah (prayers) with all solemnity and full submissiveness.” (Surah al-Mu’minun 23:1-2)