Narrated ‘Aisha (radhiAllaahu 'anha):

I asked Allah’s Apostle (ﷺ) about looking hither and thither in prayer. He replied, “It is a way of stealing by which Satan takes away (a portion) from the prayer of a person.”

—  [Sahih Bukhari Vol. 1, no. 718]
Everything you say or allow into your eyes or ears becomes data that is stored in your heart. That data is later replayed during your prayer. If you want to know what is filling your heart, look at what you think about in your prayer. If you want to guard your heart, guard your eyes, ears, and tongue.

Yasmin Mogahed

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Salam Wa Alykum, my Sister in Islam, I would first like say I have fallen in love with you for the sake of Allah Mashaha'Allah your tumbler is very beneficial and has left me with both tears and laughter, the tears over my past sins and laughter in the hope of Allah's mercy. I am a born Muslimah but only began practising the deen when I was 20, I pray on time and read the Qur'an daily but yet feel no khosho in my prayer and find my mind drifts into a constant day dream, Please can you Advice me

Walaikum Assalaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu my dear sister in Islam,

I hope you’re well and in an excellent state of iman Inshaa’ Allah.

Foremost, JazakiAllaah khair for your generous words and may for Whose sake you love me love you too! I can only hope the blog continues to benefit you and that we are all able to implement the beautiful reminders, by the permission of Allah. 

I believe at some point every individual has had difficulty in attaining Khushu’ (devotion/concentration) in Salah. It’s something that takes time to develop and is an aspect of our prayers we should seek to improve upon and perfect. To begin, we should define the state we are striving to achieve and this is beautifully explained in the excerpt linked below on the levels of performance in prayer from the book Al Wabil As Sayyib by Ibn Al Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him):

The level each and every one of us should attempt to reach is the Fourth and ultimately Fifth. To quote Ibn Al Qayyim (rahimahullaah):

The Fourth: The one who stands for the prayer, completes and perfects its due rights, its essential pillars, performs it within its specified limits and his heart becomes engrossed in safeguarding its rights and specified limits, so that nothing is wasted from it. His whole concern is directed towards its establishment, its completion and its perfection, as it should be. His heart is immersed in the prayer and in enslavement to his Lord the Exalted.

The Fifth: The one who stands for the prayer like the one mentioned above. However, on top of this, he has taken and placed his heart in front of his Lord (عز وجل), looking towards Him with his heart with anticipation, (his heart) filled with His love and His might, as if he sees and witnesses Allah. The whisperings, thoughts and ideas have vanished and the coverings which are between him and his Lord are raised. What is between this person and others with respect to the prayer, is superior and greater than what is between the heavens and the earth. This person is busy with his Lord (عز وجل), delighted with Him.

The first type will be punished, the second type will be held to account, the third will have his sins and shortcomings expiated, the fourth will be rewarded and the fifth will be close to his Lord, because he will receive the portion of the one who makes his prayer the delight and pleasure of his eye. Whoever makes his prayer, the delight and pleasure of his eye, will have the nearness to his Lord (عز وجل) made the delight and pleasure of his eye in the hereafter. He will also be made a pleasure to the eye in this world since whoever makes Allah the pleasure of his eye in this world, every other eye will become delighted and pleased with him.

In order to achieve this blessed state, we should keep in mind that we’re in a conversation with our Lord throughout Salah. Shaykh Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah) stated:

“When one enters the prayer, he should feel as though he has entered into the realm of His Lord and is having a conversation with Him.”

As narrated in a Hadith by Imam Muslim and in An Nasa’i, the Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi) mentioned the manner by which Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala responds to His servant as he recites Surah Al Fatiha.

Allah said, “I have divided the prayer between Myself and My servant into two halves, a half for Me and a half for My servant. My servant shall have what he asked for.”

If he says,

[الْحَمْدُ للَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَـلَمِينَ]

(All praise and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of existence.)

Allah says, ‘My servant has praised Me.’

When the servant says,

[الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ]

(The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.)

Allah says, ‘My servant has glorified Me.’

When he says,

[مَـلِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ]

(The Owner of the Day of Recompense.)

Allah says, ‘My servant has glorified Me,’ or ‘My servant has related all matters to Me.’

When he says,

[إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ]

(You (alone) we worship, and You (alone) we ask for help.)

Allah says, ‘This is between Me and My servant, and My servant shall acquire what he sought.’

When he says,

[اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ - صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ الضَّآلِّينَ]

(Guide us to the straight path. The way of those on whom You have granted Your grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your anger, nor of those who went astray),

Allah says, ‘This is for My servant, and My servant shall acquire what he asked for.’).”

[These are the words of An-Nasa’i, while both Muslim and An-Nasa’i collected following wording, “A half of it is for Me and a half for My servant, and My servant shall acquire what he asked for.”]

In addition, it’s important to remember the etiquette of Salah. We should renew our intentions, perform our ablution (Wudhu) in the best of manners, and pray in a place where we know we will not be disturbed and at the correct (earliest and best) time. Know the believers are Shaytan’s favorite target, so if you find yourself daydreaming/diverting your attention from Salah then it is important to seek refuge in Allah from Shaytan, as his aim is to distract and completely dissuade us from the worship of Allah.

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“When the call to prayer is made, Shaytaan flees on his heels and passes wind with noise during his flight so that he does not hear the adhaan.  When the adhaan is completed he comes back. When the iqaamah is pronounced he takes to his heels again until it is completed. Then he returns again and whispers into the heart of the person and says to him: ‘Remember this and remember that’. So the person remembers those things which were not in his mind before the prayer began and as a result, he forgets how much he has prayed”.

 [Sahih Bukhari Vol. 1, Hadith no. 582]

Pray your Salah as if it is the last prayer you’re performing. In the Musnad of Imam Ahmad there is a Hadith related by Abu Ayyoob Al Ansari (radhiAllahu ‘anhu) in which he says:

“A man came to the Prophet salla Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and said, ‘Oh Messenger of Allaah, give me advice and summarize it.’

The Prophet  (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “When you stand in prayer, pray the prayer of the departing one, and do not say anything that you may have to apologize for in the future, and despair in what other people have.’”

[Collected by Ahmad no. 23498, Ibn Maajah no. 4171, refer to Saheehah of Shaykh Al Albani no. 401]

The Salaf often reiterated the above advice, as the Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) encouraged the remembrance of death so we may realize how temporary our lives in this dunya are. There is a beneficial explanation of the Hadith above by Shaykh Abdur Rahman As Sa’di (rahimahullaah) here

The final advice I would like to give in concern to attaining Khushu’ in Salah is knowing and understanding the meanings of what one recites. Knowledge of the meanings of what is being recited enables one to reflect upon the words of Allah and those in praise of Him, and allows one to better focus on the prayer.

I apologize for the lengthy response but I sincerely hope the advice helps. I also recommend reading the scholarly articles below.

  1. Suffering from the Whisper of Shaytan by Shaykh Uthaymeen
  2. Humility in Prayer by Imam Ibn Rajab Al Hanbali
  3. The Prayer of the Lovers [from Path to Guidance by Ibn Al Qayyim]
  4. The Obstalces to Khushu, Virtues of Prayer at Home & In the Mosque

May Allah increase you in good and knowledge, and enable you to attain Khushu’ in your Salah, Ameen.

An observation on khushu'

I took a short nap before asr but I ended up sleeping a bit longer than expected so I didnt have time to pray sunnah before salah. And I noticed a massive difference in the khushu’ of my salah. And I think this was because I spent less time in preparation of it. Doing dhikr and praying the sunnah prayers really increases the khusu’ you have in your salah. Another thing ive noticed is making wudu with less water (wasting less water) also improves your khusu’

So the lesson learnt is that salah is not something which can just be done, it requires preparation if you want to get the most of it

If a person had a stream outside his door
and he bathed in it five times a day,
do you think he would have any filth left on him?“
The people said,
“No filth would remain on him whatsoever.”
The Prophet (peace be upon him) then said,
“That is like the five daily prayers:
Allah wipes away the sins by them.”
[Sahih al Bukhari, Muslim]
One of the Saliheen was asked how he kept
his khushu’ in prayer (concentration & humbleness etc)
He said, ‘I imagine that Allah is before me,
that the Angel of Death is at my back,
that the gardens of Jannah are to my right,
that the fires of Jahannum are on my left
and that I am standing on the Sirat’

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The Morals of the Believing Men and Women

Morals Of The Believing Men And Women

Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Bāz [رحمه الله] said:

“These are some of the morals and characteristics of the believing men and women. They help, protect, and support one another. They do not envy, cheat, betray, insult, or call each other by offensive nicknames. They do not slander or do anything that may hurt or cause feuds, enmity, and division; instead they love and advise and exhort one another to do good for the sake of Allaah. They, therefore, enjoin the good and forbid the evil amongst them. Such is the behavior of the believing men and women.

With these manners societies prosper and affairs are straightened. In addition to this, the believers perform Salaah [Prayer] as prescribed by Allaah, in a state of tranquillity, Khushu’ [the heart being attuned to the act of worship], and devotion; in its due times; and fulfilling its conditions, pillars, and obligations. They perform it as Allaah has prescribed, each in its due time.”

[Fatwas of Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Bāz, (4/108) | Translated By Alifta (dot) com]

Ramadan is here. Let’s not pass these texts and what seems like chain mail around without truly feeling what they are saying.
رمضان كرىم
And if you’re relationship with Allah swt is strong already, now is your chance to make it even stronger.
And if you’re relationship with Allah swt could use a lot of work, now’s you’re chance to solidify it. This could be your last Ramadan. Don’t give up. Even if it takes you until the last week of Ramadan to feel Khushu’ in just one rak'ah of your Salah. Never give up. I pray that Allah swt accepts our efforts and grants us his mercy this month

“Forgiveness falls like rain on our hands”

“Their eyes will be cast down, ignominy will cover them; they used to be called to prostrate (offer prayers), while they were healthy and good (in the life of the world, but they did not).”

(Quran 68:43)

“Every matter has its own soul.
The prayer is the body and the khushu’ is its soul.
When the soul is not present, you will feel lonely during prayer.
We want the soul to stay with the body.”

-Mishary al-Kharaz