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Attain Khushoo In Salaah This Ramadan

Ramadan is a month that comes bearing all sorts of gifts: the gift of mercy, salvation, blessings, and forgiveness. The offerings are there; all that is needed is for Muslims to reach out and take the opportunity.

The month of Ramadan is particularly active for Muslim Aid as we are very much involved in local events and activities as part of our effort to serve the Muslim community here in the UK. In accordance with that, Muslim Aid is proud to reinvigorate Muslims, both spiritually and mentally.

Khushoo In Salaah 

This Ramadan, Muslim Aid would like you to attain Khushoo in Salaah.

What is Khushoo? Khushoo in prayer happens when a person empties his heart for prayer and focuses on the prayer alone, excluding everything else and preferring it to everything else. Only when someone attains Khushoo can they truly enjoy their Salaah.

The concept of Salaah is one of great importance in Islam. There are multiple instances in the Holy Qur’an that instruct Muslims to perform Salaah and pay Zakat. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) himself said:

“The first matter that the person will be brought to account for on the Day of Judgement is the Prayer. If it is sound, then the rest of his deeds will be sound. And if it’s incomplete, the rest of his deeds will be incomplete.”

Salaah is a compulsory commandment from Allah (SWT), but this commandment also comes with other benefits, as mentioned in the Qur’an.

“Verily, the prayer keeps one from great sins and evil deeds.” (Qur’an 29:45)

It is imperative that Muslims engage in Salaah more actively and make it a part of their daily routine. Understandably, praying five times a day with complete concentration might be difficult for some people to accomplish. Still, as long as they make an effort to pray, it will be beneficial for them, both in this world and the world hereafter. Detailed below are just some of the ways in which Muslims can achieve Khushoo in Salaah.

Pray For Concentration

One thing that stands in the way of Muslims achieving Khushoo in Salaah is their inability to concentrate on it, impacting the quality of their prayers. To overcome any difficulties, Muslims must first seek assistance from Allah (SWT). One should pray to Him and ask that He removes all distractions from one’s mind, as this will bring one closer to establishing Salaah with a full heart. 

Quieten Your Mind Ahead Of Salaah

To completely engage with Salaah, one must disengage oneself from activities that could cause distractions during prayer. Whether you’re watching a film or doing your work, you should take a moment of quiet ahead of Salaah so that your mind isn’t elsewhere during the prayers. 

Understand Salaah

It can be easy to lose concentration during Salaah if you’re not actually sure about what you’re reciting. As a result, one should make a conscious effort to understand the Qur’an and the Arabic language to minimise any feelings of disconnect. When you understand what you’re saying, your mind is more focused on the prayer. 

Find A Quiet Place

Regardless of what you’re doing, noise causes distractions. Therefore, for something as important as Salaah, you should find a quiet place so you can wholly immerse yourself in the prayer. 

Recite Out Loud

When speaking aloud, your mind becomes more focused. Consequently, one should recite Salaah out loud as much as possible, as this is the best way to assure one’s engagement with the words. 

Don’t View Salaah As A Chore

Finally, if you’re reluctant to pray in the first place, you’ll find that you’re setting yourself up to be disconnected from the prayer. If you treat Salaah as a chore, your mind won’t be present, and you won’t be able to achieve Khushoo. All Muslims should treat every Salaah as if it’s their last and as a conversation between them and Allah (SWT). After all, Salaah is the first deed that will be examined on the day of judgement, and a half-hearted attempt won’t allow you to fare well. Ultimately, Khushoo is the essence of Salaah, and every Muslim should perform Salaah with the utmost concentration. 

Bring Yourself Closer To Allah With Muslim Aid

Salaah isn’t the only thing that Muslims should be performing to strengthen their bond with Allah (SWT). It’s also important to give generously to charity to aid those in need across the globe. Muslim Aid accepts your donations here. 

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