Coming Home: Khushoo’
What Is Khushoo?
Khushoo’ is the state of the heart when it stands before its Lord in full submission, humility, and intense concentration; it also represents the tenderness of the heart, as well as its tranquility, humbleness, and love for Allah (SWT).
Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said,
“The khushoo’ of true faith is when the heart feels aware and humble before the greatness and glory of Allah, and is filled with awe, fear, and shyness so that the heart is utterly humbled before Allah and broken, as it were, with fear, shyness, love and the recognition of the blessings of Allah and its own sins. So no doubt the khushoo’ of the heart is followed by the khushoo’ of the body”. (Al-Rooh, p. 314)
What Does The Prophet Say?
How Do We Attain It?
To feel a connection with our Lord we must first make space for Him. We can do this by preparing early for our prayers. Proper wudu, making sure our space is clean, and recitation of the call to prayer with time to spare, is an excellent start.
We can make space for our connection with Allah (SWT) by removing any physical distractions from our view or senses. Turn your phone on silent, remove anything that does not have to do with your prayer out of sight and out of mind.
Out of mind means that we must also take a moment to make space for Allah (SWT) by removing thoughts that are unrelated to our worship. This can be difficult for some of us especially when we have a busy day or week ahead of us. A great way to clear your mind is breathwork and simple mediation techniques.
Before your next prayer try this. Breath in for 5 counts, hold for 5 counts, breath out for 5 counts, and repeat. Notice your heart, body, and mind reach a calm state, make your intention to connect with the True One, and then stand up and begin salat. If you notice thoughts come into your mind that are not related to Allah (SWT) then acknowledge them and think you will address these after your prayer is complete.
Most importantly, beyond all the practicalities, the key to khushoo’ is the state of our hearts.
From the humbling of the heart to the knowledge of the unseen, we are aware that Allah sees everything, and we submit ourselves before him in awe.
No matter what stage you are at with your prayer, whether it is just beginning to learn the movements or memorizing longer surah or perfecting the Sunnah prayers, know that Allah (SWT) is with you in each moment. Connection with Him is vital and is possible at any stage. Just do your best and let Allah (SWT) do that rest, for He is with you wherever you are.