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« on: May 09, 2009 03:10 PM »



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Warding off distractions in prayer

ALLAH has specified the qualities of successful believers who will
inherit the Highest Paradise, Jannah Al-Firdous, in the Qur'an. One of
them is Khushoo'.

"Successful indeed are the believers. Those who offer their Salat
(prayers) with all solemnity and full submissiveness (Khushoo')."
(Qur'an, 23:1,2)

The term 'Salah', is derived from the root word 'Silh' which means
connection i.e. the connection between us and Allah.

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "When anyone of you
stands for prayer, he is conversing with his Rabb, so let him pay
attention to how he speaks to Him." (Al-Hakim, Al Mustadrak, 1/236;
Sahih Al-Jami' no.1538)

Consider three types of houses:

- A king's house: filled with treasures, but with guards on all four
corners.

- A haunted house, which is very dark.

- A common man's house: filled with his savings and treasure.

Now, if a thief comes to steal from one of the three houses which one
will he choose? Obviously, the house of the common man because it has
something of value and is not guarded.

This is the example of our hearts. The first is similar to the hearts of
prophets i.e. well-guarded, the second is the heart of those who don't
believe in Allah as He deserves, and the third is similar to the heart
of common believer like you and me. This is why Shaitan attacks our
hearts and that's why we sometimes find ourselves praying with Khushoo'
and sometimes not.

Solution

The Prophet (peace be upon him) has asked us to seek refuge in Allah
from Satan.

Abul Aas once asked, "O Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), the
Shaitan interrupts me when I pray, and I get confused in my recitation."
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "That is Shaitan (whose name) is
Khanzab. If you sense his presence, seek refuge with Allah from him
(i.e. say A'oodhu billaahi min-ash-Shaitaan- ir-rajeem) , and spit (dry
spitting) towards your left three times." Abul Aas said: "I did that and
Allah took him away from me."(Sahih Muslim, no. 2203)

Apart from this, try to prepare for Salah in advance. Have Wudhu before
the Adhan. Answer the Adhan and say the Du'a the Prophet (peace be upon
him) taught us to say after hearing the Adhan. Go to the mosque in
advance. Avoid unnecessary talk before prayer, instead try to be busy
with Tasbeeh and Istighfar. When you're praying at home, recite
different Surahs and not just the smallest ones you keep repeating all
the time.

And most importantly think about the greatness of Who you are going to
stand in front of in prayer.

Narrated AbuHurayrah:
The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to say: "O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from four things: Knowledge which does not profit, a heart which is not submissive, a soul which has an insatiable appetite, and a supplication which is not heard."
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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2009 04:18 PM »

 walaikumsalaam and  jazakallahukhairan for sharing this dear Sister Hajra . .  . .this is something I have been wanting to read about for some time and this provided a great answer.

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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2009 04:39 PM »

Wa iyyakum barakallah feek brother

Narrated AbuHurayrah:
The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to say: "O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from four things: Knowledge which does not profit, a heart which is not submissive, a soul which has an insatiable appetite, and a supplication which is not heard."
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