We all get distracted during salah by worldly things, we always search for a way in which we would attain khushu in our salah. To have khushu in salah many things need to be taken into consideration. First I will give you an example, if you had a job interview in a big company, you would spend a whole week preparing yourself for it, you would practice your speech and the day of the meeting, you will be anxious and you would check the clothes which you would wear and you’ll reach there before time and make sure that you look good. If you didn’t prepare yourself this way, the meeting doesn’t go well, why is that because you didn’t give it importance.
In a similar way we should treat our prayers as a meeting with Allah the most merciful, pray each salah as if it’s your last one, don’t think of it as a task that you have to finish so that you can get back to work without feeling guilty, think about Salah as your meeting/appointment with Allah subhanhu wa taalaa, wear your best clothes, put perfume and reach the masjid or sit on our prayer mat before the adhan and remember Allah while waiting for the adhan, and read the duaa after the adhan and pray for ourselves and the ummah, this way by the time the prayer begins your heart have already started to be filled with submission to Allah and khushu.
Feel each word that you say during the salah, don’t recite the Quran quickly without feeling it’s meaning, read the Quran and feel what you’re saying and know that Allah is listening and is watching you even if you don’t see or hear him. Why do we read Surah Al-Fathia in our Salah? If you know the value of this Surah and how Allah responds to us when we read each ayah, your heart will tremble and the way you used to pray will change forever in shaa Allah.
The hadeeth showing the beauty of this surah:
It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever offers a prayer in which he does not recite Umm al-Kitaab (i.e., al-Faatihah), it is defective” – and he said it three times. It was said to Abu Hurayrah, (What if) we are behind the imam? He said, Recite it to yourself, for I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say, “Allah said: I have divided prayer between Myself and My slave into two halves, and My slave shall have what he has asked for. When the slave says: Al-hamdu lillahi rabbi l-alamin (All the praises and thanks be to Allaah, the Lord of the ‘Aalameen (mankind, jinn and all that exists), Allah says: My slave has praised Me.
And when he says: Ar-Rahmaan ir-Raheem (The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful), Allah (mighty and sublime be He) says: My slave has extolled Me
and when he says: Maaliki yawm id-deen (The Only Owner (and the Only Ruling Judge) of the Day of Recompense (i.e. the Day of Resurrection)), Allah says: My slave has glorified Me – and on one occasion He said: My slave has submitted to My power.
And when he says: Iyyaaka na’budu wa iyyaaka nasta’een (You (Alone) we worship, and You (Alone) we ask for help (for each and everything)), He says: This is between Me and My slave, and My slave shall have what he is asking for.
And when he says: Ihdina’s-siraata’l- mustaqeem, siraat alladheena an’amta alayhim ghayril-maghdoobi alayhim wa la’ d-daalleen (Guide us to the Straight Way. The way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your Anger, nor of those who went astray),He says: This is for My slave, and My slave shall have what he has asked for.”
(Narrated by Muslim)
So when you read each ayah take a gap so that you can feel the response of Allah to each ayah even though you don’t hear him but try to feel it in your heart. Salah is our personal appointment with Allah, we get to talk with him and tell him everything we feel during sujood, its us having a conversation with Allah ❤❤ how honorable is that? We are given 5 appointments every single day to tell Allah all of our problems and he is ready to solve them when it’s the right time of course.
Allah have stated in his holy Quran:
أَلَمْ يَأْنِ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَن تَخْشَعَ قُلُوبُهُمْ لِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ وَمَا نَزَلَ مِنَ الْحَقِّ وَلَا يَكُونُوا كَالَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ مِن قَبْلُ فَطَالَ عَلَيْهِمُ الْأَمَدُ فَقَسَتْ قُلُوبُهُمْ ۖ وَكَثِيرٌ مِّنْهُمْ فَاسِقُونَ (16) سورة الحديد
(16) Has the time not come for those who have believed that their hearts should become humbly submissive at the remembrance of Allah and what has come down of the truth? And let them not be like those who were given the Scripture before, and a long period passed over them, so their hearts hardened; and many of them are defiantly disobedient. Surah Al-Hadid
Allah have also talked about the believers who are successful in Surah Al-Muminoon in these verses:
قَدْ أَفْلَحَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ (1) الَّذِينَ هُمْ فِي صَلَاتِهِمْ خَاشِعُونَ (2) وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ عَنِ اللَّغْوِ مُعْرِضُونَ (3) وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِلزَّكَاةِ فَاعِلُونَ (4) وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِفُرُوجِهِمْ حَافِظُونَ (5) سورة المؤمنون(1) Certainly will the believers have succeeded (2) They who are during their prayer humbly submissive (3) And they who turn away from ill speech (4) And they who are observant of zakah (5) And they who guard their private parts.
May Allah guide us all to the straight path and make his pleasure our one and only intention when we do any kind of good deed Ameen Yarab❤