Last Updated on Friday, 17 September 2010 21:34 Written by Mulla Mujahidali Sheriff Friday, 17 September 2010 21:13
Al-Khushooâ€™ in Arabic means â€˜to become submissiveâ€™ or â€˜to display humilityâ€™ or â€˜to be moved and touchedâ€™. In Quran, we have been instructed to exhibit submissiveness and highest degree of humility when reciting the Book of Allah (SWT).
â€œIs it not time yet for those who have faith that their hearts should be humbled for Allahâ€™s remembrance and to the truth which has come down (to them), and not to be like those who were given the book before? Time took its toll on them and so their hearts were hardened and many of them are transgressorsâ€. (57:16)
Some of the ways of expressing Al-Khushooâ€™ are as following:
To realize that Quran consists the words of Allah (SWT).
If a recitor realizes this, he will automatically give the Quran its due regard and recite it in a manner as though Allah (SWT) is communicating with him directly therein.
The Holy Prophet (saww) was asked, â€œWho is the best recitor of the Quran?â€ He (saww) replied, â€œOne who is seen exhibiting awe (a feeling of great respect and admiration combined with fear) at its recitationâ€. (Kanzul-â€˜Ummaal)
To recite Quran with understanding and responding to its verses.
Many Muslims have the tendency of confining the Holy Quran to material and limited things. It is very common to see them resorting to Quran only when they need to such as for Istikhaara purpose or reciting chosen chapters for selfish material gains. While Quran has many other benefits, one should however not forget that the primary purpose of its revelation was to guide mankind and therefore, itâ€™s a manual of Divine instructions for prosperity of man in this world and in the Hereafter. Man must strive to understand and apply Quran in his daily life.
It is reported that on his way to Khurasan, Imam Ali ibn Musa al-Ridha (as) used to extensively recite the Holy Quran during the nights. Whenever he (as) passed by verses that mention Paradise or Hell, he (as) would pause and cry-and then pray to Allah (SWT) for Paradise and seek refuge from the Hell-fire. (â€˜Uyoon Akhbaar al-Ridha)
To cry and shed tears.
â€œIndeed those who were given knowledge before it when it is recited to them, fall down in prostration on their faces, and say: â€˜Immaculate is our Lord! Indeed our Lordâ€™s promise is bound to be fulfilledâ€™. Weeping they fall down, and it increases them in humilityâ€. (17:107-108)
The Holy Prophet (saww) has said, â€œWhichever eye sheds tears from the recitation of Quran shall find coolness on the Day of Qiyamahâ€. (Kanzul-â€˜Ummaal)
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