The evil speech of the people…

The evil speech of the people cannot harm you unless you preoccupy yourself with it and give it importance, then it dominates your emotions and harms you.

Imaam As-Sadi [rahimahullaah] | Al-Wasaa’il Al-Mufeedah: page:30

Can you even bear this?

To remind himself of hellfire, ‘Umar used to put his hand near an open flame and would ask himself:

“Can you even bear this O’ Ibn’ul khattab?”

Source: Biographies of the Rightly Guided Caliphs (p. 169)

Speak verses From Al Qur’an

“Speak the Truth.” [al-Qur’an,3:17]

“Speak straight.” [al-Qur’an,33:70]

“Speak justice.” [al-Qur’an,6:152]

“Speak kindly.” [al-Qur’an,2:83]

“Speak politely.” [al-Qur’an,17:53]

“Speak fairly.” [al-Qur’an,17:28]

“Speak gently.” [al-Qur’an,20:44]

“Speak graciously.” [al-Qur’an,17:23]

“Speak not in vain.” [al-Qur’an,23:3]

“Speak no lie.” [al-Qur’an,22:30]

Prayer is heavy for…

Prayer is heavy for he who does not have khushūʿ (humility) in it, and khushūʿ is heavy for he who is weak in yaqīn (certainty) in Allah:

{ وَإِنَّهَا لَكَبِيرَةٌ إِلاَّ عَلَى الْخَاشِعِينَ * الَّذِينَ يَظُنُّونَ أَنَّهُم مُّلاَقُوا رَبِّهِمْ }

“And indeed, it (prayer) is extremely heavy and hard except for the Khāshiʿūn (people of khushūʿ); Who are certain that they will meet their Lord.” [Al-Baqarah 2:45-46]

It is a meeting between you and Allah

One should do his worship longing and yearning to Allah, to jump to His worship. And worship, it is a meeting between you and Allah so look forward to it. Look at the story of Musa ‘alayhis-salaam when he had a meeting with Allah. Allah quotes him as saying, he himself says to Allah:

And I hastened to You, O my Lord, that You might be pleased. (Surat Taha: 84)

And that is our topic. After Allah destroyed Fir’awn, Allah made an appointment with Musa ‘alayhis-salaam and Bani Israel (the Children of Israel), and that is where Allah spoke to him by the mountain and where he asked to see Allah, and where he was given the Tawraah. When he left Bani Israel back with Haroon ‘alayhis-salaam and the appointment with Allah got closer, Musa ‘alayhis-salaam quickly hastened his footsteps and sped to the meeting. Musa ‘alayhis-salaam could have walked slowly, sluggishly. The appointment is set with Allah, the appointment is not going to be missed. But Musa ‘alayhis-salaam sped because he longed to Allah and he was eager to speak to Allah. You have five daily meetings with Allah, not even that, you have every single minute of Ramadhaan as a meeting with Allah. You can walk sluggishly to it, you can sprint to it, and you can cancel the meeting altogether. It is your choice.

What made Musa ‘alayhis-salaam hasten to the meeting with Allah? That is because he enjoyed it. He enjoyed a meeting with Allah, to converse with Allah, he enjoyed worship. You will not enjoy worship unless you ignite your longing and yearning and love to Allah. If someone responds to another who he loves, he responds to something they ask without that hasten and spark, that special excitement, you call that cold love, love with no flavour or taste. Your Ibadaah (worship) is your main course, you sprinkle that main course with longing and yearning to Allah so you can add excitement when you perform it.

Qur’an Recitation

Reciting the Qur’aan in a slow, measured, rhythmic tone is more conductive to reflection and gaining Khushu’ during Salaah, as opposed to a speedy recitation.