قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم
إِنَّ مِنْ أَحْسَنِ النَّاسِ صَوْتًا بِالْقُرْآنِ الَّذِي إِذَا سَمِعْتُمُوهُ يَقْرَأُ حَسِبْتُمُوهُ يَخْشَى اللّهَ
The Prophet said: “The person with the best voice regarding the recitation of the Qur’an is he who, when you hear him recite, you perceive that he fears Allah.” (Sunan ibn Majah)
I remember listening to a beautiful lecture a while ago where the Shaykh mentioned three of the greatest qualities Allah has praised His pious servants of possessing:
When the ayaat of Allah are recited upon them, they feel..
- Fear and humbleness in their heart
- Creeping of the skin
- Dropping of tears
If you can experience these three qualities while standing in front of Allah ‘azzawajal, then know that this is a huge blessing from Allah upon you and sincerely ask Him to accept you as one of His pious servants. If you cannot cry out of the fear of Allah, ask yourself why this is the case? One of the likely reasons will be that you may not understand the kalaam of Allah, and this should definitely be a matter of concern. I remember standing in Taraweeh when I was in 8th grade, crying profusely because I couldn’t understand what was being recited. SubhanAllah, you’d think that I would be crying because I did undertand; but rather I was pleading to Allah to give me the opportunity to learn His Book. Alhumdulillah, I took some necessary steps to make my wishful thought into a reality. The first year after I started Al Huda, I noticed that my comprehension of the Qu’ran increased exponentially from the year before. SubhanAllah, I understood every word of Al Baqarah, the tafseer behind it, the reason for revelation, and the countless benefits of each hukm. Alhumdulillah, as my understanding grows, my love for the Qur’an grows and I truly feel as though our Rabb is speaking to us when I stand in Salah. It’s an indescribable feeling. The point being that if you find it hard to cry out of fear and love of Allah, realize that you have you put in some effort before Allah subhanahu wata’ala strengthens your iman and brings you closer to Him. In Surah Kahf, Allah ta’ala tells us about ashabul Kahf saying that He, ‘azzawajal made their hearts firm when they stood up and said our Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the earth. I pray that Allah makes us among those who put genuine commitment, time and effort into our ‘ibadah without making excuses. Ameen.
As you stand in front of Allah on these blessed nights, try to experience the three qualities mentioned above because they embody the true meaning of khushu’. Allah ta’ala says about the Mu’minoon that they are the ones whose hearts tremble in Salah. Why? Because they realize that their standing before Allah in dunya is a preparation for their standing before Allah on the Last Day. These are the true ‘ibaad of Allah to whom Allah guarantees Firdaus ul ‘Alaa. Their voices have khushu’ (trembling, shaking, light in tone), their eyes are lowered and humbled, their faces go pale, and their lips begin quivering. In contrast, the Musalleen perform Salaah at the prefixed time but there’s nothing special about their Salaah and they may not be the most careful about their focus. Now imagine the one who doesn’t have khushu’ nor does he pray on time. What will his condition be on the Last Day? May Allah protect us from neglecting this vital part of our deen and from hard hearts that remain unaware of their true condition, Ameen.
One final point I’d like to mention is that we should remember to make du’a for our Imams each and every night. SubhanAllah, while we may sleep in or simply focus on our personal ‘ibadah, those who have to lead tarawih spend a great deal of time reciting and reviewing the Book of Allah in preparation for the night. Of course, they do this seeking the pleasure of Allah inshaAllah, but I’m sure they also want their community to enjoy their recitation (not in a form of riyaa’), which is a very noble intention as well. I was telling my sisters that while all the Muslims are part of the same Ummah, our huffath probably feel like they are part of a smaller and closer community of believers, whom Allah has chosen to memorize His Book. I pray Allah blesses me and all of you to become part of this exclusive group some day, Ameen. So inshaAllah, find some time to make du’a for your imams, especially if they help you to experience the physical qualities of khushu’.
اذكرواالله يذكركم و ادعوه يستجب لكم و لذكر الله تعالي أعلي و أولي و أعري و أعز و أجل و أتم وأهم و أكبر والله يعلم ما تصنعون