Imam Al-Ghazali: On The Merits Of Humble Adoration 1.1

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Translated by Sidi Mukhtar Holland

Merit of Humble Adoration (Khushu’)

God, Exalted is He, said, “And perform Prayer in remembrance of Me.” (20:14)

The Exalted One also said, “Do not be one of those neglectful.” (7:205)

God, Great and Glorious is He, also said, “Do not approach the Prayer when you are intoxicated, until you know what you are saying.” (4:43)

Some say that ‘intoxicated’ means inebriated by many anxieties, while others say it means drunk on the love of this world. According to Wahb (May God be pleased with him), the meaning is obviously a caution against worldly attachment, since the words, ‘until you know what you are saying’ explain the underlying reason. Many are those who pray without having drunk wine, yet do not know what they are saying in their Prayers!”

The Prophet (May the peace and blessings of God be upon him) said, “If a man performs two units of Prayer without distraction of any worldly thought, all his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari and Muslim with slightly different wording)

The Prophet (May the peace and blessings of God be upon him) said, “Prayer is nothing but submissiveness, humility, supplication, sighing and remorse, holding out your hands and saying, ‘O God! O God! Otherwise, it is abortive.” (Tirmidhi and Nasa’i)