Humility in Prayer – Book Sample
HUMILITY IN PRAYER
The Hāfiz and Allāmah, Zayn al-Dīn ibn al-Shaykh Abū’l-‘Abbás Ahmad ibn Rajab, may Allāh fill his life with blessings, said:
This is a treatise we have written concerning humility (khushu) and the hearts meekness and breaking (inkisār)‘ before the Lord.
All praise is due to Allāh, mender of hearts which have broken for His sake and, by His grace, forgiver of the sins of the penitent.
I testify that none has the right to be worshipped save Allāh Alone; He has no partners and there is nothing like Him. I testify that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger;
He sent him with guidance and the Religion of Truth that it may reign supreme over all religions, He gave him the choice of being a Prophet King or a Messenger-Servant and he chose the station of servitude coupled with messengership.
He would say, “O Allāh, make me live as one lowly and humble (miskin), make me die as one lowly and humble, and resurrect me amongst the ranks of the lowly and humble,”4 thereby alluding to the nobility and excellence of this station. Peace and blessings be upon him, his family, his Companions, and those who hold tightly to his rope after him.
In His Book, Allāh, Glorious and Most High, has commended those who are meek (mukhbit) before Him, and those who have broken in the face of His grandeur; rendered submissive (khadi) and humble (khashi) in its presence. He, Most High, says,
as Allāh says, “It is He who has sent His Messenger with guidance and the Religion of Truth to exalt it over every other religion even though the polytheists detest it.” (al-Tawbah (9): 33] cf. al-Fath (48): 28 and al-Saff(61): 9
*Tirmidhi #2352 on the authority of Anas and he said it was gharīb, ibn Mājah #4126 on the authority of Abu Sa’id, and Tabarāni, al-Du’a on the authority of ‘Ubadah ibn al-Samit, all with da’if isnāds, however the hadīth is şahih.
It was also recorded on the authority of Abu Sa’id by Hākim #7911 who said it was şahih with Dhahabi agreeing, it was also ruled sahih by Suyūti, al-Jami’ al Saghir#1454, and Albāni, Sahih al-Jami’#1261, al-Sahihah #308, al-Irwa #861. cf. Sakhāwi, Magasid al-Hasanah #166
“They outdid each other in good actions, calling out to Us in yearning and awe, and humbling themselves to Us.”5
“…men and women who are humble, men and women who give in charity, men and women who fast, men and women who guard their private parts, men and women who remember Allāh much: Allāh has prepared forgiveness for them and an immense reward.26
He describes the believers as those who have khushū in the best action of worship they perform, and perform diligently,
“It is the believers who are successful: those who are humble in their prayer…”