Khushoo' SWEET! [Roundup]

After the response to the du'a roundup, and Ramadan Slump roundup, I figured that roundups are a good idea for a monthly feature. This month's roundup theme is khushoo' which is so often associated with sweetness. The following list is obviously not exhaustive by any means, just a few resources I've found online that I've either personally enjoyed or heard good things about. There is a mix of formats to suit your fancy, from pdfs to videos and even mp3s, so in sha Allah you'll find something on the list that you can benefit from.

1. Most of the resources listed here are an hour or more of content. So I wanted to lead off with a short talk I discovered by Shaykh Navaid Aziz that gives 9 quick tips to help improve your khushoo'.

2. In his brief lecture, Sh. Navaid recommends some further resources for people who are looking to improve their khushoo', one of which is the lecture by Sh. Yaser Birjas, Khushoo' :Strenghtening the Divine Connetion, available on iTunes.

3. In 2008 Mishari Al-Kharraz conducted a popular lecture series at the Grand Mosque of Kuwait entitled "How to Taste the Sweetness of Salah." Sister Mona Hubbi has translated the series and published it as a pdf which is available for download here.

I really enjoyed this pdf because of the conversational tone, the use of metaphors which help put things into perspective, and the use of questions to incite reflection.  I'll share just a small snippet here to illustrate the point & hopefully it'll be enough to pique your interest and click through to the whole pdf. 

When you announce “Allahu Akbar”, imagine that you are before the cameras and
the red “ON THE AIR” button has now been switched on. But it is not ordinary
people who are watching you, it is The King Himself. In His hands is everything you
are and everything you will ever be. In His hands is the entire universe, running in
perfect order. Nothing, however big or small, escapes His control. How will you
stand? Feel your heart race!
- Upon “Allahu Akbar” and as we proceed to recite; any bad deeds committed by our
faculties suddenly begin to float up… up until they reach our head and shoulders.
Subsequently, with every Ruku (bow) and Sujood (prostration) we move to, these sins
fall off and away, scattered and gone! (All the more reason for us to hold in those
humbling positions longer before our Lord.)
- With “Allahu Akbar”, things we were permitted to do just moments before suddenly
become forbidden... Like food, drink, talk, unnecessary movement. What happened?
What is different now? Well, these acts are not befitting of a meeting of this nature.
For the servant has answered the call and now stands in humility before his Master.
You are on a much higher level now. Focus.
Are you still drifting? This is why we repeat these great words, “Allahu Akbar” as we
move to each position. It is a reminder, and a new chance to refocus.

4. Prior to trying to pull this round up together I wasn't familiar with Moutasem Al-Hameedi, however I really enjoyed his talk and loved all of the imagery he used, which made it all the more fun to take notes!

5.  I have not had the opportunity to go through this whole series by Farhan Abdul-Azeez but I've heard good things about it. The Sweetness of Salah is a series of 15 videos each focusing on a different section of the prayer.  The website also has a pdf under the resources section which lists recommended adhkaar and their translations.

For the Kids

6. I'm what some may call an Ad-Duha fangirl (I think that's my first time using that word but it's quite applicable). I've already made videos about Ad-Duha's Asmaa Al-Husna series, and the mini Tafseer series & totally stand behind recommending their content. Ad-duha is a homeschool curriculum for Islamic Studies which uses a story based approach to teach the fundamentals of Islam, making it enjoyable for parents & the kids. In Level C which is geared for 2nd-3rd grade the 10 month curriculum focuses on Salah through a series of short stories about a boy named Fuadd (10) and his little sister Fatimah (7) who live in the city of Madinah. You can preview book 1 and book 2 and purchase either physical books or buy the pdf versions. There is also an option to purchase the full-year course which includes tafseer of 6 suwar of Juz Tabarak, and Arabic workbooks with writing activities, tajweed rules, and activity sheets.

So that wraps up this month's roundup! If you've enjoyed this post subscribe so you don't miss next month's roundup. I'm thinking dealing w. calamities may be a good theme.


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