Make the most of this month by developing Khushoo` and making it an integral part of your `Ibaadah.
Know that sinning is what diminishes the Khushoo` in the heart.
If we have not benefited from our previous Ramadhaan – from our Siyaam and our Qiyaam – then know that it was due of the lack of sincerity and Khushoo` among us, except for those whom Allaah تعالى protected.
The Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
أول شيء يرفع من هذه الأمة الخشوع حتى لا ترى فيها خاشعا
“The very first thing to be raised from this Ummah is Khushoo` until there is not a single person in it with Khushoo`.” [Saheeh al-Jaami` (2569) and graded as “Saheeh” by Shaikh al-Albaanee]
He صلى الله عليه وسلم also said:
أوَّلُ ما يُرْفَعُ مِنَ الناسِ الخشوعُ
“The first thing to be raised from the people is Khushoo`.” [Saheeh al-Jaami` (2576) and graded as “Saheeh” by Shaikh al-Albaanee]
Abu Dardaa’ رضي الله عنه said to one of the companions:
إِنْ شئتَ لأُحَدِّثَنَّكَ بأوِّلِ علْمٍ يُرْفَعُ منَ الناسِ الخشوعُ يوشِكُ أنْ تدخُلَ مسجِدَ جماعَةٍ فلا تَرَى فيه رجلًا خاشِعًا
“If you wish I will tell you what the first type of knowledge taken from the people will be – it is al-Khushoo` (the fear of Allaah- humility, submissiveness) such that if you enter a Jaami’ah Masjid, you will not see a single man who has Khushoo`.”
[Sunan al-Tirmidhee (2653) and graded as “Saheeh” by Shaikh al-Albaanee]