The Holy Quran - Part 10 - Etiquettes of Quran: Al-Khushoo'


Holy Quran

Al-Khushoo’ in Arabic means ‘to become submissive’ or ‘to display humility’ or ‘to be moved and touched’. In Quran, we have been instructed to exhibit submissiveness and highest degree of humility when reciting the Book of Allah (SWT).

“Is it not time yet for those who have faith that their hearts should be humbled for Allah’s remembrance and to the truth which has come down (to them), and not to be like those who were given the book before? Time took its toll on them and so their hearts were hardened and many of them are transgressors”. (57:16)

Some of the ways of expressing Al-Khushoo’ are as following:

To realize that Quran consists the words of Allah (SWT).

If a recitor realizes this, he will automatically give the Quran its due regard and recite it in a manner as though Allah (SWT) is communicating with him directly therein.

The Holy Prophet (saww) was asked, “Who is the best recitor of the Quran?” He (saww) replied, “One who is seen exhibiting awe (a feeling of great respect and admiration combined with fear) at its recitation”. (Kanzul-‘Ummaal)

To recite Quran with understanding and responding to its verses.

Many Muslims have the tendency of confining the Holy Quran to material and limited things. It is very common to see them resorting to Quran only when they need to such as for Istikhaara purpose or reciting chosen chapters for selfish material gains. While Quran has many other benefits, one should however not forget that the primary purpose of its revelation was to guide mankind and therefore, it’s a manual of Divine instructions for prosperity of man in this world and in the Hereafter. Man must strive to understand and apply Quran in his daily life.

It is reported that on his way to Khurasan, Imam Ali ibn Musa al-Ridha (as) used to extensively recite the Holy Quran during the nights. Whenever he (as) passed by verses that mention Paradise or Hell, he (as) would pause and cry-and then pray to Allah (SWT) for Paradise and seek refuge from the Hell-fire. (‘Uyoon Akhbaar al-Ridha)

To cry and shed tears.

“Indeed those who were given knowledge before it when it is recited to them, fall down in prostration on their faces, and say: ‘Immaculate is our Lord! Indeed our Lord’s promise is bound to be fulfilled’. Weeping they fall down, and it increases them in humility”. (17:107-108)

The Holy Prophet (saww) has said, “Whichever eye sheds tears from the recitation of Quran shall find coolness on the Day of Qiyamah”. (Kanzul-‘Ummaal)