Go Back and Pray, For You Have Not Prayed (Hadith No. 724)
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah’s Apostle entered the mosque and a person followed him. The man prayed and went to the Prophet and greeted him. The Prophet returned the greeting and said to him, “Go back and pray, for you have not prayed.” The man went back prayed in the same way as before, returned and greeted the Prophet who said, “Go back and pray, for you have not prayed.” This happened thrice. The man said, “By Him Who sent you with the Truth, I cannot offer the prayer in a better way than this. Please, teach me how to pray.” The Prophet said, “When you stand for Prayer, say Takbir and then recite from the Holy Qur’an (of what you know by heart) and then bow till you feel at ease. Then raise your head and stand up straight, then prostrate till you feel at ease during your prostration, then sit with calmness till you feel at ease (do not hurry) and do the same in all your prayers.
I feel like I’ve done a similar Hadith before on this blog, but I can’t seem to find it. Inna lillah!
Anyway, so this Hadith lays down the importance of khushoo` in prayer. To offer Salah calmly and slowly, giving each position some time. It’s important for your physical exercise as well as your spiritual ‘thing’. Calmness in your Salah will give a very nice feel to it. You’ll feel good, and the ones around you will feel good as well. It brings calmness into your life as well. Calmness in your personality. Calmness. (Used the word a bit too much.)
I’ll put it simply, as the elders say:
Namaz mein takrein na marein.