Hatim on Salat: How do you pray so well?

Rabah ibn al-Harawi reported: ‘Isam ibn Yusuf passed by Hatim al-Asam, may Allah have mercy on him, while he was speaking in his assembly. ‘Isam said, “O Hatim, do you pray well?” Hatim said yes. ‘Isam said, “How do you pray?” Hatim said, “I establish the command, I walk with fear, I begin prayer with intention, I exalt Allah with grandeur, I recite with a measured recitation and reflection, I bow with reverence, I prostrate with humility, I sit to complete the testimony, and I invoke peace properly and according to the Sunnah. Then, I sincerely surrender the prayer to Allah Almighty and I return to myself with fear that it will not be accepted from me. I guard it with effort in this way until death.” ‘Isam said, “You may speak, for you do pray well.”

Source: Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’ 11623

عن رَبَاح بْن الْهَرَوِيِّ قَالَ مَرَّ عِصَامُ بْنُ يُوسُفَ بِحَاتِمٍ الأَصَمُّ رحمه الله وَهُوَ يَتَكَلَّمُ فِي مَجْلِسِهِ فَقَالَ يَا حَاتِمُ تُحْسِنُ تُصَلَّى قَالَ نَعَمْ قَالَ كَيْفَ تُصَلَّى قَالَ حَاتِمٌ أَقُومُ بِالأَمْرِ وَأَمْشِي بِالْخَشْيَةِ وَأَدْخَلُ بِالنِّيَّةَ وَأُكَبِّرُ بِالْعَظَمَةِ وَأَقْرَأُ بِالتَّرْتِيلِ وَالتَّفَكُّرِ وَأَرْكَعُ بِالْخُشُوعِ وَأَسْجَدُ بِالْتَوَاضُعِ وَأَجْلِسُ لِلتَّشَهُّدِ بِالتَّمَامِ وَأُسَلِّمُ بِالسَّبَلِ وَالسُّنَّةِ وَأُسْلِمُهَا بِالإِخْلاصِ إِلَى اللَّهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ وَأَرْجِعُ عَلَى نَفْسِي بِالْخَوْفِ أَخَافُ أَنْ لا يَقْبَلَ مِنِّي وَأَحْفَظُهُ بِالْجُهْدِ إِلَى الْمَوْتِ قَالَ تَكَلَّمَ فَأَنْتَ تُحْسِنُ تُصَلَّى

11623 حلية الأولياء لأبي نعيم حاتم الأصم