عن عثمان بن أبي العاص أنه أتى النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فقال: يا رسول الله، إن الشيطان قد حَالَ بيني وبين صلاتي وقراءتي يلبسها علي، فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: «ذاك شيطان يقال له خِنْزَبٌ، فإذا أحسسته فتعوذ بالله منه، واتفل على يسارك ثلاثًا» قال: ففعلت ذلك فأذهبه الله عني.
[صحيح] - [رواه مسلم]
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‘Uthmān ibn Abi al-‘Ās (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: I came to the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) and said: "O Messenger of Allah, Satan intervenes between me and my prayer and my recitation of the Qur'an, confounding me." The Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said: "That is Satan who is known as Khinzab. If you perceive his effect, seek refuge with Allah from him and spit three times to your left." I did that, and Allah caused him to depart from me.
Sahih/Authentic. - [Muslim]

Explanation

‘Uthmān ibn Abi al-‘Ās (may Allah be pleased with him) came to the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) and said: O Messenger of Allah, Satan intervenes between me and my prayer and undermines my khushū‘ therein. He confuses me and makes me doubtful about my recitation. Indeed, this happens to a lot of people. A person with a living heart will be worried by this and look for a remedy. In response, the Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said: That is Satan who is doing this to you. He is known as Khinzab. If you perceive this, seek refuge with Allah from him, saying: I seek refuge with Allah from Khinzab, or the like. And spit three times to your left, where Satan exists. But if there is someone on his life side, or he fears he may soil the mosque, he can merely blow; that's letting air out of his mouth along with little saliva. ‘Uthmān said: I did as the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) commanded me to do, and Allah caused him to depart from me.

Translation:
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1: The Hadīth demonstrates that Satan dominates a person in prayer and seeks to make him confused and doubtful about it.
2: It is recommended to seek refuge with Allah Almighty from Satan when he whispers to us in prayer, along with spitting three times to the left.
3: It points out how the Companions (may Allah be pleased with them) used to go to the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) and present their problems to him so that he could solve their problems for them and for the entire Ummah.
4: The Companions (may Allah be pleased with them) possessed living hearts, and their chief concern was the Hereafter.
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