Daily Archives: November 3, 2011

Waiting for the Imaam (Ahadith 610-613)


When you enter the masjid after Adhaan and there’s still some time before the salah starts, what do you do? How do you wait for the Imaam before he takes his place? Do you sit, do you walk around, do you talk etc.? Prophet (SAW) has advised us to sit in thw rows in order to wait for the Imaam. Get up from your place when you see the Imaam take his place. It comes under ‘following’.

Volume 1, Book 11, Number 610:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Abi Qatada:

My father said. “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘If the Iqama is pronounced then do not stand for the prayer till you see me (in front of you).’ “

Volume 1, Book 11, Number 611:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Abi:

Qatada, My father said, “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘If the Iqama is pronounced, then do not stand for the prayer till you see me (in front of you) and do it calmly.’ “

–> Specifically after the Iqamah has been pronounced, do not hurry to stand up for prayer. Wait for the Imaam to take his place and then stand up and make rows. And do it calmly!

Volume 1, Book 11, Number 612:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Apostle went out (of the mosque) when the Iqama had been pronounced and the rows straightened. The Prophet stood at his Musalla (praying place) and we waited for the Prophet to begin the prayer with Takbir. He left and asked us to remain in our places. We kept on standing till the Prophet returned and the water was trickling from his head for he had taken a bath (of Janaba).

In this case, Prophet (SAW) had just remembered that he was junub. So he instantly went and took a bath, instructing the followers to remain at their places. And I wonder at those followers. They remained at their places till Prophet (SAW0 came back. No questions asked. SubhanAllah! <3

Volume 1, Book 11, Number 613:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Once iqama was pronounced and the people had straightened the rows, Allah’s Apostle went forward (to lead the prayer) but he was Junub, so he said, “Remain in your places.” And he went out, took a bath and returned with water trickling from his head. Then he led the prayer.


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