Monthly Archives: November 2011

Salah is Better.. (Hadith No. 644)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Hadith no. 643 is a repeat. It’s about eating with a knife and all. Read it here.

Volume 1, Book 11, Number 644:

Narrated Al-Aswad:

That he asked ‘Aisha “What did the Prophet use to do in his house?” She replied, “He used to keep himself busy serving his family and when it was the time for prayer he would go for it.”

What keeps you from prayer? Sleep? Work? House chores? Studies? Friends? Inner desires? What is it that keeps you from a special one-on-one meeting with the Most High? Whatever it is, just let go..

Wassalam.

To Eat Or To Pray? (Ahadith 640-642)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Volume 1, Book 11, Number 640:

Narrated ‘Aisha:

The Prophet said, “If supper is served, and Iqama is pronounced one should start with the supper.”

Volume 1, Book 11, Number 641:

Narrated Anas bin Malik:

Allah’s Apostle said, “If the supper is served start having it before praying the Maghrib prayer and do not be hasty in finishing it.”

Volume 1, Book 11, Number 642:

Narrated Nafi’:

Ibn ‘Umar said, “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘If the supper is served for anyone of you and the Iqama is pronounced, start with the supper and don’t be in haste (and carry on eating) till you finish it.” If food was served for Ibn ‘Umar and Iqama was pronounced, he never came to the prayer till he finished it (i.e. food) in spite of the fact that he heard the recitation (of the Qur’an) by the Imam (in the prayer). Narrated Ibn ‘Umar: The Prophet said, “If anyone of you is having his meals, he should not hurry up till he is satisfied; even if the prayer has been started.”

Now, it’s not an everyday situation. We make sure that our meal times do not conflict with prayer times. But in case food is served to you at prayer time and you’re hungry, you may continue eating. And don’t make haste in finishing your food, as Prophet (SAW) said.

So, bon appetit! :)

Wassalam.

Mud On My Forehead (Ahadith 637-639)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Volume 1, Book 11, Number 637:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Al-Harith:

Ibn Abbas addressed us on a (rainy and) muddy day and when the Mu’adh-dhin said, “Come for the prayer” Ibn ‘Abbas ordered him to say, “Pray in your homes.” The people began to look at one another with surprise as if they did not like it. Ibn ‘Abbas said, “It seems that you thought ill of it but no doubt it was done by one who was better than I (i.e. the Prophet). It (the prayer) is a strict order and I disliked to bring you out.”

Ibn ‘Abbas narrated the same as above but he said, “I did not like you to make you sinful (in refraining from coming to the mosque) and to come (to the mosque) covered with mud up to the knees.”

More on it here.

Volume 1, Book 11, Number 638:

Narrated Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri:

A cloud came and it rained till the roof started leaking and in those days the roof used to be of the branches of date-palms. Iqama was pronounced and I saw Allah’s Apostles prostrating in water and mud and even I saw the mark of mud on his forehead.

I really want to follow this Sunnah: prostrate on muddy ground and get a mark of mud on my forehead. Crazy, right? I know. :)

Volume 1, Book 11, Number 639:

Narrated Anas bin Sirin:

I heard Anas saying, “A man from Ansar said to the Prophet, ‘I cannot pray with you (in congregation).’ He was a very fat man and he prepared a meal for the Prophet and invited him to his house. He spread out a mat for the Prophet, and washed one of its sides with water, and the Prophet prayed two Rakat on it.” A man from the family of Al-Jaruid asked, “Did the Prophet used to pray the Duha (forenoon) prayer?” Anas said, “I did not see him praying the Duha prayer except on that day.”

Wassalam.

The Blind Imaam (Hadith No. 636)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Hadith no. 635 is a repeat. Read it here.

Volume 1, Book 11, Number 636:

Narrated Mahmuid bin Rabi’ Al-Ansari:

‘Itban bin Malik used to lead his people (tribe) in prayer and was a blind man, he said to Allah’s Apostle , “O Allah’s Apostle! At times it is dark and flood water is flowing (in the valley) and I am blind man, so please pray at a place in my house so that I can take it as a Musalla (praying place).” So Allah’s Apostle went to his house and said, “Where do you like me to pray?” ‘Itban pointed to a place in his house and Allah’s Apostle, offered the prayer there.

One. Blindness was not a flaw back then. We know of the blind mu’adhin: Abdullah Ibn Umm Maktum. And this Hadith tells us about a blind man who used to lead the prayer in his tribe.
Two. The most knowledgeable and wise is supposed to lead the prayer. Even if they’re blind/crippled/handicapped. Read more on it here.
Three. Something as genuine as blindness did not stop this man from going to the masjid to pray (in normal conditions). Then what do you have to say of your excuses?
Four. In extreme weather conditions, one may pray at home. More on it here.
Five. Another aspect of this Hadith discussed here.

Wassalam.

Praying Despite Fatal Illness (Ahadith 633-634)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Volume 1, Book 11, Number 633:

Narrated Al-Aswad:

“We were with ‘Aisha discussing the regularity of offering the prayer and dignifying it. She said, ‘When Allah’s Apostle fell sick with the fatal illness and when the time of prayer became due and Adhan was pronounced, he said, ‘Tell Abu Bakr to lead the people in prayer.’ He was told that Abu Bakr was a soft-hearted man and would not be able to lead the prayer in his place. The Prophet gave the same order again but he was given the same reply. He gave the order for the third time and said, ‘You (women) are the companions of Joseph. Tell Abu Bakr to lead the prayer.’ So Abu Bakr came out to lead the prayer. In the meantime the condition of the Prophet improved a bit and he came out with the help of two men one on each side. As if I was observing his legs dragging on the ground owing to the disease. Abu Bakr wanted to retreat but the Prophet beckoned him to remain at his place and the Prophet was brought till he sat beside Abu Bakr.” Al-A’mash was asked, “Was the Prophet praying and Abu Bakr following him, and were the people following Abu Bakr in that prayer?” Al-A’mash replied in the affirmative with a nod of his head. Abu Muawiya said, “The Prophet was sitting on the left side of Abu Bakr who was praying while standing.”

Volume 1, Book 11, Number 634:

Narrated ‘Aisha:

“When the Prophet became seriously ill and his disease became aggravated he asked for permission from his wives to be nursed in my house and he was allowed. He came out with the help of two men and his legs were dragging on the ground. He was between Al-Abbas and another man.”

‘Ubaid Ullah said, “I told Ibn ‘Abbas what ‘Aisha had narrated and he said, ‘Do you know who was the (second) man whose name ‘Aisha did not mention'” I said, ‘No.’ Ibn ‘Abbas said, ‘He was ‘Ali Ibn Abi Talib.’ “

I want to shed light on just one point. Prayer is the MOST important thing in a Muslim’s life. Prophet (SAW) came out to pray in congregation even in his last days. He was so weak, so ill in those days that he had to take help from two men in order to walk. Yet he tried his best to not leave the prayer.

Be your own judge. Think before even thinking of missing/delaying a prayer. Is your excuse valid enough?

Wassalam.

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