Monthly Archives: December 2011

Position of Hands During Ruku` (Hadith No. 756)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Volume 1, Book 12, Number 756:

Narrated Mus’ab bin Sa’d:

I offered prayer beside my father and approximated both my hands and placed them in between the knees. My father told me not to do so and said, “We used to do the same but we were forbidden (by the Prophet) to do it and were ordered to place the hands on the knees.”

 

That, is how you do ruku`.

Wassalam.

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22 Takbirs (Ahadith 751-755)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Volume 1, Book 12, Number 751:

Narrated Imran bin Husain:

I offered the prayer with ‘Ali in Basra and he made us remember the prayer which we used to pray with Allah’s Apostle. ‘Ali said Takbir on each rising and bowing.

Volume 1, Book 12, Number 752:

Narrated Abu Salama:

When Abu Huraira led us in prayer he used to say Takbir on each bowing and rising. On the completion of the prayer he used to say, “My prayer is more similar to the prayer of Allah’s Apostle than that of anyone of you.”

Volume 1, Book 12, Number 753:

Narrated Mutarrif bin ‘Abdullah:

‘Imran bin Husain and I offered the prayer behind Ali bin Abi Talib. When ‘Ali prostrated, he said the Takbir, when he raised his head, he said the Takbir and when he got up for the third Rak’a he said the Takbir. On completion of the prayer Imran took my hand and said, “This (i.e. ‘Ali) made me remember the prayer of Muhammad” Or he said, “He led us in a prayer like that of Muhammad.”

Volume 1, Book 12, Number 754:

Narrated ‘Ikrima:

I saw a person praying at Muqam-lbrahim (the place of Abraham by the Ka’ba) and he was saying Takbir on every bowing, rising, standing and sitting. I asked Ibn ‘Abbas (about this prayer). He admonished me saying: “Isn’t that the prayer of the Prophet?”

Volume 1, Book 12, Number 755:

Narrated ‘Ikrima:

I prayed behind a Sheikh at Mecca and he said twenty two Takbirs (during the prayer). I told Ibn ‘Abbas that he (i.e. that Sheikh) was foolish. Ibn ‘Abbas admonished me and said, “This is the tradition of Abu-l-Qasim.” And narrated Abu Huraira: Whenever Allah’s Apostle stood for the prayer, he said Takbir on starting the prayer and then on bowing. On rising from bowing he said, “Sami’ a-l-lahu liman hamida,” and then while standing straight he used to say, “Rabbana laka-l hamd” (Al-Laith said, “(The Prophet said), ‘Walaka-l-hamd’.” He used to say Takbir on prostrating and on raising his head from prostration; again he would say Takbir on prostrating and raising his head. He would then do the same in the whole of the prayer till it was completed. On rising from the second Rak’a (after sitting for At-Tahiyyat), he used to say Takbir.

In a four rak`aat-long Salah, one must say 22 takbirs. Count yours and see if your Salah matches that of the Prophet (SAW)!

Wassalam.

Love for the Good (Hadith No. 750)

Salam, Bismillah.

Volume 1, Book 12, Number 750:

Narrated Abu Bakra:

I reached the Prophet in the mosque while he was bowing in prayer and I too bowed before joining the row. I mentioned it to the Prophet and he said to me, “May Allah increase your love for the good. But do not repeat it again (bowing in that way).”

Sometimes people get a bit too enthusiastic while doing something for the Deen. They might do something wrong in that craze or cross a boundary unwillingly. The way to deal with them is not to be harsh nor discourage them. That would be very unwise! And I see it happen a lot as well, sadly.

Prophet (SAW) responded to Abu Bakra’s action starting with a positive note. He gave him a du`a, and what a beautiful du`a it was! <3

زادك الله حرصا

“May Allah increase your love for the good.”

After encouraging him, he (SAW) told him not to repeat this action again because it’s not the right way to join Salah. One must join the saff (row) and then join the congregation with takbir.

May Allah give us the wisdom and knowledge that Prophet (SAW) left for us. For truly, that is the only thing we get to inherit from him. :)

Wassalam.

Ameen! (Ahadith 747-749)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Volume 1, Book 12, Number 747:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, “Say Amin” when the Imam says it and if the Amin of any one of you coincides with that of the angels then all his past sins will be forgiven.” Ibn Shihab said, “Allah’s Apostle used to Say “Amin.”

Volume 1, Book 12, Number 748:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Apostle said, “If any one of you says, “Amin” and the angels in the heavens say “Amin” and the former coincides with the latter, all his past sins will be forgiven.”

Volume 1, Book 12, Number 749:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Apostle said, “Say Amen’ when the Imam says “Ghair-il-maghdubi ‘alaihim wala-ddal-lin; not the path of those who earn Your Anger (such as Jews) nor of those who go astray (such as Christians); all the past sins of the person whose saying (of Amin) coincides with that of the angels, will be forgiven.

  • Say Ameen after reciting/hearing Surah al-Fatihah.
  • When your Ameen coincides with that of the angels, all your past sins are forgiven. Your timing has to be accurate.
    “Say Amin when the Imam says it..”

Wassalam.

More on Reciting Qur’an in Salah (Ahadith 741-746)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Volume 1, Book 12, Number 741:

Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas:

The Prophet recited aloud in the prayers in which he was ordered to do so and quietly in the prayers in which he was ordered to do so. “And your Lord is not forgetful.” “Verily there was a good example for you in the ways of the Prophet.”

Volume 1, Book 12, Number 742:

Narrated Abu Wa’il:

A man came to Ibn Mas’ud and said, “I recited the Mufassal (Suras) at night in one Rak’a.” Ibn Mas’ud said, “This recitation is (too quick) like the recitation of poetry. I know the identical Suras which the Prophet used to recite in pairs.” Ibn Mas’ud then mentioned 20 Mufassal Suras including two Suras from the family of (i.e. those verses which begin with) AL, HA, MIM (which the Prophet used to recite) in each Rak’a.

Volume 1, Book 12, Number 743:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Abi Qatada:

My father said, “The Prophet uses to recite Al-Fatiha followed by another Sura in the first two Rakat of the prayer and used to recite only Al-Fatiha in the last two Rakat of the Zuhr prayer. Sometimes a verse or so was audible and he used to prolong the first Rak’a more than the second and used to do the same in the ‘Asr and Fajr prayers.”

Volume 1, Book 12, Number 744:

Narrated Abu Ma’mar:

We said to Khabbab “Did Allah’s Apostle used to recite in Zuhr and ‘Asr prayers?” He replied in the affirmative. We said, “How did you come to know about it?” He said, “By the movement of his beard.”

Volume 1, Book 12, Number 745:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Abi Qatada:

My father said, “The Prophet used to recite Al-Fatiha along with another Sura in the first two Rakat of the Zuhr and ‘Asr prayers. A verse or so was audible at times and he used to prolong the first Rak’a.”

Volume 1, Book 12, Number 746:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Abi Qatada:

My father said, “The Prophet used to prolong the first Rak’a of the Zuhr prayer and shorten the second one and used to do the same in the Fajr prayer.”

  • Fajr, Maghrib and `Ishaa’ are the jahri prayers. Prophet (SAW) used to recite aloud in them (in congregation). Dhuhr and `Asr are the sirri prayers. Prophet (SAW) used to recite slowly or ‘silently’ in them. Read more on it here.
  • Reciting Mufassal Surahs (from Surah Qaf onwards) in `Ishaa’ is Sunnah.
  • Reciting Surah al-Fatihah in each rak`ah of every Salah is of the utmost importance. More on it here.
  • Lips should move while reciting ‘silently’. Also, first rak`ah of prayer is the longest. Details here.

Wassalam.

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