Daily Archives: January 21, 2012

Sajdah on Seven Bones (Ahadith 773-776)


Volume 1, Book 12, Number 773:

Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas:

The Prophet was ordered (by Allah) to prostrate on seven parts and not to tuck up the clothes or hair (while praying). Those parts are: the forehead (along with the tip of nose), both hands, both knees, and (toes of) both feet.

Note, the seven bones do NOT include the elbow, so keep ’em off the floor!
Oh, and note: this Hadith doesn’t say this way of prostration is for men only.
And don’t forget, rubbing your nose on the ground is a very important part of sajdah. For it is the true manifestation of humility.

Volume 1, Book 12, Number 774:

Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas:

The Prophet said, “We have been ordered to prostrate on seven bones and not to tuck up the clothes or hair.”

I understand the seven bones part. But what does it mean to not tuck up one’s clothes or hair?

While offering Salah, one should not engage in arranging his clothes or removing his hair from his forehead. He should devote himself to the Salah with submissiveness. – M. Muhsin Khan’s footnote on this Hadith

Okay, I don’t understand the ‘removing hair from his forehead’ part. Who does that?
Anyway, my understanding is: we’re not supposed to play with our clothes/hair during Salah. It does not let khushoo` come to our prayer. So focus your mind AND body completely on Salah. Saddidoo! [Seedhay ho jao!]

Hadith no. 775 is a repeat. Read it here.

Volume 1, Book 12, Number 776:

Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas:

The Prophet said, “I have been ordered to prostrate on seven bones i.e. on the forehead along with the tip of the nose and the Prophet pointed towards his nose, both hands, both knees and the toes of both feet and not to gather the clothes or the hair.”


Lighten It Up


There was a very moving reminder given by brother Hamza Andreas Tzortzis at SIST on January 8, 2012. I would like to share it with you.

This is the summary of what he talked about (these may not be the exact words but I’m still going to use the first form so that it can be related to easily, they are almost the exact words though):
My dad used to say ‘I love you’ to me every single day. (His dad is a non-Muslim). Wallahi I can guarantee you that some of you have never heard the word love from your parents. We’re Muslims, this is our agenda… Rahmah! Ibn-al-Qayyim said where you see Islam you should see mercy. And I guarantee you some of you in this room don’t even have loving relationships with your own parents. This is not the relationship of the sunnah, of parenting…

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