Tashahhud – Sitting Position (Hadith No. 790)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Repeats: Hadith no. 785, 786, 787, 788, and 789.

Volume 1, Book 12, Number 790:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdullah:

I saw ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar crossing his legs while sitting in the prayer and I, a mere youngster in those days, did the same. Ibn ‘Umar forbade me to do so, and said, “The proper way is to keep the right foot propped up and bend the left in the prayer.” I said questioningly, “But you are doing so (crossing the legs).” He said, “My feet cannot bear my weight.”

  • Proper way of sitting in tashahhud is to keep the right foot propped up and bend the left one.
  • Don’t follow others in `Ibadah (and otherwise) without knowing why they’re doing things the way they’re doing them.
  • Don’t rush to judge people. You only see the apparent. But reality has a lot more to it.
  • Islam is an easy religion. You’ll always find relaxation (rukhsat) in commandments. For example, `Abdullah ibn `Umar could not sit in tashahhud the proper way, because he was old and his feet could not bear his weight due to weakness. So he took a rukhsat in prayer, and crossed his legs while sitting. It’s allowed and very much recommended as long as you have a genuine excuse.
    Other examples of rukhsat (relaxation) are: the option to not fast while traveling in Ramadan, the option of shortening the prayer while traveling, the option of performing Hajj on a camel (ride) if unable to walk etc.

Wassalam.

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