Daily Archives: June 18, 2012
Now here is this awesome hadith that I fell in love with, the moment I read it. :D
Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 1, The Book of Belief, Hadith no. 39:
Narrated Abu Huraira r.a: The Prophet s.a.w said, “Religion is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded; and gain strength by offering the Salat (prayers) in the mornings, afternoons and during the last hours of the nights.”
It does not mean that leave your obligations since religion (i.e. Islam) is easy. Obligations are already so limited that a person is not burdened by them. It means here that for example, someone starts offering nafal (extra) as fardh (obligation).
So try to be perfect (right)…
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Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Masud:
The Prophet recited Surat-an-Najm (53) and prostrated while reciting it and all the people prostrated and a man amongst the people took a handful of stones or earth and raised it to his face and said, “This is sufficient for me.” Later on I saw him killed as a non-believer.
Hadith covered before, here.
Narrated Ibn Abbas:
The Prophet (SAW) prostrated while reciting An-Najm and with him prostrated the Muslims, the pagans, the jinns, and all human beings.
The ayah of Surah an-Najm where Sajdah of Tilawat was performed:
فَاسْجُدُوا لِلَّهِ وَاعْبُدُوا ۩
“So fall you down in prostration to Allah and worship Him (Alone).” [An-Najm: 62]
Narrated ‘Ata’ bin Yasar:
I asked Zaid bin Thabit about prostration on which he said that he had recited An-Najm before the Prophet, yet he (the Prophet) had not performed a prostration.
Narrated Zaid bin Thabit:
I recited An-Najm before the Prophet, yet he did not perform a prostration.
Note that in the above two Ahadith, Zayd ibn Thabit is reciting and Prophet (SAW) is listening. Hence, Prophet (SAW) did not prostrate (perform Sajdah of Tilawat). But in the Ahadith above these two, Prophet (SAW) was reciting it himself, and he did perform the sajdah.
We mentioned before that performing Sajdah of Tilawat is not mandatory.
Sujood al-tilaawah, whether during prayer or outside of it, is Sunnah, not obligatory, because evidence to that effect was narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), in the hadeeth of Zayd ibn Thaabit and in the hadeeth of ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him).