Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Al-Harith:
Once on a rainy muddy day, Ibn ‘Abbas delivered a sermon in our presence and when the Mu’adhdhin pronounced the Adhan and said, “Haiya ala-s-sala(t) (come for the prayer)” Ibn ‘Abbas ordered him to say ‘Pray at your homes.’ The people began to look at each other (surprisingly). Ibn ‘Abbas said. “It was done by one who was much better than I (i.e. the Prophet or his Mu’adhdhin), and it is a license.’
- On a rainy, muddy day (extreme weather conditions), it is permissible for men to pray at homes.
Note: Those days, people had to travel on foot or on camels etc. Heavy rain affected them. We have weather-proof cars today. So try your best to pray at the mosque. If you can’t, you have a rukhsat (relaxation).
- The mu’adhin can announce ‘as-salatu fir-rihaal‘ (pray at your homes) during the Adhaan instead of ‘hayya alas-salaah‘ (come to prayer) in extreme weather conditions, as mentioned in this Hadith.
- Talking during the Adhaan isn’t encouraged. You’re supposed to answer the Adhaan. But if necessary, you may talk. (As Ibn Abbas did.)
- Don’t be afraid to follow the Sunnah even if it’s against the norms. You’re a Muslim. Wear your identity proudly. And may Allah be your Helper. :)
Following Islam. Do you find it hard? Like it’s impossible? It’s not practical in this time and age. It was for the Arabs 1400 years back. Not us.
If you get these kind of thoughts, better kick them out of your mind. NOT GOOD! Believe the Holy Prophet (SAW) when he says: Religion is easy. :)
Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet 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 to perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded; and gain strength by worshipping in the mornings, the nights.”
A few tips are given to make religion easy for us to follow. We’ll look at them one by one.
– Do not overburden yourself. Voluntary fasting is good, but doing it everyday non-stop isn’t. And frankly, you won’t be able to continue it for long.
– Try to be near perfection. Whatever you do, do it perfectly. Find out exactly how the Prophet (SAW) did it and follow the footsteps. When you’re doing it for Allah, hindrances lose their meaning.
– Receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded. Always keep the outcome of your efforts in mind. You don’t want people to acknowledge your good deeds, you want reward from Allah. It’ll become too easy.
– Gain strength by worshiping in the mornings and nights. The MOST important point. Tahajjud prayers. They give you so much strength and spiritual boost that keeps you going through the most difficult times in life. It’s the most beautiful time of the 24 hours. The time when Allah descends to the seventh Heaven. He’s so close. He listens to your prayers. He gives you what you ask for. Ask for strength, He’ll give you it. ;)
Conclusion: religion is easy. Our misunderstanding/misinterpretation makes it seem hard to us. And sometimes, we just get emotional. :D
Keep these few things in mind and inshaAllah you’ll find the words of the Prophet (SAW) to be true.