(And Al-Bara was not a liar) Whenever we offered prayer with the Prophet and he raised his head from the bowing, we used to remain standing till we saw him prostrating.
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas:
Once solar eclipse occurred during the lifetime of Allah’s Apostle. He offered the eclipse prayer. His companions asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! We saw you trying to take something while standing at your place and then we saw you retreating.” The Prophet said, “I was shown Paradise and wanted to have a bunch of fruit from it. Had I taken it, you would have eaten from it as long as the world remains.”
Narrated Anas bin Malik:
The Prophet led us in prayer and then went up to the pulpit and beckoned with both hands towards the Qibla of the mosque and then said, “When I started leading you in prayer, I saw the display of Paradise and Hell on the wall of the mosque (facing the Qibla). I never saw good and bad as I have seen today.” He repeated the last statement thrice.
Stealing in Salah:
Narrated Anas bin Malik:
The Prophet said, “What is wrong with those people who look towards the sky during the prayer?” His talk grew stern while delivering this speech and he said, “They should stop (looking towards the sky during the prayer); otherwise their eye-sight would be taken away.”
I asked Allah’s Apostle about looking hither and thither in prayer. He replied, “It is a way of stealing by which Satan takes away (a portion) from the prayer of a person.”
- Looking here and there in Salah: wrong.
- Looking towards the sky in Salah: wrong.
- Stealing is Salah = Shaytaan takes away a portion from your prayer.
As in, something you worked for, but didn’t get.
- Where to look in Salah: your Sajdah place. Focus on one point. Avoid distraction.
When we’re offering Salah, our attention should be focused on the conversation we’re having with Allah (SWT). (Yes, you’re supposed to know what you’re saying!)
Anything that diverts your attention from Allah, should be removed. It can be uneasy clothes, too colorful/embroidered clothes, designs on the prayer mat etc. Prophet (SAW) got rid of the clothes which diverted his attention from Salah. (Takes courage!)
the Prophet prayed in a Khamisa (a square garment) having marks. During the prayer, he looked at its marks. So when he finished the prayer he said, “Take this Khamisa of mine to Abu Jahm and get me his Inbijaniya (a woolen garment without marks) as it (the Khamisa) has diverted my attention from the prayer.”
What, then, do you think of those thoughts that flood your mind when you’re ‘reciting’ the Salah? What’s a good way to get rid of them?
Hadith no 156 is a repeat. Read it here.
Narrated Abu Huraira:
I followed the Prophet while he was going out to answer the call of nature. He used not to look this way or that. So, when I approached near him he said to me, “Fetch for me some stones for cleaning the privates parts (or said something similar), and do not bring a bone or a piece of dung.” So I brought the stones in the corner of my garment and placed them by his side and I then went away from him. When he finished (from answering the call of nature), he used them.
Notice Abu Huraira (RA) saying: “He used not to look this way or that.” This is the aspect of the Hadith we’re discussing today.
Prophet (SAW) never looked here and there while walking. If he wanted to turn, he’d turn completely rather than just turning his neck. It shows his focus on his target. And etiquettes require us to turn completely towards the person we’re talking to. Merely tilting your neck is a sign of arrogance.
What to do now? Check yourself while walking. Do you have a goal in front of you or are you just wasting your time looking here and there? Secondly, when you’re talking to someone, do you turn towards them completely or just tilt your neck?