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Between Iqaamah and Jama’ah (Hadith No. 632)


Volume 1, Book 11, Number 632:

Narrated Malik Ibn Buhaina:

Allah’s Apostle passed by a man praying two Rakat after the Iqama (had been pronounced). When Allah’s Apostle completed the prayer, the people gathered around him (the Prophet) or that man and Allah’s Apostle said to him (protesting), Are there four Rakat in Fajr prayer? Are there four Rakat in Fajr prayer?”

Prophet (SAW) was harsh about it because he wanted to make this clear: no Salah is to be offered except the compulsory Salah after the Iqaamah has been pronounced for that compulsory Salah.
Simply, if you’re praying in the masjid/with Jama’ah, you can’t pray any Salah in between the Iqaamah and the Jama’ah (congregation).
Remember, Adhaan and Iqaamah are different.


Talking after Iqaamah (Ahadith 615-616)


Hadith no. 614 is a repeat. Read it here.

Volume 1, Book 11, Number 615:

Narrated Anas:

Once the Iqama was pronounced and the Prophet was talking to a man (in a low voice) in a corner of the mosque and he did not lead the prayer till (some of) the people had slept (dozed in a sitting posture) .

That man kept talking to the Prophet (SAW) for a long time after the Iqaamah, so some people dozed off while waiting for him..

Volume 1, Book 11, Number 616:

Narrated Anas bin Malik:

Once Iqama was pronounced a man came to the Prophet and detained him (from the prayer).

So talking IS allowed after Iqaamah. That means, before Iqaamah, you’re not supposed to talk. :)
The time between the Adhaan and Iqaamah is of immense importance. Your prayers are accepted in that time. Why waste those golden moments by talking about random and useless stuff?


Waiting for the Imaam (Ahadith 610-613)


When you enter the masjid after Adhaan and there’s still some time before the salah starts, what do you do? How do you wait for the Imaam before he takes his place? Do you sit, do you walk around, do you talk etc.? Prophet (SAW) has advised us to sit in thw rows in order to wait for the Imaam. Get up from your place when you see the Imaam take his place. It comes under ‘following’.

Volume 1, Book 11, Number 610:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Abi Qatada:

My father said. “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘If the Iqama is pronounced then do not stand for the prayer till you see me (in front of you).’ “

Volume 1, Book 11, Number 611:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Abi:

Qatada, My father said, “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘If the Iqama is pronounced, then do not stand for the prayer till you see me (in front of you) and do it calmly.’ “

–> Specifically after the Iqamah has been pronounced, do not hurry to stand up for prayer. Wait for the Imaam to take his place and then stand up and make rows. And do it calmly!

Volume 1, Book 11, Number 612:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Apostle went out (of the mosque) when the Iqama had been pronounced and the rows straightened. The Prophet stood at his Musalla (praying place) and we waited for the Prophet to begin the prayer with Takbir. He left and asked us to remain in our places. We kept on standing till the Prophet returned and the water was trickling from his head for he had taken a bath (of Janaba).

In this case, Prophet (SAW) had just remembered that he was junub. So he instantly went and took a bath, instructing the followers to remain at their places. And I wonder at those followers. They remained at their places till Prophet (SAW0 came back. No questions asked. SubhanAllah! <3

Volume 1, Book 11, Number 613:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Once iqama was pronounced and the people had straightened the rows, Allah’s Apostle went forward (to lead the prayer) but he was Junub, so he said, “Remain in your places.” And he went out, took a bath and returned with water trickling from his head. Then he led the prayer.


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