(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.
Anas bin Malik said, “Whenever the Prophet went out with us to fight (in Allah’s cause) against any nation, he never allowed us to attack till morning and he would wait and see: if he heard Adhan he would postpone the attack and if he did not hear Adhan he would attack them.” Anas added, “We reached Khaibar at night and in the morning when he did not hear the Adhan for the prayer, he (the Prophet ) rode and I rode behind Abi Talha and my foot was touching that of the Prophet.
The inhabitants of Khaibar came out with their baskets and spades and when they saw the Prophet they shouted ‘Muhammad! By Allah, Muhammad and his army.’ When Allah’s Apostle saw them, he said, “Allahu-Akbar! Allahu-Akbar! Khaibar is ruined. Whenever we approach a (hostile) nation (to fight), then evil will be the morning of those who have been warned.”
Prophet (SAW) would delay his attack on the enemy if he heard Adhaan being called.
Adhaan generally saves from fitnah. Obviously, when Shaytaan ain’t there to whisper in your ears, you can’t do much evil.
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah’s Apostle said, “When the Adhan is pronounced Satan takes to his heels and passes wind with noise during his flight in order not to hear the Adhan. When the Adhan is completed he comes back, and again takes to his heels when the Iqama is pronounced, and after its completion he returns again till he whispers into the heart of the person (to divert his attention from his prayer) and makes him remember things which he does not recall to his mind before the prayer, and that causes him to forget how much he has prayed.”
My first response to the Hadith: so true!
Shaytaan runs as far as he can when he hears the words of Adhaan. THAT is your opportunity. Avail those Shaytaan-free moments. Turn back to Allah. Connect with Him. Pray. Seek forgiveness. Do that which Shaytaan has made extremely hard for you to do in your routine.
Shaytaan will return after the Adhaan. He’ll interrupt your prayer. And unless you seek Allah’s protection from him, he’ll remind you of all the unnecessary stuff during your prayer. So much so that you’ll forget which rak’at you were praying. (Ring a bell?)
Lesson: Make use of the golden moments five times a day when the Adhaan is being called. They’re like Ramadan, when it’s just you, your nafs and Allah (SWT). :)
Book 9: Virtues of the Prayer Hall (Sutra of the Musalla) starts today.
Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas:
Once I came riding a she-ass when I had just attained the age of puberty. Allah’s Apostle was offering the prayer at Mina with no wall in front of him and I passed in front of some of the row. There I dismounted and let my she-ass loose to graze and entered the row and nobody objected to me about it.
A few things:
- Imaam’s sutra* is enough for the whole congregation.
- If a kid/animal passes from in front of you during salah, your salah is still valid.
Exception: woman, donkey, black dog.It was reported from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn al-Saamit that Abu Dharr said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘If any one of you stands up to pray, then he has a sutrah [an item placed in front of a praying person as a “screen”] if he has something the height of the back of a saddle in front of him. If he does not have something the height of the back of a saddle in front of him, then his prayer is invalidated if a donkey or a woman or a black dog passes in front of him.’”
I [‘Abd-Allaah] asked, “O Abu Dharr, what is the difference between a black dog and a red or yellow dog?” He said, “O son of my brother, I asked the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) the same question, and he said, ‘The black dog is a shaytaan (devil).’” (Narrated by Muslim, 510).
- If an adult tries to cross your prayer space, you should not let them pass. Fight for it, if needed, for that is shaytaan trying to disturb your prayer.
Narrated Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri that the Prophet (SAW) said: “If any one of you is praying, he should not let anyone pass in front of him. Let him push him away as much as he can, and if he insists then let him fight him, for he is nothing but a shaytaan (devil)” [Bukhari: 487, Muslim: 505]