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Seeking Refuge from Cowardice [Du`aas Included] (Ahadith 2470 – 2471)

Bismillah.

Volume 4, Book 52, Number 76 :
Narrated by ‘Amr bin Maimun Al-Audi
Sad (radiallaahu `anhu) used to teach his sons the following words as a teacher teaches his students the skill of writing and used to say that Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) used to seek Refuge with Allah from them (i.e. the evils) at the end of every prayer. The words are: ‘O Allah! I seek refuge with You from cowardice, and seek refuge with You from being brought back to a bad stage of old life and seek refuge with You from the afflictions of the world, and seek refuge with You from the punishments in the grave.’

In Arabic:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْجُبْنِ، وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ أَنْ أُرَدَّ إِلَى أَرْذَلِ الْعُمُرِ، وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ فِتْنَةِ الدُّنْيَا، وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ عَذَابِ الْقَبْرِ

Volume 4, Book 52, Number 77 :
Narrated by Anas bin Malik (radiallaahu `anhu)
The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) used to say, “O Allah! I seek refuge with You from helplessness, laziness, cowardice and feeble old age; I seek refuge with You from afflictions of life and death and seek refuge with You from the punishment in the grave.”

In Arabic:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْعَجْزِ وَالْكَسَلِ وَالْجُبْنِ وَالْهَرَمِ، وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ فِتْنَةِ الْمَحْيَا وَالْمَمَاتِ، وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ عَذَابِ الْقَبْرِ

These du`aas are usually included in the tashahhud part of salah, after durood. You may select your favorite version and memorize it.

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The Way to Tashahhud (Hadith No. 797)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Volume 1, Book 12, Number 797:

Narrated ‘Abdullah:

When we prayed with the Prophet we used to say, “Peace be on Allah from His slaves and peace be on so and so.” The Prophet said, “Don’t say As-Salam be on Allah, for He Himself is As-Salam, but say, ‘At-tahiyatu lil-lahi was-salawatu wat-taiyibatu. As-salamu ‘Alaika aiyuhan-Nabiyu warahmatu-l-lahi wa barakatuhu. As-salamu ‘alaina wa ‘ala ibadillahis-salihin. (If you say this then it will be for all the slaves in heaven or between heaven and earth). Ashhadu an la-ilaha illallahu wa ashhadu anna Muhammadan ‘Abduhu wa Rasuluhu.’ Then select the invocation you like best and recite it.” 

(See Hadith No. 794, 795 & 796).

P.S. you don’t have to select one du`a. You can recite as many as you want.  When you sit for Tashahhud, recite the first du`a, which is mandatory: at-tahiyyatu lillahi
After that comes the Durud: Allahumma salli `alaa muhammadin
And after that, select the invocation you like best and recite it. There are a lot of options to choose from. Bring variety to your Salah. :)

Wassalam.

Tashahhud Du`a – 2 (Hadith No. 795)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Volume 1, Book 12, Number 795:

Narrated ‘Aisha (the wife of the Prophet):

Allah’s Apostle used to invoke Allah in the prayer saying “Allahumma inni a’udhu bika min adhabil-qabri, wa a’udhu bika min fitnatil-masihid-dajjal, wa a’udhu bika min fitnatil-mahya wa fitnatil-mamati. Allahumma inni a’udhu bika minal-ma thami wal-maghrami. (O Allah, I seek refuge with You from the punishment of the grave and from the afflictions of Masi,h Ad-Dajjal and from the afflictions of life and death. O Allah, I seek refuge with You from the sins and from being in debt).”
Somebody said to him, “Why do you so frequently seek refuge with Allah from being in debt?” The Prophet replied, “A person in debt tells lies whenever he speaks, and breaks promises whenever he makes (them).”
‘Aisha also narrated: I heard Allah’s Apostle in his prayer seeking refuge with Allah from the afflictions of Ad-dajjal.

In Arabic:

 اللهم إني أعوذ بك من عذاب القبر، و أعوذ بك من فتنة المسيح الدجال، و أعوذ بك من فتنة المحيا وفتنة الممات،  اللهم إني أعوذ بك من المأثم والمغرم

Another version of the same du`a:

This is not one of the mandatory du`as of tashahhud. But since Prophet (SAW) used to recite it a lot, one must try and follow this particular Sunnah as much as possible.

Wassalam.

Tashahhud Du`a – 1 (Hadith No. 794)

Salam,
Bismillah.

There’s a list of du`as that can be recited in tashahhud. For your ease, I’m doing one du`a a post.

Volume 1, Book 12, Number 794:

Narrated Shaqlq bin Salama:

‘Abdullah said, “Whenever we prayed behind the Prophet we used to recite (in sitting) ‘Peace be on Gabriel, Michael, peace be on so and so. Once Allah’s Apostle looked back at us and said, ‘Allah Himself is As-Salam (Peace), and if anyone of you prays then he should say, At-Tahiyatu lil-lahi wassalawatu wat-taiyibatu. AsSalamu ‘alalika aiyuha-n-Nabiyu wa rahmatu-l-lahi wa barakatuhu. As-Salam alaina wa ala ibadil-lah is-salihin. (All the compliments, prayers and good things are due to Allah: peace be on you, O Prophet and Allah’s mercy and blessings be on you. Peace be on us an on the true pious slaves of Allah). (If you say that, it will be for all the slaves in the heaven and the earth). Ash-hadu an la-ilaha illa-l-lahu wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa Rasuluhu. (I testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and I also testify that Muhammad is His slave and His Apostle).”

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I’m sure you all know this one by heart, and you should! It’s mandatory to recite it in tashahhud.

Do keep its translation and meaning in mind while reciting it though. It’s really beautiful. AND it has a very interesting story behind it. Who knows it? :)

Wassalam.

On Missing the First Tashahhud (Ahadith 791-793)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Volume 1, Book 12, Number 791:

Narrated Muhammad bin ‘Amr bin ‘Ata’:

I was sitting with some of the companions of Allah’s Apostle and we were discussing about the way of praying of the Prophet. Abu Humaid As-Saidi said, “I remember the prayer of Allah’s Apostle better than any one of you. I saw him raising both his hands up to the level of the shoulders on saying the Takbir; and on bowing he placed his hands on both knees and bent his back straight, then he stood up straight from bowing till all the vertebrate took their normal positions. In prostrations, he placed both his hands on the ground with the forearms away from the ground and away from his body, and his toes were facing the Qibla. On sitting In the second Rak’a he sat on his left foot and propped up the right one; and in the last Rak’a he pushed his left foot forward and kept the other foot propped up and sat over the buttocks.”

Volume 1, Book 12, Number 792:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Buhaina:

(he was from the tribe of Uzd Shan’u’a and was the ally of the tribe of ‘Abdul-Manaf and was one of the companions of the Prophet): Once the Prophet led us in the Zuhr prayer and stood up after the second Rak’a and did not sit down. The people stood up with him. When the prayer was about to end and the people were waiting for him to say the Taslim, he said Takbir while sitting and prostrated twice before saying the Taslim and then he said the Taslim.”

Volume 1, Book 12, Number 793:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Malik bin Buhaina:

Once Allah’s Apostle led us in the Zuhr prayer and got up (after the prostrations of the second Rak’a) although he should have sat (for the Tashah-hud). So at the end of the prayer, he prostrated twice while sitting (prostrations of Sahw).

  • Sitting after two rak’aat is important. If one forgets to do so, he must perform sajda sahw: two sujud (prostrations) at the end of the prayer.
  • If one forgets to perform sajda sahw before Taslim (saying Salam), he may do the two prostrations after Taslim.

Wassalam.

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