Recitation Behind The Imam

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Recitation Behind The Imam     If you are praying in a congregation then you should not read anything behind the Imam Allâh says: ‘And when the Qur'ân is recited, listen to it attentively and remain silent, that you may receive mercy.’(7:204) Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah radiallahu anhu says, 'Rasulullah sallallahu alaihi wa sallam turned around after a salâh in which he had recited loudly. He enquired, "Has any one of you recited … [Read more...]

The Distance Of The Feet In Salah (Prayer)

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The Distance Of The Feet In Salah (Prayer)     Many Ahadeeth have been narrated about the straightening of the rows and they include a number of different expressions to emphasise this point, such as the following narrations: 1) Sayyiduna Anas (ra) narrates that the Prophet (saw) said, 'Pull your rows together, keep them close and keep your necks in line, for by He in Whose hands rests the soul of Muhammad, indeed I see the … [Read more...]

Placement Of The Hands In Salah (Prayer)

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Placement Of The Hands In Salah (Prayer)   The View Of The Four Schools Of Fiqh Hanafi The author of al Durr al Mukhtaar, explaining the Hanafi position says: 'For men the hands should be below the navel.' Maliki Imam Malik (ra) has three narrations: 1) Not fastening the hands at all but letting them hang at the sides. This is the most famous ruling of his madhab. 2) A choice of fastening or letting them hang at the sides. 3) Placing … [Read more...]

The Obligatory (Fard) Salat

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The Importance Of The Obligatory (Fard) Salat     Allah, the Exalted, says: "Guard strictly (the five obligatory) As-Salawat (the prayers) especially the middle Salat (i.e., the best prayer - `Asr).'' (2:238) "But if they repent and perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat) and give Zakat, then leave their way free.'' (9:5) Ibn Mas`ud (radiallahu anh) reported: I asked the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alayhi wasalam): "Which act is the … [Read more...]

The Importance Of The Sunnah Salah

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The Importance Of The Sunnah Salah     A person who leaves out the Sunan-e-Muakkadah Salaah out of carelessness, or habitually leaves them out, is considered a Faasiq (open transgressor). The following ruling is written in Tahtaawi, "A person who leaves out Sunan-e-Muakkadah is a Faasiq, a person who denies it is an innovator, and it is stated in Talweeh that leaving it out is close to Haraam."(Malfoozhaat Faqeehul Ummat, Vol. 1, … [Read more...]

Taraweeh – 20 Rakah or 8 Rakah?

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Taraweeh – 20 Rakah or 8 Rakah? With the commencement of Ramadan, the time to argue over matters established by the pious predecessors has arrived once again. The topic of argument is whether taraweeh consists of 20 or 8 rak’ah. Scholars have written myriad of books on this topic with overwhelming evidence, yet our ghair muqallideen brothers and sisters try to insist that it is 8 rak’ah.     It is … [Read more...]