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AbouMohamed
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Posted on Fri, Oct 20, 2006 06:11

Description of the Prophet's prayer II 6- Reciting al-Faatihah 50-Then he should recite Soorat al-Faatihah (the first soorah of the Qur'aan) in full, including the Basmalah (Bismillaahi il-Rahmaan il-Raheem). This is an essential part of the prayer, without which the prayer is not valid. Those who do not speak Arabic must memorize this soorah. 51-Those who cannot remember it should say: "Subhaan Allah, wa'l-hamdu-Lillaah, wa laa ilaaha ill-Allah, wa Allahu akbar, wa laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa Billaah (Glory be to Allah, praise be to Allah, there is no god but Allah, Allah is Most Great, and there is no strength and no power except with Allah)." 52-The Sunnah is to recite it one verse at a time, and to pause at the beginning of each aayah. So he should say: "Bismillaah il-Rahmaan il-Raheem (In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful)," then pause. Then say, "Al-Hamdu Lillaahi Rabb il-'Aalameen (All the praises and thanks be to All?h, the Lord of the 'Aalameen (mankind, jinn and all that exists), then pause. Then say: 'al-Rahmaan il-Raheem (The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful), then pause? and so on, until the end of the aayah. This is how the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to recite the whole soorah, pausing at the end of each aayah and not joining one aayah to the next, even if there is continuity of the meaning. 53-It is permissible to read it as Maaliki Yawm id-Deen or Maliki Yawm id-Deen. How the one who is praying behind the imaam should recite it 54-The one who is praying behind the imam should recite it behind the imaam in prayers where Qur'aan in recited silently and in prayers where it is recited aloud, if he cannot hear the imam's recitation, or if he pauses after completing it so that those who are praying behind him can recite it. We think that this pause was not proven in the Sunnah. I say I have mentioned the evidence of those who think that this pause is permissible and the refutation of that evidence, in Silsilat al-Ahaadeeth al-Da'eefah, no. 546, 547, part 2, p. 24-26, Dar al-Ma'aarif edition. Recitation after al-Faatihah 55-It is Sunnah to recite ? after al-Faatihah ? another soorah, even in Salaat al-Janaazah (funeral prayer), or some aayahs, in the first two rak'ahs. 56-The recitation may be made lengthy sometimes, and shorter sometimes, for reasons of travel, coughing, sickness or the crying of an infant. 57-The recitation varies according to the prayers. The recitation in Fajr prayer is longer than it is in all the other prayers. Next longest is Zuhr, then 'Asr, then 'Isha', then Maghrib, usually. 58-The recitation in the night prayers (qiyaam al-layl) is longer than all of these. 59-The Sunnah is to make the recitation longer in the first rak'ah than in the second. 60-He should make the recitation in the last two shorter than in the first two rak'ahs, half the length. If you want more details on this topic, see Sifat al-Salaah p. 102 (Arabic original). Reciting al-Faatihah in every rak'ah 61-It is obligatory to recite al-Faatihah in every rak'ah. 62-It is Sunnah to add to it in the last two rak'ahs as well. 63-It is not permissible for the imaam to make his recitation longer than that which is described in the Sunnah, because that is difficult for those who may be praying behind him, such as the elderly and sick, or nursing mothers, or those who have other things to do. Reciting aloud and reciting quietly 64-Qur'aan should be recited aloud in Fajr and Jumu'ah prayers, Eid prayers, prayers for rain (istisqaa'), prayers at the time of an eclipse (kusoof) and in the first two rak'ahs of Maghrib and 'Isha'. He should recite silently in the first two rak'ahs of Zuhr and 'Asr, in the third rak'ah of Maghrib and in the last two rak'ahs of 'Ishaa'. 65-It is permissible for the imaam occasionally to make an aayah audible in the prayers where recitation is to be done silently. 66-In Witr and Qiyaam al-Layl, he should recite silently sometimes and aloud sometimes, and he should be moderate in raising his voice. Tarteel ? reciting at a measured pace 67-The Sunnah is to recite the Qur'aan at a measured pace, not quickly or hastily. It should be read in a manner that clearly distinguishes each letter, beautifying the Qur'aan with one's voice. He should observe the well known rulings of the scholars of Tajweed and he should not recite it in the innovated manner of singers or according to the rules of music. Prompting the imaam 68-It is prescribed for the one who is praying behind the imaam to prompt the imaam if he hesistates in his recitation. 7 ? Rukoo' (bowing) 69-When he has completed the recitation, he should pause briefly, to catch his breath. 70-Then he should raise his hands in the manner described for takbeerat al-ihraam (the takbeer at the beginning of prayer). 71-And he should say takbeer ("Allahu akbar"). This is obligatory. 72-Then he should do rukoo', bowing as deeply as his joints will let him, until his joints take the new position and are relaxed in it. This is an essential part of prayer. How to do rukoo' 73-He should put his hands on his knees, firmly, spacing the fingers out, as if he is grasping his knees. All of this is obligatory. 74-He should spread his back and make it level so that if water were poured on it, it would stay there (not run off). This is obligatory. 75-He should not lower or raise his head, but make it level with his back. 76-He should keep his elbows away from his sides. 77-In rukoo', he should say "Subhaana Rabbiy al-'Azeem (Glory be to my Lord, the Almighty) three times or more. There are others kinds of dhikr which may be said in rukoo', some of which are long, some of medium length and some short. See Sifat Salaat al-Nabi (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), p. 132, Maktabat al-Ma'aarif edition [The Prophet's Prayer Described, p. 44]. Making the essential parts of prayer equal in length 78-It is Sunnah to make the essential parts of prayer equal in length, so the rukoo', the standing after rukoo', the prostration and the sitting between the two prostrations should be make approximately the same in length. 79-It is not permissible to recite Qur'aan in rukoo' or in sujood. 8- Straightening up from rukoo' 80-Then he should straighten up from rukoo'. This is an essential part of the prayer. 81-Whilst straightening up, he should say, "Sami'a Allahu liman hamidah (Allah listens to the one who praises Him)." This is obligatory. 82-He should raise his hands when straightening up, in the manner described above. 83-Then he should stand straight until every vertebra has returned to its place. This is an essential part of the prayer. 84-Whilst standing thus, he should say, "Rabbanaa wa laka al-hamd (our Lord, to You be all praise)." (There are other kinds of dhikr which may be said at this point. See Sifat al-Salaah, p. 135/The Prophet's prayer described, p. 47). This is obligatory for every person who is praying, even if he is following an imaam, because this is the dhikr of standing after rukoo', and saying "Sami'a Allahu liman hamidah" is the dhikr of straightening up from rukoo'. It is not prescribed to put the hands one over the other during this standing, because this was not narrated (from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)). For more details, see Sifat Salaat al-Nabi, 1 ? Istiqbaal al-Qiblah (The Prophet's Prayer Described ? Facing the Ka'bah). 85-He should make this standing equal in length to the rukoo', as stated above. 9 ? Sujood (prostration) 86-Then he should say "Allahu akbar" ? this is obligatory. 87-He should raise his hands sometimes. Going down on the hands 88-Then he should go down into sujood on his hands, putting them down before the knees. This is what was commanded by the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), and it is proven that he did this, and he forbade imitating the manner in which a camel sits down, which camel is by kneeling with its forelegs first. 89-When he prostrates ? which is an essential part of the prayer ? he should put his weight on his palms and spread them out. 90-He should keep the fingers together. 91-And point the fingers towards the qiblah. 92-He should put his palms level with his shoulders. 93-Sometimes he should make them level with his ears. 94-He should keep his forearms off the ground. This is obligatory. He should not spread them along the ground like a dog. 95-He should place his nose and forehead firmly on the ground. This is an essential part of the prayer. 96-He should also place his knees firmly on the ground. 97-The same applies to his toes. 98-He should hold his feet upright with his toes touching the ground. All of this is obligatory. 99-He should make his toes point in the direction of the qiblah. 100-He should put his heels together. Being at ease in sujood 101- He should be at ease in sujood, distributing his weight equally on the parts of the body which should be in contact with the ground during sujood. They are: the nose and forehead, the palms, the knees, and the toes. 102- Whoever is at ease in his sujood in this manner has got it right. And this being at ease is also an essential part of the prayer. 103- In sujood, he should say, "Subhaana Rabbiy al-'A'laa (Glory be to my Lord Most High)" three times or more. (There are other kinds of dhikr also, see Sifat Salaat al-Nabi (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), p. 145/The Prophet's Prayer described, p. 55). 104- It is mustahaab to offer a lot of du'aa' during sujood, because it is a time when du'aa' is likely to be answered. 105- He should make his sujood almost as long as his rukoo', as described above. 106- It is permissible to prostrate on the bare ground, or on something covering the ground such as a garment or carpet, or a mat, etc. 107- It is not permitted to recite Qur'aan whilst prostrating. Iftiraash and Iq'aa' between the two sajdahs [Iftiraash means sitting on the left thigh with the right foot upwards and its toes pointed towards the qibla


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Posted on Thu, Oct 19, 2006 07:22

Asslkm Fatima, i think u need not to border ur friend. As a muslimah u should hold to the islamic principle. Allah has given man a brain n kalb. use these tools before embark anything.


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Posted on Wed, Oct 18, 2006 17:27

Waalaykum salam revertedfemale Plse refer to Surah Nur (S.24 V.31) And say to the believing women That they should lower Their gaze and guard Their modesty; that they Should not display their Beauty and ornaments except What (must ordinarily) appear Thereof; that they should Draw their veils over Their bosoms and not display Their beauty except To their husbands, their fathers, Their husband's fathers, their sons, Their husbands' sons, Their brothers or their brothers' sons, Or their sisters' sons, Or their women, or the slaves Whom their right hands Possess, or male attendants Free of sexual desires. Or small children who have no carnal knowledge of women....... Plse also refer to Surah Al Ahzab(S.33 V.59) O Prophet, tell your wives and daughters and the believing women to draw their outer garments over their persons (when out of doors). That is most convenient in order that they may be known (as such) and not molested....... In addition there is the Hadith or the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) who was chosen by Allah to be the role model for mankind. The following is a Tradition of the Prophet: "Ayesha (R) reported that Asmaa the daughter of Abu Bakr (R) came to the Messenger of Allah (S) while wearing thin clothing. He approached her and said: 'O Asmaa! When a girl reaches the menstrual age, it is not proper that anything should remain exposed except this and this. He pointed to the face and hands." (Abu Dawood) It should also be noted that the Hijab is not merely a covering dress but more importantly, it is behavior, manners, speech and appearance in public. Dress is only one facet of the total being.


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Posted on Wed, Oct 18, 2006 11:46

Assalamalaikum, could someone please tell me where in the Qur'an it says that we have to were hijab?true i have not yet read all of the qur'an, but i am told it is not essential for a Muslim to wear hijab...


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Posted on Sun, Oct 08, 2006 07:45

salam all- well said mount musa, `beauty' remains to be seen specially by the new look hijabis-where nothing is left to the imagination. But in all fairness those living in the west have serious conflicts to deal with on all levels, so i'm not judging anyones choice of dress code. It's beter to try and obey Allah's command than use our own hikma. As far as the whole inner beauty thing is concerned- it can change just like the physical beauty, for better or worse...so if any of you were already confused about the whole choosing spouse thing then I've probabluy just raised another question mark. Allah makes you mates of your own nature so trust your intuition and always make istikhara!


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Posted on Wed, Oct 04, 2006 15:36

That is way Allah commanded the believing women to cover their whole body except for one eye to see the way.


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Posted on Tue, Oct 03, 2006 12:15

Newsflash...you can still see a woman's beauty when she wears hijab...so don't assume all of us men are only focused on the inner of women just because she wears hijab.


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Posted on Tue, Oct 03, 2006 12:11

As salaamu alaikum sister Most of the brothers I know including myself would choose the sister in hijaab over the non-hijaab sister because she "appears" to have more taqwaa. It should be noted that there are exceptions, like if the sister is new to the deen, is ignorant of this law and the like. Not one of those I'll just wait until I'm married sisters, nor one of those sisters that knows the law and has no "real" excuse for not obeying it just her desires. Now for the 2 examples I gave, they'd still have to wear hijaab before I'd married them and truly show a love for this perfect deen.


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Posted on Mon, Oct 02, 2006 06:16

Aslmkm naners84 I laughed when i read your reaction. My ex colleague was lucky you were not around at that time.... LOL. The thought of punching her did not cross my mind, maybe because i am already used to adverse reations to the hijab by now. Funny how before, i never thought much about those in hijab. I respected them for their choice and treated them as any other friends of mine. But now that i myself am wearing the hijab, i realise that in addition to the effots of constantly trying to keep in the right path of Islam, the hijab ladies have also to battle with society's reaction as being **abnormal**. We cannot change the minds of the majority. The most important, i guess, is to be at peace with ourselves and let them have their say, unless they cross the line by obstructing our advancement prejudicely...


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Posted on Sun, Oct 01, 2006 18:00

Oh God...if i were in your situation i would have probably punched her..lol..no okay ..i would have held back..but thats what i would have wanted to do!! Its sooo sad to find so many women wanting to objectify themselves...thinking thats the ONLY way to get a man...its really very sad..and i pity them to tell you the truth. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


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