Friday, December 5, 2008

Some Coomon Mistakes Durig Prayers

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Request you to kindly go through the demonstrations as to how important each act of our prayer is.. We have to offer our Salah as our Beloved Prophet Muhammed (SAW) offered and asked us to offer.

Prophet Muhammad SAW said "The coolness of my eyes lies in Salah". Just contemplate as to what is in Salah that it gave him so much pleasure and peace that our Prophet Muhammed (SAW) asked us to start our day with Salah and also end it with Salah. Even during the time of his death, the advice that he offered to his (SAW's) umath at large was to take care of the rights of their slaves and Salah.

Try to avoid these common mistakes during Prayers !

Spacing is determined by matching your legs space with your shoulder to shoulder distance!!!

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Pronouncing NEAH (willingness) and calling ALLAH AKBAR
loudly for late comers are two wrong things that happen in our Masjids

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Bad smelling breath from mouth due to eating some type of foods (onions and garlic)
or from clothes (socks, unclean clothes) are annoying to other people
and should be avoided as per our Islamic teaching.

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Don't rush and don't be too slow (it is JAMA'H prayer)
go with Muslims in timely manner
(In the drawing below, it is almost end of Fatihah and some one is still in Sujod)

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Yawning during prayers is wrong, try to avoid it……….

Will you do this if you are meeting an important person at work?

Remember, when you feel like Yawning, that you are facing ALLAH
so, try to suppress it and you will succeed….
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New line start MUST be directly behind the IMAM wherever he is.
People start their Jamma Salah some times in a corner. That is wrong.

The IMAM reads loudly and you should listen, but not that you read loudly
and others are disturbed by your reading…
In fact IMAMS reading is enough for all behind him.

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Some other Common Mistakes !

Mistake 1: Reciting Surat al-Fatiha fast without pausing after each verse.

The Prophet (SAW) used to pause after each verse of this surah. (Abu Dawood)

Mistake 2: Sticking the arms to the sides of the body, in rukoo' or sujood, and sticking the belly to the thighs in sujood...

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The Messenger of Allah (SAW) used to keep his arms away from his body during rukoo' and sujood that the whiteness of his armpits could be seen (Sahih Muslim).
Mistake 3: Gazing upward during prayer.

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This may cause loss of concentration. We are commanded to lower our gaze, and look at the point at which the head rests during sujood.
The Prophet (SAW) warned: "Let those who raise their gaze up during prayer stop doing so, or else their sights would not return to them. i.e. lose their eyesight]." (Muslim)

Mistake 4 : Resting only the tip of the head on the floor during sujood.
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The Prophet (SAW) said: "I am commanded to prostrate on seven bones the forehead and the nose, the two hands [palms], the two knees, and the two feet." (Sahih Muslim) Applying the above command necessitates resting the forehead and the nose on the ground during sujood.

Mistake 5 : Hasty performance of prayer which does not allow repose and calmness in rukoo' or sujood.
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The Messenger of Allah (SAW) saw a man who did not complete his rukoo' [bowing], and made a very short sujood [prostration] ; he (SAW) said: "If this man dies while praying in this manner, he would die upholding a religion other than the religion of Muhammad." Abu Hurairah (RA) said:

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: "The worst thief is the one who steals from his own prayer." People asked, 'Messenger of Allah! How could one steal from his own prayer?' He (SAW) said: "By not completing its rukoo' and sujood." (At Tabarani & al-Hakim)..

To complete rukoo' is to stay in that posture long enough to recite 'Subhana rabbiyal Adtheem' three times, SLOWLY, and 'Subhana rabbiyal-a'ala' three times, SLOWLY, in sujood. He (SAW) also announced: "He who does not complete his rukoo' and sujood, his prayer is void." (Abu Dawood & others)

Mistake 6 : Counting tasbeeh with the left hand
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The Prophet (SAW) used to count tasbeeh on the fingers of his right hand after Salah. Ibn Qudamah (RA) said: " The Messenger of Allah (SAW) used his right hand for tasbeeh." (Abu Dawood). The above hadeeth indicates clearly that the Prophet (SAW) used only one hand for counting tasbeeh. No Muslim with sound mind would imagine that the Prophet (SAW) used his left hand for counting tasbeeh. Aa'ishah (RA) said that the Prophet (SAW) used his left hand only for Istinjaa', or cleaning himself after responding to the call of nature. He never used it for tasbeeh..

Mistake 7 : Crossing in front of a praying person.

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The Messenger of Allah (SAW) warned: "Were the one who crosses in front of a praying person to know the consequences of doing so, he would have waited for *forty better than to cross in front of him." (Sahih Bukhari and Muslim).
*The forty in the tradition may be day's months or even years. Allah knows best.