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Common mistakes in salah that needs to be avoided

 

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.  

 The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: "Let not one of you support himself on

 his forearms (in sujood) like the dog. 

 Let him rest on his palms and keep his elbows away from his body."

 (Sahih Muslim)  

 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.  

 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.

 
 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.  

 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:

 "My beloved friend, Muhammad (SAW) forbade me to perform postures of

 prayer copying  the picking of a rooster; (signifying fast performance of

 prayer), moving eyes around like a fox and the sitting like monkeys ( i.e.

 to sit on thighs)." (Imam Ahmad & at-Tayalisi)  

 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 

 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.  Yasirah (RA) reported:  The Prophet (SAW) commanded women to

 count tasbeeh on their fingers.  

 The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said:  "They (the fingers) will be made to

 speak, and will be questioned (on the Day of Resurrection. )"

 (At-Tirmidhi) 
 The above Hadeeth indicates that it is preferable to count tasbeeh on the

 fingers of the right hand than to do so on masbahah (rosary).  

 Mistake 7 : Crossing in front of a praying person. 
 
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.

 

 

 

 

 


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