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Lack of concentration in salaat

One of the worst forms of theft or cheating is cheating in prayer. The Messenger of Allaah (s.a.w) said: “The worst type of thief is the one who steals from his prayer.” The people asked, “O Messenger of Allah, how can a person steal from his prayer?” He said: “By not doing rukuu’ and sujud properly.” (Reported by Imaam Ahmad, 5/310; see also Saheeh al-Jaami’, 997). This lack of composure and failure to pause in rukuu’ and sujud and to stand up straight after rukuu’ or sit up properly between sujuds may be observed in many of those

One of the worst forms of theft or cheating is cheating in prayer. The Messenger of Allaah (s.a.w) said: “The worst type of thief is the one who steals from his prayer.” The people asked, “O Messenger of Allah, how can a person steal from his prayer?” He said: “By not doing rukuu’ and sujud properly.” (Reported by Imaam Ahmad, 5/310; see also Saheeh al-Jaami’, 997). This lack of composure and failure to pause in rukuu’ and sujud and to stand up straight after rukuu’ or sit up properly between sujuds may be observed in many of those who pray, and hardly any mosque is free of examples of people who do not have the proper composure in prayer.

Correct composure is one of the pillars of prayer, without which prayer is invalid. This is a serious matter. The Prophet (s.a.w) said: “A man’s prayer is not good enough until his back is straight in rukuu’ and sujud.”

One of the worst forms of theft or cheating is cheating in prayer. The Messenger of Allaah (s.a.w) said: “The worst type of thief is the one who steals from his prayer.” The people asked, “O Messenger of Allah, how can a person steal from his prayer?” He said: “By not doing rukuu’ and sujud properly.” (Reported by Imaam Ahmad, 5/310; see also Saheeh al-Jaami’, 997). This lack of composure and failure to pause in rukuu’ and sujud and to stand up straight after rukuu’ or sit up properly between sujuds may be observed in many of those who pray, and hardly any mosque is free of examples of people who do not have the proper composure in prayer.

Correct composure is one of the pillars of prayer, without which prayer is invalid. This is a serious matter. The Prophet (s.a.w) said: “A man’s prayer is not good enough until his back is straight in rukuu’ and sujud.” (Reported by Abu Dawud

There is no doubt that lacking the proper composure is bad, and the person who is guilty of this deserves to be reprimanded and threatened with punishment. Abu ‘Abdullaah al-Ash’ari reported that the Prophet (s.a.w) led his Companions in prayer, then he sat with a group of them. A man came in and started to pray, but made his movements rapid like a chicken pecking the ground. The Prophet (s.a.w) said: “Do you see this? Whoever dies having done this has died outside of the community of Muhammad, and his prayer is like a crow pecking blood. The person who bows then pecks in his sujud is like a hungry man who eats no more than one or two dates – what good will that do him?” (Reported by Ibn Khuzaymah in his Saheeh 1/332; see also al-Albaani, Sifat Salaat al-Nabi (The Prophet’s Prayer described), 131). Zayd ibn Wahb said: “Hudhayfah saw a man who was not performing rukuu’ and sujud properly. He said: ‘You have not prayed, and if you were to die, you would die on a way other than that revealed by Allah to Muhammad (s.a.w).’” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, see al-Fath, 2/274). Once a person is aware of this ruling, if he fails to perform prayer without the proper composure, he should desist from it and observe his prayer with outmost composure, attention and high spiritual mood. In fact the hadith further states that“Repeat your prayer, for you have not prayed.”

May Allah accept our salat. Amin.

eported by Abu Dawud

There is no doubt that lacking the proper composure is bad, and the person who is guilty of this deserves to be reprimanded and threatened with punishment. Abu ‘Abdullaah al-Ash’ari reported that the Prophet (s.a.w) led his Companions in prayer, then he sat with a group of them. A man came in and started to pray, but made his movements rapid like a chicken pecking the ground. The Prophet (s.a.w) said: “Do you see this? Whoever dies having done this has died outside of the community of Muhammad, and his prayer is like a crow pecking blood. The person who bows then pecks in his sujud is like a hungry man who eats no more than one or two dates – what good will that do him?” (Reported by Ibn Khuzaymah in his Saheeh 1/332; see also al-Albaani, Sifat Salaat al-Nabi (The Prophet’s Prayer described), 131). Zayd ibn Wahb said: “Hudhayfah saw a man who was not performing rukuu’ and sujud properly. He said: ‘You have not prayed, and if you were to die, you would die on a way other than that revealed by Allah to Muhammad (s.a.w).’” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, see al-Fath, 2/274). Once a person is aware of this ruling, if he fails to perform prayer without the proper composure, he should desist from it and observe his prayer with outmost composure, attention and high spiritual mood. In fact the hadith further states that“Repeat your prayer, for you have not prayed.”

May Allah accept our salat. Amin.

who pray, and hardly any mosque is free of examples of people who do not have the proper composure in prayer.

Correct composure is one of the pillars of prayer, without which prayer is invalid. This is a serious matter. The Prophet (s.a.w) said: “A man’s prayer is not good enough until his back is straight in rukuu’ and sujud.” (Reported by Abu Dawud

There is no doubt that lacking the proper composure is bad, and the person who is guilty of this deserves to be reprimanded and threatened with punishment. Abu ‘Abdullaah al-Ash’ari reported that the Prophet (s.a.w) led his Companions in prayer, then he sat with a group of them. A man came in and started to pray, but made his movements rapid like a chicken pecking the ground. The Prophet (s.a.w) said: “Do you see this? Whoever dies having done this has died outside of the community of Muhammad, and his prayer is like a crow pecking blood. The person who bows then pecks in his sujud is like a hungry man who eats no more than one or two dates – what good will that do him?” (Reported by Ibn Khuzaymah in his Saheeh 1/332; see also al-Albaani, Sifat Salaat al-Nabi (The Prophet’s Prayer described), 131). Zayd ibn Wahb said: “Hudhayfah saw a man who was not performing rukuu’ and sujud properly. He said: ‘You have not prayed, and if you were to die, you would die on a way other than that revealed by Allah to Muhammad (s.a.w).’” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, see al-Fath, 2/274). Once a person is aware of this ruling, if he fails to perform prayer without the proper composure, he should desist from it and observe his prayer with outmost composure, attention and high spiritual mood. In fact the hadith further states that“Repeat your prayer, for you have not prayed.”

May Allah accept our salat. Amin.


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