Common Mistakes!

September 27, 2008 at 5:10 am 8 comments

Try to avoid these common mistakes during Prayers !
 
 Spacing is determined by matching your legs space with your shoulder to shoulder distance!!!

 

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

 

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.

 

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

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 succeed…. Respect your presence in front of Allah and HE will respect your salah.

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.

 

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.

 

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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  • 1. nadia  |  September 27, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    I have noticed a lot of Muslims committing one or more of the mistakes that you’ve mentioned above in your post. Thank you for sharing these, I hope a lot of us will learn and avoid these mistakes starting from the next namaaz itself, InshaAlllah.

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  • 2. Niyaz  |  September 27, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Useful info bro 🙂

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  • 3. Wakas Mir  |  September 28, 2008 at 3:45 am

    Amazing stuff bro .. some of the things you mentioned really would help us a lot in becoming a better muslim.. and sara sawab you will get for that referral .. God bless

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  • 4. Thaakirah  |  September 28, 2008 at 9:29 am

    another mistake which happens by us is that many people tend to follow the imam immediatly after he recites allahuakbar…it is reported that al-Barra ibn azib said : we used to perform salah behind the prophet and he went down from a standing position to prostrate, n0t 0ne 0f us would bend his back until the messenger 0f ALlah had placed his forehead on the gr0und.then they would follow him’

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    Absolutely correct as I lot of time witness this mistakes done by people. It also happend lot of times that the people leave their hand before Imam finishes the zamey surah to go for rukuh..this is something strange and weird and ofcourse a bidaah..every actioned performed before the action of Imaam their prayers are going to be rejected.
    Thanks for your valuable comments and Welcome to my blog.

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  • 5. Ab  |  September 28, 2008 at 9:41 pm

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

    Can you please give the hadith number?
    Thanks
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    InshaAllah I will search and give you..Jazakallah khair

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  • 6. Thaakirah  |  September 29, 2008 at 1:55 am

    yeh.im going to speak to the imam at the m0sque in my area about this.inshalah. then maybe he c0uld inf0rm the people at jumuah prayers ab0ut this:-)
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    Jazakallah khair for your efforts..May Allah reward us for this act……Aameen.

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  • 7. emmjay2662  |  October 15, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Hello. With respect to your post topic, I am just wondering if there are any recommended tips you have for someone who is American and who like to visit and potentially work in Dubai, to be respectful of the prevailing culture but also still retain a sense of religious freedom (like we have in the US).

    Thank you for considering my inquiry. You have one of the most entertaining and informative blogs!

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    Hi, first of all Welcome to my blog and thanks for the wonderful compliment. Well as far as I knew about Dubai regarding expats especially from Western countries with potential are having handsome packages than the other expats. Out of all emirates, Dubai has very less restrictions and have culture free freedom.

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  • 8. nadia  |  October 15, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    @ emmjay,

    Dubai, as compared to the other emirates, has relatively less restrictions. As long as you’re decently dressed, don’t photograph random Muslim women, and don’t go out in public places while drunk, you’ll be fine 🙂

    Everyone is free to practice their religion here. Dubai has churches and temples. There are certainly no restrictions in observing your faith.

    Reply

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