20 December 2014

13 Rulings Regarding the Salah – (Sh. Luhaydan)

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1) Can you close your eyes when you pray or look elsewhere if you feel this brings more focus in your salah?

It is not permissible to close eyes or to look to the left or right. You should look at your place of prostration. The person should abide by the legislation of the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم.

The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said:

“Whoever does an act that is not in accordance with this matter of ours will have it rejected.” (Narrated by A’isha رضي الله عنه. Sahîh Muslim)

If the person thinks that closing their eyes is better, then this person has sinned because it opposes what the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم did (He صلى الله عليه و سلم prayed with his eyes open). So the person should keep his eyes open and understand he is standing in front of Allah. The ruku and sajda is when the person is closest to their lord so look to where you are going to prostrate.


2) Is it permissible to walk in front of a person who is praying without a Sutra (barrier), even if you walk in front of him from far away?

You shouldn’t walk in front of a person if a barrier is placed (meaning not to walk between the barrier and the person). But if there is no barrier then you should not walk in front of him in the place of where a sutra would have been placed. So walk in front of where a Sutra would have been placed.


 3) If the imam prays 5 rak’at by mistake, what should you do?

If the imam did this and no one corrected him, then the Salah is correct. But if the people know that the imam erred in standing for a 5th rak’ah and didn’t say anything immediately, then the Salah isn’t valid. But if the people followed in the 5th and realized too late then the salah is valid but you do the prostration of forgetfulness. But if they all left the masjid and no one realizes then the Salah is valid.


 4) When should one move when praying with the imam?

The person should prepare to move when praying with imam, but should wait until the imam finishes “Allahu akbar” or “samiAllahuliman hamida” etc. The person should not move before.


 5) If a person has paint on his skin, should he wait until he gets it removed?

If the person has paint on where water needs to reach for wudu then the person needs to remove it. But if what remains is only the color and the water does reach the skin, then the person can pray.


 6) If the women are praying in a separate area for men, where is the best place to pray?

If they are totally separated from the men, then the women should stand in their first row. But if the women are in the same musalla as the men then back row is better. This is even in so in Masjid Al-Haram!


 7) If you are on a plane, what should you do if it’s time to pray?

The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said:

“Pray while standing and if you can’t, pray while sitting and if you cannot do even that, then pray lying on your side.” (Narrated by Imran bin Husain. Sahih Bukhari)

If you can position yourself to stand then try. If you can’t position yourself to stand, then sit. Fear Allah to the best of your ability.


8) I use you to pray behind an imam who use to elongate “Allahu Akbar”, and he did not stop after he was advised not to do this. What should one do?

If after you advise him he still does this then you should not pray behind him.


 9) Is the joining of the shoulders and feet mandatory in which they should touch?

It is not mandatory for them to touch, but you should decrease the gaps. (What is intended is that there should not be any space between you and those at the side of you because the greater the gap between you and those standing beside you the more the shaytaan will try to influence and distract you.)* So be as close as you can. The greatest act of worship is the Salah and the shaytan seeks to distract you in this act of worship so do what you can to minimize him from distracting you.


 10) If someone is a traveler and enters the masjid, do they have to pray Tahiya-tul masjid (two rak’at)?

The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم  said:

“If anyone of you enters a masjid, he should pray two rak`at before sitting.” (Narrated by Abu Qatada Al-Aslami. Sahih Bukhari)

This also applies to the traveler.


 11) What is your advice for a person who prays and raises his voice while making the necessary supplications in salah?

It is not permissible to harm your brothers who pray with you. It is not permissible for one to raise their voice when making supplications while praying.


12) When you hear the muazzin say “As salatu Khairum minan Naoom” (“Prayer is better than sleep) for the Fajr athan, do you repeat what he said?

Yes you should also repeat. The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said to say “La hawla wala quwata illa billah” (There is no might and no power except by Allah) specifically for “Hayya ‘ala’l-salaah (come to prayer)” and “Hayya ‘ala’l-falaah (come to success)” (Sahih Muslim/Bukhari).  Not for “As salatu Khairum minan Naoom” (Prayer is better than sleep).


 13) Is the right side of the row better to stand in?

The right side of the row is preferred but one should not ignore the left side. The rows shouldn’t not be only filled on the right side.


Taken from notes on 12/14/2014. Shaykh Luhaydaan’s class “Etiquettes of Walking to Prayer” with Live translation by Mustafa George.

* Question 9 was further clarified

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