Sunday, August 28, 2011

Random Facts about Prayers - Part 6

by Syed Adam Alhabshi

This is a simple series on some interesting facts on our obligatory prayers. For all of the articles in this series please click here.

Fact 9: The Three Recitations in Ruku’ and Sujud
I learned in my sprirtual class that there is a hadith reported by Abu Hurairah that the Prophet mentioned if you read subhana rabbial azimi (in ruku’) and subhana rabbial a’la (in sujud) once, one-third of your body is forbidden to enter Jahannam.

Therefore, reciting it three times would free your whole body from entering Jahannam (Hellfire).

So do not rush in "employing" these magnificent bodyguards the next time you pray. 

Read it slowly and take your time to do so. Discover its meaning and also pray and hope that it will be our shield from entering Jahannam

In this era, we will certainly need all the firewall and anti-Jahannam software/hardware we can get!

Fact 10: Wiping The Face After Prayer
Technically, our prayer ends when we give the final salam in our prayer after reading the tahiyyat recitation. That salam is meant to symbolize that we have ended our ihram and are now allowed to do the things that are forbidden in prayers when we take our takbiiratul ihram.

Most of the Malaysian would then wipe their face. I thought about this and I asked a learned man about it.

He told me that it is the sunnah that the Prophet used to wipe his face after giving salam to wipe away the dust and sand on his forehead.

Although we now would pray on a prayer mat and not on the floor where not much dust would be on our forehead after our prayers, it is still good to adopt the sunnah to wipe our face just as how the Prophet did.



Ifran said...

"It is not prescribed to place the hands over the face after finishing prayer or after finishing du’aa’. The best of guidance is the guidance of our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). When he said the salaam (at the end of prayer) he would pray for forgiveness three times, but he did not wipe his face with his hands after saying the salaam or after saying du’aa’.

It was narrated that Thawbaan (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: When the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) had finished his prayer, he would pray for forgiveness three times, and say: “Allaahumma anta al-salaam wa minka al-salaam, tabaarakta yaa dhaa’l-jalaali wa’l-ikraam (O Allaah, You are al-Salaam (the One Who is free from all defects and deficiencies) and from You is all peace, blessed are You, Possessor of majesty and honour)”. Narrated by Muslim (591)."

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