12 Oct

Salat Q&A

Salat is one of the Five Pillars in the faith of Islam and an obligatory religious duty for every Muslim. It is a physical, mental, and spiritual act of worship that is observed five times every day at prescribed times.

Here are some common Questions and Answers regarding this topic:

Where should men place their hands while standing in salat?

Hazrat Abu Hurairah (R) is reported to have said that the hands should be placed below the navel, one hand over the other. [Abu Dawud] Hazrat Ali (R) is reported to have said that the sunnah is that while in salat, place one hand over the other below the navel. [Abu Dawud, Dar Qutni]

Should ameen be recited loudly or softly in salat?

Hazrat Wail bin Hajr said, “I performed salat behind Rasul Allah ( ). When he ( ) read gharil makhdubi alayhim waladualeen, he ( ) said ameen and said it softly. [Dar Qutni , Hakim] Hazrat Ibn Masood (R) has stated that in four things the Imam recites softly: Ta’awaz, Bismillah, Ameen, and Rabana Lakalhamd.” [As-siayah]

What harm is there in looking around while in salat?

Hazrat Jabir (R) narrates that Rasul Allah ( ) said, “When man stands in salat, Allah Ta’ala becomes attentive towards him. When his eyes begin to wander, Allah Ta’ala says, “O, Children of Adam! Towards what have you turned your attention? Who is there better than me?” When his eyes begin to wander again, then Allah Ta’ala replies in the same manner. When he does this the third time, then Allah Ta’ala completely turns away from him.

Does one have to stand up completely from ruku’ before going into sajdah?

A’isha (R) reported: “When he ( ) raised his head after bowing he did not prostrate himself till he had stood erect.” [Muslim] Hazrat Anas (R), while describing the salat of Rasul ( ), says, “He ( ) would perform salat and when he (S) would raise his head from ruku’ and stand, we would think he ( ) has forgotten (to go in sajdah).”

How much more reward is there for praying salat with a Jamath?

Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar (R) narrates that he heard the Prophet ( ) saying: “A salat with Jamath is twenty-seven times superior to salat performed individually.” [Bukhari, Muslim]

What is the benefit for praying the Fajr and Isha salat in the masjid for men?

Hazrat Sahl bin Sa’d (R) narrates the he heard the Prophet ( ) saying, “Give glad tidings to those who go to the musjid frequently during hours of darkness, for they will have perfect light on the Day of Judgment.” [Ibn Maja] Hazrat Abu Hurairah (R) narrates that he heard the Prophet ( ) saying, “Isha and Fajr Jamath are very difficult on the hypocrites. I wish I could ask the boys to collect a huge quantity of firewood for me and then I would go around and set fire to the dwellings of those who say their salat at their house without any excuse.” [Muslim]

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