Mu'awiya b. I said: Allah have mercy on you! The people stared at me with disapproving looks, so I said: Woe be upon me, why is it that you stare at me? They began to strike their hands on their thighs, and when I saw them urging me to observe silence I became angry but I said nothing.
When the Messenger of Allah may peace be upon him had said the prayer and I declare that neither before him nor after him have I seen a leader who gave better instruction than he for whom I would give my father and mother as ransom.
I swear that he did not scold, beat or revile me but said: Talking to persons is not fitting during the prayer, for it consists of glorifying Allah, declaring his Greatness. I said: Messenger of Allah. I was till recently a pagan, but Allah has brought Islam to us; among us there are men who have recourse to Kahins. He said, Do not have recourse to them. I said.
There are men who take omens. That is something which they find in their breasts, but let it not turn their way from freedom of action. I said: Among us there are men who draw lines. He said: There was a prophet who drew lines, so if they do it as they did, that is allowable.
I had a maid-servant who tended goats by the side of Uhud and Jawwaniya. One day I happened to pass that way and found that a wolf had carried a goat from her flock. I am after all a man from the posterity of Adam.
I felt sorry as they human beings feel sorry. So I slapped her.
I came to the Messenger of Allah may peace be upon him and felt this act of mine as something grievous I said: Messenger of Allah, should I not grant her freedom? He the Holy Prophet said: Bring her to me. So I brought her to him. He said to her: Where is Allah? She said: He is in the heaven. He said: Who am I? She said: Thou art the Messenger of Allah.
He said: Grant her freedom, she is a believing woman.
Abdullah b. Masu'd reported: We used to greet the Messenger of Allah may peace be upon him while he was engaged in prayer and he would respond to our greeting. But when we returned from the Negus we greeted him and he did not respond to us; so we said: Messenger of Allah. He replied: Prayer demands whole attention. Zaid b. Arqam reported: We used to talk while engaged in prayer and a person talked with a companion on his side in prayer till this verse was revealed: "And stand before Allah in devout obedience" ii, andwe were commanded to observe silence in prayer and were forbidden to speak.
Jabir reported: The Messenger of Allah may peace be upon him sent me on an errand. I having done the business ased to me came back and ed him as he was going on a ride. Qutaiba said that he was saying prayer while he rode. I greeted him. He gestured to me. When he completed the prayer.
Qutaiba said : His Prophet's face was towards the east, as he was praying. Jabir reported: The Messenger of Allah may peace be upon him sent me on an errand while he was going to Banu Mustaliq. I came to him and he was engaged in prayer on the back of his camel. I talked to him and he gestured to me With his hand, and Zuhair gestured with his hand.
I then again talked and he again gestured to me with his hand. Zuhair pointed with his hand towards the ground. I heard him the Holy Prophet reciting the Qur'an and making a with his head. When he com- pleted the prayer he sa'id: What have you done with regard to that business for which I sent you? I could not talk with you but for the fact that I was engaged in prayer. Zuhair told that Abu Zubair was sitting with his face turned towards Qibla as he transmitted this hadith.
Abu Zuhair pointed towards Banu Mustaliq with his hand and the direction to which he pointed with his hand was not towards the Ka'ba. Jabir reported: We were in the company of the Messenger of Allah may peace be upon himand he sent me on an errand, and when I came back I saw him saying prayer on his ride and his face was not turned towards Qibla.
I greeted him but he did not respond to me. As he completed the prayer, he said : Nothing prevented me from responding to your greeting but the fact that I was praying. This hadith that the Messenger of Allah may peace be upon him sent Jabir on an errand has been reported by him through another chain of transmitters.
Abu Huraira reported that he heard the Messenger of Allah may peace be upon him saying: A highly wicked one amongst the Jinn escaped yesternight to interrupt my prayer, but Allah gave me power over him, so I seized him and intended to tie him to one of the pillars of the mosque in order that you, all together or all, might look at him, but I remembered the supplication of my brother Sulaiman: "My Lord, forgive me, give me such a kingdom as will not be possible for anyone after me" Qur'an, xxxvii.
Abu Darda' reported : Allah's Messenger may peace be upon him stood up to pray and we heard him say: "I seek refuge in Allah from thee. When he finished the prayer, we said: Messenger of Allah, we heard you say something during the prayer which we have not heard you say before, and we saw you stretch out your hand. He replied : Allah's enemy Iblis came with a flame of fire to put it in my face, so I said three times: "I Seek refuge in Allah from thee.
Thereafter I meant to seize him.
I swear by Allah that had it not been for the supplication of my brother Sulaiman he would have been bound, and made an object of sport for the children of Medina. Abu Qatadi reported: I saw the Messenger of Allah may peace be upon him saying the prayer while he was carrying Umama, daughter of Zainab, daughter of the Messenger of Allah may peace be upon him. When he stood up, he took her up and when he prostrated he put her down,Yahya said: Malik replied in the affirmative. Abu Qatada al-Ansari reported: I saw the Apostle may peace be upon him leading the people in prayer with Umima, daughter of Abu'l-'As and Zainab, daughter of the Apostle of Allah may peace be upon himon his shoulder.
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When he bowed, he put her down, and when he got up after prostration, he lifted her again. Abu Qatada reported: I saw the Messenger of Allah may peace be upon him leading the people in prayer with Umama daughter of Abu'l-'As on his neck; and when he prostrated he put her down. Abu Qatada reported : As we were sitting in the mosque, the Messenger of Allah may peace be upon him came to us, and the rest of the hadith is the same except that he made no mention that he led people in this prayer. Abu Hazim is reported on the authority of his father: Some people came to Sahl b.
Sa'd and began to differ about the wood of which the Prophet's pulpit was made. He Sahl b. Sa'd said: By Allah, I know of which wood it is made and who made it, and the day when I saw the Messenger of Allah may peace be upon him seated himself on it on the first day. I said to him: O Abu Abbas kunyah of Sabl b. Sa'dnarrate to us all these factsHe said: The Messenger of Allah may peace be upon him sent a person to a woman asking her to allow her slave, a carpenter, to work on woods to prepare a pulpit so that I should talk to the people sitting on it.
Abu Hazim said: He Sahl b. Sa'd pointed out the name of that lady that day. So he the carpenter made a pulpit with these three steps. Then the Messengerof Allah may peace be upon him commanded it to be placed here where it is lying now. It was fashioned out of the wood of al-Ghaba. And I saw the Messenger of Allah may peace he upon him standing upon it and glorifying Allah and the people also glorified Allah after him, while he was on the pulpit. He then raised his head from prostration and stepped back on his heels till he prostrated himself at the base of pulpit, and then returned to the former place and this movement of one or two steps continued till the prayer was complete.
He then turned towards the people and said: O people, I have done it so that you should follow me and learn my mode of prayer. Abu Hazim reported: They the people came to Sahl b. Sa'd and they asked him of what thing the pulpit of the Apostle of Allah may peace be upon him was made, and the rest of the hadith is the same. Abu Huraira reported from the Apostle of Allah may peace be upon him that he forbade keeping one's hand on one's waist while praying, and in the narration of Abu Bakr the words are : The Messenger of Allah may peace be upon him forbade to do so.
Mu'aiqib quoted the Apostle of Allah may peace be upon him mentioning the removal of pebbles from the ground where he prostrated himself. He the Prophet said: It you must do so, do it only once. Mu'aiqib said: They asked the Apostle may peace be upon him about the removal of pebbles in prayer, whereupon he said: If you do it, do it only once. Umar reported: The Messenger of Allah may peace be upon him saw spittle on the wall towards Qibla, and scratched it away and then turning to the people said: When any one of you prays, he must not spit in front of him, for Allah is in front of him when he is engaged in prayer.
Ibn Umar reported that the Messenger of Allah may peace be upon him saw sputum sticking to the Qibla wall of the mosque, the rest of the hadith is the same. Abu Sa'id al-Khudri reported: The Apostle of Allah may peace be upon him saw sputum sticking to the Qibla of the mosque.
He scratched it off with a pebble and then forbade spitting on the right side or in front, but it is permissible to spit on the left side or under the left foot. Abu Huraira and Abu Sa'id narrated that the Messenger of Allah may peace be upon him saw sputum, and the rest of the hadith is the same. Abu Huraira reported that the Messenger of Allah may peace be upon him saw some sputum in the direction of the Qibla of the mosque.
He turned towards people and said : How Is it that someone amongst you stands before his Lord and then spits out in front of Him? Does any one of you like that he should be made to stand in front of someone and then spit at his face? So when any one of you spits, he must spit on his left side under his foot. But if he does not find space to spit he should do like this.