CONDITIONS FOR FOLLOWING THE IMAM


Fiqh, Kitaab us Salaat

  1. The niyyat of the follower (muqtadi) is to be simultaneous with the tahreemah.
  2. The imam’s heels have to be in front of the muqtadi’s.
  3. The condition of the imam cannot be inferior to the muqtadi’s. it is not proper for an imam who is praying a nafl namaaz to lead someone who is praying a fard namaaz but it is ok for an imam praying a fard to lead a follower who is praying nafl.
  4. The imam cannot be praying a different fard than the muqtadi. It the muqtadi for example is praying zuhr and the imam is praying asr, then the following of the muqtadi is not valid.
September 16, 2008

WHO’S IMAMATE IS DISLIKED?


Fiqh, Kitaab us Salaat

1. A faasiq (one who knows the deen but does major sins openly).

2. A bidati (an innovator in religion).

3. A blind person except if he is the best one in the group.

4. An ignorant person of the laws of namaaz when there is an Alim present.

5. A slave

6. The one who was born out of wedlock.

It is also makrooh to have a jamaat of only women and no men.

If there is a women only jamaat the one who will be imam will stand in the middle of the saff and not forward.

September 16, 2008

WHO HAS THE RIGHT TO BE IMAM?


Fiqh, Kitaab us Salaat

1. The Alim.

2. The best reciter of the Qur’an (the Qari)

3. The most pious.

4. The oldest.

5. The most virtuous in character.

6. The most handsome.

7. The one of most noble birth.

8. The one with the sweetest voice.

9. The one with the cleanest clothes.

It everyone is equal then you can draw lots or the people can vote and the majority wins. Some books of fiqh say the one with the prettiest wife. Also the regular imam has a right to lead the namaaz over a visiting imam from another masjid even if the visiting imam is more qualified to lead the namaaz. The owner of the house has more right to lead the jamaat in his house than anyone else.

September 16, 2008

THE TIMES WHEN IT IS PERMISSIBLE TO MISS THE JAMAAT


Fiqh, Kitaab us Salaat

1. When it is raining very hard.

2. When it is very cold and you think you will become sick or your sickness will increase.

3. When there is too much mud on the route to the masjid.

4. When it is very dark.

5. When the wind blows very hard at night.

6. When you are sick.

7. If you are blind.

8. When you are old and don’t have enough strength to walk to the masjid.

9. When you have to attend to someone who is sick.

September 13, 2008

IT IS SUNNAH FOR THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE TO PRAY IN JAMAAT


Fiqh, Kitaab us Salaat

1. Men, it’s not sunnah for women.

2. Adult, it’s not sunnah for children.

3. Sane, it’s not sunnah for the insane.

4. Healthy, it’s not sunnah for the handicapped.

5. Free, it’s not sunnah for a slave.

However, if any of the above (women, children, insane, handicapped, or slave) joins the jamaat, then the namaaz will be accepted and they will obtain reward.

September 13, 2008

THE VIRTUES OF JAMAAT


Fiqh, Kitaab us Salaat

Allah says in the Holy Quran: Bow down with those who bow down.

Hadith says: salaat with jamaat has 27 times more reward than salaat alone.

The Holy Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was constant his entire life in praying his salaat with jamaat. It wasn’t until the last few days of his (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) life when he was very sick that he gave up the jamaat.

Likewise the sahaba were the same way, meaning they never gave up the jamaat. They looked upon someone who missed jamaat as a hypocrite. The never missed the jamaat unless they had an excuse or they were travelling.

September 13, 2008

THINGS THAT ARE NOT MAKROOH


Fiqh, Kitaab us Salaat

1. To look out of the corner of your eyes left and right without turning your head.

2. To pray facing the Holy Quran.

3. To pray toward a man who’s back is to you and he is sitting talking to someone else.

4. To pray facing a candle or a lamp.

5. To repeat the same surah in both rakaats of a nafl namaaz.

6. To wipe dirt or grass from your forehead after finishing namaaz.

7. To wipe dirt or grass from your forehead during namaaz when it will disturb your concentration

September 13, 2008

MAKROOHAAT IN SALAAT


Fiqh, Kitaab us Salaat

1. NOT TO PERFORM A SUNNAT OF NAMAAZ INTENTIONALLY.

2. TO PLAY WITH YOUR CLOTHES OR BODY.

3. TO WEAR UNSUITABLE CLOTHES WHICH ONE WOULD NOT WEAR IN FRONT OF RESPECTABLE PEOPLE.

4. LEANING AGAINST SOMETHING IN NAMAAZ.

5. TURNING YOUR HEAD TO THE LEFT AND RIGHT WITHOUT NEED

6. PRAYING WHILE FACING SOMEONE

7. PRAYING WHILE YOU NEED TO ANSWER THE CALL OF NATURE

8. PRAYING ON LAND OTHER THAN YOUR OWN WITHOUT THE OWNER’S PERMISSION

9. PRAYING FACING A STOVE OR FIREPLACE

September 13, 2008

THINGS THAT BREAK SALAAT


Fiqh, Kitaab us Salaat

1. Not performing a condition from one of the outside conditions of namaaz (shart)

2. Not performing a fard element of namaaz

3. To talk in namaaz whether intentionally or by mistake (forgetfulness)

4. To make a dua in the namaaz similar to the dua of common people for example: O Allah marry me to fulaana. Or to say Oh Allah give me apples to eat I’m hungry.

5. To return salaams to someone with your tongue or shaking hands

6. Amali katheer-performing such an action by which an observer has the impression that one is certainly not performing namaaz

September 13, 2008

MUSTAHABBAAT


Fiqh, Kitaab us Salaat

1. To take out your hands from your sleeves when saying Takbeer

2. For the mussalli to look at the place of sajdah when standing

3. To look at the feet when in ruku

4. To look at the tip of the nose when in sajdah

5. To look at your lap when in jalsah (sitting position)

6. To look at the shoulders when making salaam

7. To resist coughing as far as possible

8. To cover the mouth when yawning

9. To recite the tashahud that was narrated by ibn Masood (ra)

September 11, 2008