Hadith & Seerah, The Teachings of the Holy Prophet, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS) / Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Hadrat Abu Hurairah (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that the Prophet used to stand (offering voluntary Salaah) till his feet/legs were swollen. Someone mentioned to him that when he had already received tidings about all his sins, past and present, having been forgiven, why he subjected himself to such exertion. He replied: “(As ALLAH has been so kind to me) should I not be a grateful servant?” [Shamail -e- Tirmizi]

The Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) is reported to have stated: “Salaah is the delight of my eyes.” [Khasail -e- Nabawi]

Hadrat Auf bin Malik (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated, One night I happened to be with the Prophet. He woke up from his sleep, cleaned his teeth and mouth with miswak (tooth-stick), performed Wudu and stood up for Salaah. I also stood up with him. He began to recite Surah al-Baqrah (ii) and that no verse announcing the grace and mercy of ALLAH passed without the Prophet stopping and seeking His Grace and Mercy and no verse relating to punishment passed without his stopping and beseeching the protection of ALLAH from punishment. Note-It is permissible to make such supplications in supererogatory Salaah but the language must be Arabic. It is, however, not correct to do so in fard (obligatory) Salaah. Then he bowed for ruku and paused about as long as he did for Qiyam and continued to recite “Glory to the Possessor of greatness, the Kingdom, Grandeur and Majesty.” Then rising upright from the ruku, paused for Qiyam for as much time and continued to say the same words. He then offered Sajdah and said the same similar words during it. In other rakahs he recited Surah al-Ali lmran (iii) and al-Nisa (iv) and al-Maidah (v) [Shamail -e- Tirmizi]

Hadrat Aishah (Radi Allahu Ta’ala Anha) narrated: One night the Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) kept repeating the same verse in the whole of the tahajjud Salaah. The verse was: “If Thou punish them, they are Thou servants, and if Thou forgive them Thou are mighty and wise.”[V-118}

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