Fiqh Series: Authentic Narrations On What Actions Are Disliked During The Prayer

Disliked Actions of the Prayer

1)  Fidgeting/Moving around without any need:

Mu’ayqeeb narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi was sallam) said about a man levelling the dirt when he prostrated, “If you must do so, then do it only once.”[1]

2)  Placing the hands on the waist during the prayer:

Abu Hurairah said the he (the Prophet Sallallahu alayhi was sallam) forbade that one should pray with his hands on his waist.”[2]

3)  Looking up towards the sky:

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu alayhi was sallam said “People should stop looking towards the sky while supplicating in prayer or their sight may be taken away from them.” [3]

4)  Looking around without any need:

A’ishah said, “I asked the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu alayhi was sallam) about looking around while praying and he said, “This is a part that is stolen swiftly by satan from the prayer of the servant.”[4]

5)  Looking at something distracting i.e. pictures etc.

A’ishah said, “The Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi was sallam) had prayed in a shirt that had some markings on i. he then said, “These markings distracted me in the prayer. Take it to Abu Jahm and bring me a heavy garment with no markings.”[5]

6)  Yawning in salah:

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi was sallam) said, “Yawning in the Prayer is from satan. Therefore, if one of you yawns, he should restrain it to the best of his ability.”[6]

7)  Spitting towards the Qiblah or on the right:

Jabir said the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu alayhi was sallam) had said, “When you stand to prayer, Allah is in front of you. Therefore, do not spit in front of yourself or towards your right side. But spit towards your left, underneath your left foot. But if you are compelled to do so suddenly, he should spit in his garment like this,” then he folded part of his garment over another part of it.[7]

8)  Intertwining fingers before the salah:

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu alayhi was sallam) said, “If one of you makes ablution in his house and then comes to the Mosque, he is in the prayer until he returns. Therefore he should not do like this,” and he intertwined his fingers.[8]

9)  Spreading  the forearms out (like a dog) while in Sujood:

Anas narrated that the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu alayhi was sallam) said, “Be level in the prostration and you should not spread your forearms out like a dog does.”[9]

10) Praying whilst food is served or while one has the urge to defecate or urinate:

A’ishah said that she heard the Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi was sallam) say, “There is to be no prayer when the food is presented or when one needs to relieve himself.”[10]

11)  Folding or tucking back the hair or the garment

Abdullah ibn Abbas narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi was sallam) said, “I have been ordered to prostrate on seven bones and not to fold back garments or hair.”[11]

 12)  Proceeding the Imam in salah

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi was sallam) said, “Don’t you fear that if you raise your head before the Imam that Allah may make your head the head of a donkey or give him the appearance of a donkey?”[12]

 

References:

[1] Recorded in Bukhari and Muslim

[2] Recorded in Bukhari and Muslim

[3] Recorded in Muslim and Nasa’i

[4] Recorded in Bukhari, Abu Dawud and Nasa’i

[5] Recorded in Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud, Nasa’i, Ibn Majah.

[6] Recorded in Tirmidhi and by Ibn Khuzaymah, hadith graded Sahih

[7] Recorded in Muslim and Abu Dawud

[8] Recorded in Imam Hakim’s Mustadrak. Graded Sahih by albani

[9] Recorded in Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmizi, Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah

[10] Recorded in Muslim and Abu Dawud

[11] Recorded in Bukhari, Muslim and Nasa’i

[12]Recorded in Bukhari, Muslim, Sunan Abi Dawud, Nasa’i and Sunan Ibn Majah

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2 thoughts on “Fiqh Series: Authentic Narrations On What Actions Are Disliked During The Prayer

  1. khadija

    As salaamu alaikum Rahmatulilaahi wa Barakatuhu! Shukran for the reminder for those of us who know and the lesson for those of us who don’t know! May Allaahsubhanah wa ta’ala be pleased with your efforts! Ameen

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