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Saturday, April 5, 2008

Fidgeting & making unnecessary movements in prayer

Hardly any of the people who pray are free from this problem, because they are not following the command of Allaah (interpretation of the meaning):
“. . . And stand before Allaah with obedience” [al-Baqarah 2:238];
and they fail to understand the words of Allaah (interpretation of the meaning):
“Successful indeed are the believers, those who offer their salaat with all solemnity and full submissiveness.” [al-Mu’minoon 23:1-2]
When the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was asked about smoothing the earth before prostrating, he said, “Do not wipe it when you are praying; if you have to, then just smooth the gravel once.” (Reported by Abu Dawud, 1/581; see also Saheeh al-Jaami’, 7452).
The scholars mentioned that continuous, excessive, unnecessary movement invalidates one’s prayer. How can those fidgets stand before Allaah, looking at their watches, straightening their clothes, putting their fingers in their noses, looking to the right and the left and up to the sky, and not fearing that Allaah may take away their sight or Shaytaan may steal their prayer??

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