Shaikh al-Albaani

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In a Three or Four Rak’ah Prayer, When Does One Raise One’s Hands After Having Read the Tashahhud?


 

 

Questioner: In a three or four rak’ah prayer, does one raise one’s hands after the tashahhud when he intends to get up or after he [actually] gets up?

Al-Albaani: No, the first situation [that you mentioned is correct], when he is about to get up, not after it, before, when he intends to get up he says, “Allaahu Akbar,” and raises his hands.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 134.

How to Move Your Finger in Tashahhud—You Move it Up and Down a Lot in a Manner that Can Hardly Be Seen


Questioner: In some of your tapes we heard that moving the [index] finger in the tashahhud is not done by raising and lowering it, i.e., [but should be done by moving it] from the right to the left, so we implement this, walhamdulillaah, but the people ask us what the proof for that is?

Al-Albaani: How do you implement it?

Questioner: Ya’ni, I move my finger from the right to the left.

Al-Albaani: Who told you that?

Questioner: One of your tapes, O Shaikh.

Al-Abaani: No, you’re mistaken.

Questioner: What is the correct way?

Al-Albaani: The correct way is that you move it in its place, not to the right and left, in other words, you raise it and lower it but in a manner that can hardly be seen, understand?

Questioner: Understood, O Shaikh, understood.

Al-Albaani: As for moving it the right and left then this has crept in among you from your old madhhab, or from the madhhab of some of you in Algeria and Morocco and those countries on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, i.e., the Maaliki madhhab, they are the ones who do what you mentioned …

Questioner: In [your book] Sifatus-Salaatin-Nabee, you mentioned that when Imaam Ahmad was asked whether he pointed with his finger in the prayer he said, ‘Yes, intensely.’ Intensely, what does intensely mean here? The speed or what?

Al-Albaani: That is it, ya’ni, a lot.

Questioner: A lot?

Al-Albaani: Yes.

Questioner: Alhamdulillaah.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 564.

Also read this post.

How to Move Your Finger In Tashahhud—You Move it But You’re Not Supposed to Raise and Lower It Such that It’s Not Pointing To The Qiblah


 

Al-Albaani: I want to remind my brothers who are here that I noticed when some of them are praying and they move their finger in tashahhud, they move it too much in a way that is not legislated.

There is no doubt that moving the finger in tashahhud is the Sunnah, but many times our brothers from Ahlus-Sunnah mix this movement [of the finger] up with another thing which is not from the Sunnah, and that is lowering and raising it.

I noticed in this mosque that the brother, the Imaam, may Allaah reward with him good, is active in spreading the Sunnah, for I saw some of the people in the mosque moving their fingers in tashahhud, and this is proof that the Imaam, walhamdulillaah, is carrying out the duty of calling to the Sunnah.

So I saw some of these people and [also] some of our brothers with us on this trip, [I noticed] that they add something to this movement which can be described as lowering and raising, i.e., this is lowering and raising—this has no basis in the Sunnah, all that has been mentioned in the Sunnah is that it is moved, i.e., there is a Sunnah that should be observed when moving [the finger], i.e., that the finger should be pointing towards the Qiblah, so when you point it towards the Qiblah and move it, don’t lower it, because if you do then you have made it point towards the ground, and the ground is not your Qiblah, the Qiblah is in front of you.

So here is your knee, and your palm is on your knee, so as soon as you sit you curl your fingers up and make a circle with your thumb and your middle finger, then you raise your index finger and move it—don’t raise and lower it—this has no basis in the Sunnah, rather you move it in its place.

This is what I wanted to remind you of and reminders benefit the believers. 

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 494.

Also refer to this post for further clarification.

If Someone Finishes the Tashhahud and Then Remembers that He Only Prostrated Once, What Should He Do?


Questioner: If someone finishes the tashhahud and then remembers that he only prostrated once, what should he do?

Al-Albaani: He carries out the second prostration and then reads the tashahhud again and after that does the prostrations of forgetfulness [sujood as-sahw].

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 96.

Al-Albaani: Stay As You Are—Your Lord Created You.


Questioner: Some [people’s] bodies, ya’nee, like mine, when I, especially when the Imaam straightens our rows in the mosque on the line, we put, ya’nee, our toes on the line, and a big person like me when he sits for tashahhud he is distinct in front of those praying [i.e., he sticks out].

Should I move back until I’m [sitting] in line with them, or stay as I am, protruding …

Al-Albaani: No, [since if you did that then] so as not to stand out in front you will stand out from behind [if you moved back].

Questioner: Yes, this is it.

Al-Albaani: Stay as you are—your Lord created you.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 339.

How to Pray Maghrib Behind an Imaam who is Praying Ishaa



Questioner:
A person is late for Maghrib prayer, he enters the mosque and finds that the Imaam has started Ishaa prayer, or in the situation where he has to combine both Maghrib and Ishaa, he hasn’t prayed Maghrib, he enters the mosque and the Imaam has started Ishaa prayer—how does this person finish the Maghrib prayer, does he carry on with the Imaam or part with him?

Al-Albaani: In this situation he starts behind the Imaam who is praying Ishaa, but he makes the intention to pray Maghrib, in order to comply with putting one prayer before the other, but when the Imaam gets up for the fourth rak’ah [of Ishaa] this person makes the intention to part [with him], and remains sitting at the end of the third rak’ah, reads the tashahhud and gives salaam. Then he stands behind this Imaam who is still praying Ishaa and makes the intention to [now] pray Ishaa—whether or not he was able to join him before the rukoo’ [of the Imaam’s fourth rak’ah of Ishaa] or after it—what is important is that he joins [them] and prays Ishaa behind the Imaam after having prayed Maghrib with him.

Questioner: Ya’ni, he parts with him after the third rak’ah?

Al-Albaani: Yes.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 18.

Should Someone who Catches the Tashahhud of the Jumu’ah Prayer, Having Missed Both Rak’ahs, Pray Four?


Questioner: A questioner asks: someone who catches the tashahhud of the Jumu’ah prayer, having missed both rak’ahs, should he pray four?

Al-Albaani: Yes, he prays four, and the explanation of that is in my well-known book, ‘Al-Ajwibah an-Naafi’ah ’an Asilati Masjidil-Jaami’ah.’

Su’aalaat, vol. 2, p. 365.

Is Du’aa obligatory [waajib]?


 

“Is du’aa obligatory [waajib]?”

 

Shaikh al-Albaani said, “Du’aa in general is waajib[1].

And there are some supplications which are obligatory on certain [specific] occasions, like seeking refuge with Allaah from the four things [in the last tashhahud in the prayer]: from the punishment of Hell and the punishment of the grave, from the trials and tribulations of life and death and from the trial and temptation of Al-Maseeh Ad-Dajjaal, as occurs in the hadith of Bukhaari from Abu Hurairah, may Allaah be pleased with him, that he said, “The Prophet of Allaah, صلى الله عليه وسلم, said, ‘When one of you finishes the final tashahhud, then let him seek refuge with Allaah from four …’” So in this there is a clear order for the one who is praying to seek refuge from these four things at the end of his prayer.

For this reason it has been reported that Taawoos, the honourable taabi’ee, ordered the one who had not sought refuge with Allaah from these four things to repeat his prayer.””[2]

 


[1] The compiler Amr Abdul-Mun’im Saleem said, “That which proves this is his, صلى الله عليه وسلم saying, “Du’aa is worship,” and then he recited, And your Lord said, ‘Call upon Me, I will respond to your (invocation).’” [Ghaafir 40:60] Reported by Ahmad and others from An-Nu’maan ibn Basheer, may Allaah be pleased with him, with an authentic chain of narration. And Ahmad (2/443, 477) and others reported a hadith with a hasan chain of narration from Abu Hurairah, may Allaah be pleased with him, that the Prophet, صلى الله عليه وسلم, said, “Allaah is angry with whoever does not invoke Him.”

[2] The compiler Amr Abdul-Mun’im Saleem said, “This narration is reported by Muslim (1/413) from the hadith of Ibn Abbaas, in it there occurs, “Muslim Ibn al-Hajjaaj said, ‘It has reached me that Taawoos said to his son, ‘Did you supplicate with it in your prayer?’ He replied, ‘No.’ So he said, ‘Repeat your prayer.’’”

Al-Masaa’il al-Ilmiyyah wal-Fataawaa ash-Shar’eeyah, pp. 166-167.

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