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Saturday, August 8, 2009

SOLAT: Not to resemble animals in solat

Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) prohibited the muslims from resembling the animals in positions of solat. The video below shows the positions and mistakes with some notes of what was said in the video:-

1) Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) prohibited from kneeling like the camels, so place the hands first before the knees.

2) Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) prohibited from pecking like the pecking of a cockerel, or a crow. Pecking of a cockerel refers to position of ruku' and the pecking of a crow refers to position of sujud.

3) Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) prohibited from looking around like a fox.

4) Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) prohibited from spreading of the arms the way a beast of prey does.

5) Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) prohibited from squatting like the squatting of a dog.

Note: In sujud, Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam) said: "When one of you performs sajdah (from position of standing), he should not kneel like a camel, but he should place his hands before his knees."
[an-Nasaa'i - Sahih]

So, when one performs the sujud, starting with his hands then his knees, this way he has differed from the camel's kneeling. The camel when it kneels, it starts with its knees before the rest of its body. So, performing sujud by going down on one's knees first will be resembling the camels.

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