PRAYERS AND RELATED MATTERS



SAYINGS OF THE MESSENGER
(SALLALLAHO-ALAIHE-WA-AALEHI-WASALLAM)
SECOND PILLAR OF ISLAM

 PRAYERS AND RELATED MATTERS
22.  Sayyidina Uthmaan bin ‘Affan (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)
As for a Muslim who, when the time of prayer is at hand, performs ablution carefully, observes humility and bows devotedly, his behavior will be an expiration for his past sins as long as he has not committed a major sin. This (expiration) is for all time. (Muslim, Mishkat)
23.  Sayyidina Abu Hurayrah (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)
My people will be called on the Day of Resurrection while their faces and feet are bright being the result of ablution. (Muslim, Bukhari,  Mishkat)
24.  Sayyidina Abu Hurayrah (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)
Tell me, if there were a river at the door of one of you and he bathed himself in it five times every day, will he have dirt over him any more? The companions affirmed that he will not have any dirt on him. So, the Prophet (SALLALLAHO-ALAIHE-WA-AALEHI-WASALLAM) said, this is the example of the five daily prayers through which Allah removes sins. (Muslim, Bukhari, Mishkat)
25.  Sayyidina Abu Zarr (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)
Muslim worshipper observes prayer for the sake of Allah, his sins fall from him as the leaves fall from tree. (Ahmad, Mishkat)
26.  Sayyidina ‘Ali (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)
           
 O Ali! Do not delay observing three things:
1        Prayer when the time has come,
2        A funeral when it is there, and
3        The marriage of an unmarried woman when you find a match for her. (Tirmizi, Mishkat)

27.  Sayyidina Abu Hurayrah (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)

If people realized the excellence of Azaan and the first row (in the congregational prayer) then (to decide who calls the Azaan and who stands in the first row) they will surely draw lots if there is no alternative to that. Also, if they find out the immense rewards on observing prayer at the earliest time then they will compete with each other in doing that. Also, if they know the advantages in offering the I’sha and Fajr prayers with the congregation then they will surely make it to the two congregations even if they have to crawl on their knees. (Muslim, Bukhari, Mishkat, at-Targheeb wat Tarheeb)

28.  Sayyidina Uthmaan (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)
           
If anyone is in the mosque when the Azaan is called out but goes out of it after that without a valid reason, not intending to return, then he is a hypocrite. (Ibn-Majah, Targheeb)


29.  Sayyidina Wa’athila bin al-Asqa’(Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)

Keep your mosques safe from children and lunatics. Preserve them from buying and selling, loud gossip, punishing the criminals and unshielding swords. Build wash rooms at their gates and apply incense on them on Fridays. (Ibn-Majah, Targheeb)

30.  Sayyidina Abu Hurayrah (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)

The congregational prayer fetches reward that is twenty five times more than a person who prays at home or in the market. This is because if he performs ablution, being careful about it, and walks towards the mosque having no other reason for going out then he does not take a step but is elevated by a degree and gets a (minor) sin obliterated. Then when he begins his prayer, as long as he is there, the Angels invoke blessings on him in these words, “O Allah! Forgive him, have mercy on him.” And, as he is rewarded as if he is in prayer provided he does not harm anybody. (Bukhari, Muslim, Targheeb)

31.  Sayyidina Abullah bin Qurt (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)

On the day of Resurrection, man will be asked first of all about prayers. If that is found satisfactory, then all his deeds will be approved. But, if that is defective then all his deeds will be corrupted.  (Jabaraani; awsat, Targheeb)



32.  Sayyidina Abu Hurayrah (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)
A man is closest to his Lord when he is in the posture of prostration. (Muslim, Targheeb)

33.  Sayyidina Abu Uma’amah (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)
If the man who neglects congregational prayer knows the excellence enjoyed by those who join the congregation, he would surely walk to it even if he has to crawl on his knees. (Muslim, Targheeb)
34.  Sayyidina Anas (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)
If anyone has the pleasure of Allah in mind and joins the congregational prayer for forty days always with the first Takbeer, then he will be allowed deliverance of two kinds-deliverance from punishment of Hell and deliverance from hypocrisy. (Tirmizi, Targheeb)
35.  Sayyidina Abu Hurayrah (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)
Sometimes I feel like asking some young people to collect wood for me following which I would go to those people who offer their prayers at home without being ill, and set their houses alight. (Muslim, Targheeb)

36.  Sayyidina Jabir bin Abdullah (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)
After one of you has offered his prayers in the mosque, he must leave a portion of it to be offered at home. When a man offers prayer at home, Allah bestows blessings on it. (Muslim, Targheeb)
37.  Sayyidina Zayd bin Thabit (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)
O men! You should offer prayers at home too because apart from the obligatory (fard) (which is best offered in a masjid), the best pray for a man is that offered at his home. (Nasa’i, Targheeb)
38.  Sayyidina Abdullah bin Umar (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)
If anyone misses his ‘Asr prayer then it is as if he has lost his family and wealth. (Bukhari,Muslim, Targheeb)
39.  Sayyidina Abu Bakr (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)
If anyone happens to commit a sin but after that gets up, performs ablution, offers prayer and seeks forgiveness of Allah then Allah surely forgives him. (Tirmizi, Targheeb)
40.  Sayyidina Abdullah bin Abi Awfa (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)
If anyone has a need he wants from Allah or from some person, he must perform ablution, and do it well, and offer two Raka’at prayer. He must then praise and glorify Allah, invoke blessings on the Messenger of Allah and then make this supplication:
“There is no god except Allah, the Clement, the Kind, and the Unblemished Lord of the Great Throne. Praise belongs to Allah, Lord of the worlds. I beseech you for all causes of the grant of your Mercy and forgiveness, a full share of pious deeds, and a safety from sin. Let not any of my sins go unforgiven. O the most Merciful! Not any of my worries unrelieved, not any need that is agreeable to you unfulfilled, O the Most Merciful!”  (Tirmizi, Targheeb)
41.  Sayyidina Abu Ayub Ansaari (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)
If anyone has a bath on Friday and applies fragrance, if he has it, and dons the best clothes he has and goes to the masjid where he offers as many Raka’at as he can without inconveniencing anyone, and sits quietly after that (to listen to the sermon), then his behaviour is an atonement for his (minor) sins until the next Friday. (Ahmed, Targheeb)

Collected  from The Book “Sayings of The Prophet” (Peace Be Upon Him),  Written by Justice Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani &  Published by Darul Ishaat, Urdu Bazaar Karachi,  (collected by: Muhammad Sharif)

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