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‏الصلاة (The Book of Prayer)
CHAPTER: DESIRABILITY OF OBSERVING THE MORNING PRAYER AT EARLIER HOUR AND THAT IS THE TIME WHEN THERE IS DARKNESS BEFORE DAWN AND THE INFORMATION REGARDING THE LENGTH OF RECITATION IN IT  

No. 1345

'A'isha reported: The believing women used to pray the morning prayer with the Messenger of Allaah and then return wrapped in their mantles. No one could recognise them.

No. 1346

'A'isha, the wife of the Prophet of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam), reported: The believing women observed the morning prayer with the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) wrapped in their mantles. They then went back to their houses and were unrecognisable, because of the Messenger of Allaah's (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) praying in the darkness before dawn.

No. 1347

'A'isha reported: The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) used to observe the morning prayer, and the women would go back wrapped in their mantles being unrecognisable because of the darkness before dawn. (Ishaq b. Musa) al-Ansari (one of the transmitters in this chain of narration) narrated" wrapped" (only) in his narration. (No mention was made of mantles.)

No. 1348

Muhammad b. 'Amr b. al-Hasan b. 'All reported: When Hajjaj came to Medina we asked Jabir b. Abdullah (about the timings of prayer as observed by the Prophet). He said: The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) used to pray afternoon prayer in the midday heat; the afternoon prayer when the sun was bright; the evening prayer when the sun had completely set; and as for the night prayer, he sometimes delayed and sometimes (observed it) at earlier hours. When he found them (his Companions) assembled (at earlier hours) he (prayed) early. and when he saw them coming late, he delayed the (prayer). and the morning prayer the Prophet of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) observed in the darkness before dawn.

No. 1349

Muhammad b. 'Amr al-Hasan b. 'All reported: Hajjaj used to delay the prayers, and so we asked Jabir b. 'Abdullah, and the rest of the hadith is the same.

No. 1350

Sayyar b. Salama reported: I heard my father asking Abu Barza (al- Aslami) about the prayer of Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) I (Shu'ba, one of the narrators) said: Did you hear it (from Abu Barza)? He said: 1 feel as if I am bearing you at this very time. He said: I heard my father asking about the prayer of the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) and he (Abu Barza) making this reply: He (the Prophet) did not mind delaying-some (prayer) i. e. 'Isya' prayer, even up to the midnight and did not like sleeping before observing it, and talking after it. Shu'ba said: I met him subsequently and asked him (about the prayers of the Prophet) and he said: He observed the noon prayer when the sun was past the meridian, he would pray the afternoon prayer, after which a person would o to the outskirts of Medina and the sun was still bright; (I forgot what he said about the evening prayer) ; I then met him on a subsequent occasion and asked him (about the prayers of the Prophet; and he said: He would observe the morning prayer (at such a time) so that a man would go back and would recognise his neighbour by casting a glance at his face, and he would recite from sixty to one hundred verses in it.

No. 1351

Sayyar b. Salama reported: I heard Abu Barza saying that the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) did not mind some delay in the 'Isya' prayer even up to the midnight and he did not like sleeping before (observing it) and talking after it. Shu'ba said: I again met him (Sayyar b. Salama) for the second time and he said: Even up to the third (part) of the night.

No. 1352

Abu Barza b. Aslami is reported to have said: The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) delayed the night prayer till a third of the night had passed and he did not approve of sleeping before it, and talking after it, and he used to recite in the morning prayer from one hundred to sixty verses (and completed the prayer at such hours) when we recognised the faces of one another.




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