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‏الصلاة (The Book of Prayer)
CHAPTER: EXCELLENCE OF THE FORENOON PRAYER, TWO ARE ITS MINIMUM RAK'AHS AND EIGHT ARE ITS MAXIMUM RAK'AHS. AND AVERAGE RAK'AHS ARE FOUR OR SIX, AND EXHORTATION FOR THE OBSERVANCE OF THE PRAYER  

No. 1546

'Abdullah b. Shaqiq reported: I asked 'A'isha whether the Prophet of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) used to observe the forenoon prayer. She said: No, but when he came back from the journey.

No. 1547

'Abdullah b. Shaqiq reported: I aksed 'A'isha whether the Prophet of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) used to observe the forenoon prayer. She said: No, except when he came back from a journey.

No. 1548

'Urwa reported 'A'isha to be sayidg: I have never seen the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) observing the supererogatory prayer of the forenoon, but I observed it. And if the Messenger of Allaah (way sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) abandoned any act which he in fact loved to do, it was out of fear that if the people practised it constantly, it might become obligatory for them.

No. 1549

Mu'adha asked 'A'isha (Allaah be pleased with her) how many rak'ahs Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) prayed at the forenoon prayer. She replied: Four rak'ahs, but sometimes more as he pleased.

No. 1550

A hadith like this has been reported by the same chain of transmitters, but with this alteration that the transmitter said:" As Allaah pleased."

No. 1551

Mua'ada 'Adawiyya reported 'A'isha as saying: The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) used to observe four rak'ahs in the forenoon prayer and he sometimes observed more as Allaah pleased.

No. 1552

A hadith like this has been narrated by Qatada with the same chain of transmitters.

No. 1553

Abd al-Rahman b. Abu Laila reported: No one has ever narrated to me that he saw the Prophet of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) observing the forenoon prayer, except Umm Hani. She, however, narrated that the Prophet of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) entered her house on the day of the Conquest of Mecca and prayed eight rak'ahs (adding): I never saw a shorter prayer than it except that he performed the bowing and prostration completely. But (one of the narrators) Ibn Bashshar in his narration made no mention of the word:" Never".

No. 1554

'Abdullah b. Harith b. Naufal reported: I had been asking about, as I was desirous to find one among people who should inform me, whether the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) observed the forenoon prayer, but I found none to narrate that to me except Umm Hani, daughter of Abu Talib (the real sister of Hadrat 'Ali), who told me that on the day of the Conquest the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) came (to our house) after the dawn had (sufficiently) arisen. A cloth was brought and privacy was provided for him (the Prophet). He took a bath and then stood up and observed eight rak'ahs. I do not know whether his Qiyam (standing posture) was longer, or bending or prostration or all of them were of equal duration. She (Umm Hani) further said: I never saw him saying this Nafl prayer prior to it or subsequently. (Al-Muradi narrated on the authority of Yunus that he made no mention of the words:" He informed me." )

No. 1555

Abu Murra, the freed slave of Umm Hani, daughter of Abu Talib, reported Umm Hani to be saying: I went to the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) on the day of the Conquest of Mecca and found him taking bath, and Fatimah, his daughter, had provided him privacy with the help of a cloth. I gave him salutation and he said: Who is she? I said: It is Umm Hani, daughter of Abu Talib. He (the Prophet) said: Greeting for Umm Hani. When he had completed the bath, he stood up and observed eight rak'ahs wrapped up in one cloth. When he turned back (after the prayer), I said to him: Messenger of Allaah, the son of my mother 'Ali b. Abu Talib is going to kill a person, Fulan b. Hubaira whom I have given protection. Upon this the Messenger of Allaah (way sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: We too have given protection whom you have given protection, O Umm Hani. Umm Hani said: It was the forenoon (prayer).

No. 1556

Abu Murra narrated on the authority of Umm Hani that the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) on the day of the Conquest of Mecca observed in her house eight rak'abs of prayer in one cloth, its opposite corners having been tied from the opposite sides.

No. 1557

Abu Dharr reported Allaah's Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) as saying: In the morning charity is due from every bone in the body of every one of you. Every utterance of Allaah's glorification is an act of charity. Every utterance of praise of Him is an act of charity, every utterance of profession of His Oneness is an act of charity, every utterance of profession of His Greatness is an act of charity, enjoining good is an act of charity, forbidding what is distreputable is an act of charity, and two rak'ahs which one prays in the forenoon will suffice.

No. 1558

Abu Huraira reported. My friend (the Prophet, sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) has instructed me to do three things: three fasts during every month, two rak'ahs of the forenoon prayer, and observing Witr prayer before going to bed.

No. 1559

A hadith like this has been narrated by Abu Huraira by another chain of transmitters.

No. 1560

Abu Huraira reported: My friend Abu'l-Qasim (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) instructed me to do three things, and the rest of the hadith is the same.

No. 1561

Abu Murra, the freed slave of Umm Hani, narrated on the authority of Abu Darda': My Friend (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) instructed me in three (acts), and I would never abandon them as long as I live. (And these three things are): Three fasts during every month, the forenoon prayer, and this that I should not sleep till I have observed the Witr prayer.




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