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‏الصلاة (The Book of Prayer)
CHAPTER: PERMISSIBILITY OF OBSERVING NAFL (VOLUNTARY PRAYER) STANDING OR SITTING AND OBSERVING SOME PART OF IT IN SITTING OR STANDING POSTURES  

No. 1584

'Abdullah b. Shaqiq said: I asked 'A'isha about the Messenger of Allaah's (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) voluntary prayers, and she replied: Before the noon prayer, he used to pray four rak'abs in my house; then would go out and lead the people in prayer; then come in and pray two rak'ahs. He would then lead the people in the sunset prayer; then come in and pray two rak'abs. Then he would lead the people in the 'Isha' prayer, and enter my house and pray two rak'ahs. He would pray nine rak'ahs during the night, including Witr. At night he would pray for a long time standing and for a long time sitting, and when he recited the Holy Qur'an while standing, he would bow and prostrate himself from the standing position, and when he recited while sitting, he would bow and prostrate himself from the sitting position, and when it was dawn he would pray two rak'ahs.

No. 1585

'A'isha reported that the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) would pray in the night for a long time, and when he prayed standing be bowed in a standing posture, and when he prayed sitting, he bowed in a sitting posture.

No. 1586

'Abdullah b. Shaqiq reported: I fell ill in Persia and therefore, prayed in a sitting posture, and I asked 'A'isha about it and she said: The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) prayed for a long time in the night sitting.

No. 1587

'Abdullah b. Shaqiq al-'Uqaili reported: I asked 'A'isha about the prayer of the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) during the night (i. e. Tahajjud prayer) She replied: He used to pray for a long time standing and for a long time sitting in the night, and when he recited the Qur'an while standing, he would bow himself from the standing position, and when he recited while sitting, he would bow from the sitting position.

No. 1588

'Abdullah b. Shaqiq al-'Uqaili reported: I asked 'A'isha about the prayer of the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam). She said: The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) would observe prayer (Nafl) in a standing position as well as in a sitting position, and when he commenced the prayer in a standing position, he bowed in this very position, and when he commenced the prayer in a sitting position, he bowed in this very position.

No. 1589

'A'isha reported: I did not see the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) reciting (the Qur'an) in the night prayer in a sitting position, till he grew old and then he recited (it) in a sitting position, but when thirty or forty verses were left out of the Surah, he would then stand up, recite them and then bowed.

No. 1590

'A'isha reported: The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) used to pray while sitting (when he grew old) and he recited in this position and when the recitation equal to thirty or forty verses was left, he would then stand up and recite (for this duration) in a standing position and then bowed himself and then prostrated himself and did the same in the second rak'ah.

No. 1591

'A'isha reported: The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) used to recite in sitting position (while observing the Tahajjud prayer) and when he intended to bow, he would stand up and recite (for the duration in which) a man (ordinarily) recites forty verses.

No. 1592

Alqama b. Waqqas reported: I asked 'A'isha how the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) did in the two rak'ahs as he (observed them) sitting. She said: He would recite (the Qur'an) in them, and when he intended to bow, he would stand up and then bowed.

No. 1593

'Abdullah b. Shaqiq reported: I asked 'A'isha whether the Prophet of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) observed (Nafl) sitting. She said: Yes, when the people had made him old.

No. 1594

'Abdullah b. Shaqiq reported: I said to 'A'isha and she made a mention of that (recorded above) about the Prophet of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam).

No. 1595

'A'isha reported that the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) died (in this very state) that he observed most of his (Nafl) prayers in a sitting position.

No. 1596

'A'isha reported: When the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) grew bulky and heavy he would observe (most of his Nafl) prayers sitting.

No. 1597

Hafsa reported: Never did I see the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) observing supererogatory prayer sitting till one year before his death when he would observe Nafl prayer in a sitting position, and he would recite the Surah (of the Qur'an) in such a slow-measured tone (that duration of its recital) became more lengthy than the one longer than this.

No. 1598

Zuhri reported this hadith with the same chain of transmitters, except this that he made a mention of one year or two years.

No. 1599

Jabir b. Samura reported that the Prophet of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) observed (Nafl) prayer sitting before his death.

No. 1600

'Abdullah b. 'Amr reported: It was narrated to me that the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) had said: The prayer observed by a person sitting is half of the prayer. I came to him (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) and found him praying in a sitting position. I placed my hand on his head. He said: O 'Abdullah b. 'Amr, what is the matter with you? I said: Messenger of Allaah, it has been narrated to me that you said: The prayer of a man in a sitting position is half of the prayer, whereas you are observing prayer sitting. He (the Prophet) said: Yes, it is so, but I am not like anyone amongst you.

No. 1601

A hadith like this has been narrated by Abu Yahya al-A'raj with the same chain of transmitters.




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