Characteristics Of Prayer: Proper Rukuh and Sujud

Posted on July 13, 2009

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Volume 001 :: Book 012 (Characteristics Of Prayer) :: Hadith 709
Narated By Anas bin Malik :
The Prophet said, “Perform the bowing and the prostrations properly. By Allah, I see you from behind me (or from behind my back) when you bow or prostrate.”
Volume 001 :: Book 012 (Characteristics Of Prayer) :: Hadith 724
Narated By Abu Huraira :
Allah’s Apostle entered the mosque and a person followed him. The man prayed and went to the Prophet and greeted him. The Prophet returned the greeting and said to him, “Go back and pray, for you have not prayed.” The man went back prayed in the same way as before, returned and greeted the Prophet who said, “Go back and pray, for you have not prayed.” This happened thrice. The man said, “By Him Who sent you with the Truth, I cannot offer the prayer in a better way than this. Please, teach me how to pray.” The Prophet said, “When you stand for Prayer say Takbir and then recite from the Holy Qur’an (of what you know by heart) and then bow till you feel at ease. Then raise your head and stand up straight, then prostrate till you feel at ease during your prostration, then sit with calmness till you feel at ease (do not hurry) and do the same in all your prayers.”
Volume 001 :: Book 012 (Characteristics Of Prayer) :: Hadith 750
Narated By Abu Bakra :
I reached the Prophet in the mosque while he was bowing in prayer and I too bowed before joining the row mentioned it to the Prophet and he said to me, “May Allah increase your love for the good. But do not repeat it again (bowing in that way).”
Volume 001 :: Book 012 (Characteristics Of Prayer) :: Hadith 756
Narated By Mus’ab bin Sa’d :
I offered prayer beside my father and approximated both my hands and placed them in between the knees. My father told me not to do so and said, “We used to do the same but we were forbidden (by the Prophet) to do it and were ordered to place the hands on the knees.”
Volume 001 :: Book 012 (Characteristics Of Prayer) :: Hadith 757
Narated By Zaid binWahb :
Hudhaifa saw a person who was not performing the bowing and prostrations perfectly. He said to him, “You have not prayed and if you should die you would die on a religion other than that of Muhammad.”
Volume 001 :: Book 012 (Characteristics Of Prayer) :: Hadith 758
Narated By Al-Bara :
The bowing, the prostration, the sitting in between the two prostrations and the standing after the bowing of the Prophet but not Qiyam (standing in the prayer) and Qu’ud (sitting in the prayer) used to be approximately equal (in duration).
Volume 001 :: Book 012 (Characteristics Of Prayer) :: Hadith 759
Narated By Abu Huraira :
Once the Prophet entered the mosque, a man came in, offered the prayer and greeted the Prophet. The Prophet returned his greeting and said to him, “Go back and pray again for you have not prayed.” The man offered the prayer again, came back and greeted the Prophet. He said to him thrice, “Go back and pray again for you have not prayed.” The man said, “By Him Who has sent you with the truth! I do not know a better way of praying. Kindly teach Me how to pray.” He said, “When you stand for the prayer, say Takbir and then recite from the Qur’an what you know and then bow with calmness till you feel at ease, then rise from bowing till you stand straight. Afterwards prostrate calmly till you feel at ease and then raise (your head) and sit with Calmness till you feel at ease and then prostrate with calmness till you feel at ease in prostration and do the same in the whole of your prayer.”
Volume 001 :: Book 012 (Characteristics Of Prayer) :: Hadith 760
Narated By ‘Aisha :
The Prophet used to say in his bowing and prostrations, “Subhanaka-Allahumma Rabbana wa-bihamdika Allahumma-ighfirli.’ (I honor Allah from all what (unsuitable things) is ascribed to Him. O Allah Our Lord! And all the praises are for You. O Allah! Forgive me).”
Volume 001 :: Book 012 (Characteristics Of Prayer) :: Hadith 765
Narated By Thabit :
Anas used to demonstrate to us the prayer of the Prophet and while demonstrating, he used to raise his head from bowing and stand so long that we would say that he had forgotten (the prostration).
Volume 001 :: Book 012 (Characteristics Of Prayer) :: Hadith 766
Narated By Al-Bara’ :
The bowing, the prostrations, the period of standing after bowing and the interval between the two prostrations of the Prophet used to be equal in duration.
Volume 001 :: Book 012 (Characteristics Of Prayer) :: Hadith 767
Narated By Aiyub :
Abu Qilaba said, “Malik bin Huwairith used to demonstrate to us the prayer of the Prophet at times other than that of the compulsory prayers. So (once) he stood up for prayer and performed a perfect Qiyam (standing and reciting from the Holy Qur’an) and then bowed and performed bowing perfectly; then he raised his head and stood straight for a while.” Abu Qilaba added, “Malik bin Huwairith in that demonstration prayed like this Sheikh of ours, Abu Yazid.” Abu, Yazid used to sit (for a while) on raising his head from the second prostration before getting up.
Volume 001 :: Book 012 (Characteristics Of Prayer) :: Hadith 771
Narated By ‘Abdullah bin Malik bin Buhaina :
Whenever the Prophet used to offer prayer he used to keep arms away (from the body) so that the whiteness of his armpits was visible.
Volume 001 :: Book 012 (Characteristics Of Prayer) :: Hadith 772
Narated By Abu Wail :
Hudhaifa said, “I saw a person not performing his bowing and prostrations perfectly. When he completed the prayer, I told him that he had not prayed.” I think that Hudhaifa added (i.e. said to the man), “Had you died, you would have died on a tradition other than that of the Prophet Muhammad.”
Volume 001 :: Book 012 (Characteristics Of Prayer) :: Hadith 773
Narated By Ibn ‘Abbas :
The Prophet was ordered (by Allah) to prostrate on seven parts and not to tuck up the clothes or hair (while praying). Those parts are: the forehead (along with the tip of nose), both hands, both knees, and (toes of) both feet.
Volume 001 :: Book 012 (Characteristics Of Prayer) :: Hadith 774
Narated By Ibn ‘Abbas :
The Prophet said, “We have been ordered to prostrates on seven bones and not to tuck up the clothes or hair.”
Volume 001 :: Book 012 (Characteristics Of Prayer) :: Hadith 776
Narated By Ibn ‘Abbas :
The Prophet said, “I have been ordered to prostrate on seven bones i.e. on the forehead along with the tip of the nose and the Prophet pointed towards his nose, both hands, both knees and the toes of both feet and not to gather the clothes or the hair.”
Volume 001 :: Book 012 (Characteristics Of Prayer) :: Hadith 778
Narated By Sahl bin Sa’d : The people used to pray with the Prophet tying their Izars around their necks because of their small sizes and the women were directed that they should not raise their heads from the prostrations till the men had sat straight.
Volume 001 :: Book 012 (Characteristics Of Prayer) :: Hadith 781
Narated By ‘Aisha :
The Prophet used to say frequently in his bowing and prostrations “Subhanaka-Allahumma Rabbana Wabihamdika, Allahumma Ighfir-li” (I honor Allah from all what (unsuitable things) is ascribed to Him, O Allah! Our Lord! All praises are for You. O Allah! Forgive me). In this way he was acting on what was explained to him in the Holy Qur’an.
Volume 001 :: Book 012 (Characteristics Of Prayer) :: Hadith 784
Narated By Thabit :
Anas said, “I will leave no stone unturned in making you offer the prayer as I have seen the Prophet making us offer it.” Anas used to do a thing which I have not seen you doing. He used to stand after the bowing for such a long time that one would think that he had forgotten (the prostrations) and he used to sit in-between the prostrations so long that one would think that he had forgotten the second prostration.
Volume 001 :: Book 012 (Characteristics Of Prayer) :: Hadith 785
Narated By Anas bin Malik :
The Prophet said, “Be straight in the prostrations and none of you should put his forearms on the ground (in the prostration) like a dog.”
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