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07-09-2010 @ 9:23 AM    Notify Admin about this post
Aboo Ahmad unspecified (New Zealand)
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Assalaamu `alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. Does anyone have any daleel with regards to where the sight should be during Rukoo`? I read somewhere that it should be between the feet when you are in Rukoo`, so I am unsure at the moment. Jazaakumullaahu khairan.

07-11-2010 @ 7:43 AM    Notify Admin about this post
Umm Rizqin unspecified (As-shehr,Yemen)
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wa'alaykum salaam warahmatullaah


Taken from the book: "The Clarified Ruling Of Mistakes Done In Salaah" By: Mashhoor Hassan Al-Salmaan (Hafidhahullah)

Raising one`s eyesight up wards or else where except
the place of prostration:

One of muslims` mistakes when doing Salaat is raising one`s eye
sight towards the sky, the Imaam, to the left or the right, the thing
which paves the way for waswasah and Sahwu to take place. A
muslim is ordered [by the prophet (salallahu`alayhe wasallam)] to lower his/her gaze downwards to the prostration spot,(2) except in Tashahhud in which case one`s eye sight should be directed to one`s [right] index finger only. It was affirmed that the prophet (salallahu`alayhe wasallam) never moved his eye sight beyond his index finger.(3)

Al-`Izz Ibn Abdis Salaam was asked about those who believe
that`the one doing Salaat should direct his eye sight toward his feet
when doing Rukoo' , to his nose when doing Sujood and to his lap in
the sitting posture`, is their opinion supported by any hadeeth,`Athar
or even a rationale??

He answered [as reported] in his Fataawaa (p. 68):`This is not
true; their opinion is not based on any kind of evidence whether
from the Qur`aan or Sunnah. Allaah (Azza Wa Jall) knows best`.
[Proofs from the Sunnah]:

(1)`Aishah said:`I asked the prophet (salallahu`alayhe wasallam) about the Hukm of looking here and there in Salaat`. He (salallahu`alayhe wasallam) said:`This is the portion which Shaitaan steals from one`s Salaat`.(4)

(2)`Anas (RadhiAllahu Anhu) said: the prophet (salallahu`alayhe wasallam) said:`what is the matter with those who raise their eyesight towards the sky in their Salaat`, then he (salallahu`alayhe wasallam) spoke angrily saying:`Unless they stop doing such an act, their eyesight will be taken away form them`.(5)

(3) Aboo Hurairah (RadhiAllahu Anhu) said: The prophet (salallahu`alayhe wasallam) said:`Unless those who raise their eyesights towards the sky when reciting Dużaa in their Salaat stop doing such a thing, their eye sight will be taken away from them`.(6)

(4) Jaabir Ibn Samurah (RadhiAllahu Anhu) said: The prophet (salallahu`alayhe wasallam) said:`Unless
those raising their eye sights in Salaat towards the sky stop doing
such an act, their eye sights will never be returned back to

The aforementioned ahaadeeth state clearly the grave threat
addressed against those who raise their eye sights towards the sky
in Salaat; accordingly, all the`Ulamah agreed on the prohibition of
such an act.(8)

It is also detested for a muslim to look here and there in Salaat
for no need,(5) as stated in the first hadeeth, for this is from Shaitaan
who causes a muslim to be distracted form his Salaat. Such an act
was refered to [in the hadeeth] as `stealing` for Shaitaan snaps a
portion of a muslim`s Salaat so easily with out facing any sign of
defense form the part of the prayer. When a muslim looks here and
there in his Salaat, Shaitaan seizes this chance at once and steals
some of the muslim`s attention lest he be fully given to his Rabb.(9)

Such an act does not, however, nullify one`s Salaat except when
one turns his back to the Qiblah, as Ibn Abdil Barr stated; he said:
żThe Jumhoor agreed that looking here and there does not render
one`s Salaat null and void provided that it is slight`.

It is also detested for a muslim to perform his Salaat towards that
which may distract one`s attention from Salaat or in a place full of
pictures or even on a carpet attractively decorated, as was
mentioned previously. This all distracts a muslim`s attention from
being fully given to Salaat or fully directed towards the Qiblah.

(2) See: the article in `Al-Mujtamaż magazine` (issue no. 855) titled with` Tanbeehaat
żAlaa Ba`di`Akhtaa` Allatee Yafżaluha Ba`dul Muslimeen Fee Salaatihim`.

(3) Narrated by Aboo Daawood in `As-Sunnan` (vo. 1 /no. 260), An-Nasaa`ee in `Al-mujtabaa` (vol. 3 / p. 39), Ibn Khuzaimah in his `Saheeh` (vol. 1 / no. 355), Ibn Hibbaan in his `Saheeh` (vol. 3 / p. 308), Ahmad in `Al-Musnad` (vol. 4 / no. 15),
Aboo`Uwaanah in `Al-Musnad` (vol. 2 / no. 226), Al-Bagawi in `Sharhus Sunnah`
(vol. 3 / no. 178) and Al-Baihaqi in `As-Sunnan Al-Kubraa` (vol. 2 / no. 132). The hadeeth is authentic.

(4) Narrated by Al-Bukahri in his `Saheeh` (vol. 2 / no. 234), (vol. 6 / no. 338), Aboo Daawood in `As-Sunnan` (vol. 1 / no. 239), At-Tirmithee in `Al-Jaamiż` (vol. 2 / no. 482), An-Nasaa`ee in `Al-Mujtaba` (vol. 3 / no. 8), Ahmad in `Al-Musnad` (vol. 6 /  no. 70, 106) and Al-Haakim in `Al-Mustadrak` (vol. 1 / no. 237) and said` Both
Bukhaaree and Muslim narrated it` although Muslim did not as Ibn Al-Mulaqqin said in `Tuhfatul Muhtaaj` (vol. 1 / p. 361) and Ahmad Shaakir in his commentary on `Jaamiż At-Tirmithee` (vol. 2 / p. 485).

(5) Narrated by Al-Bukhari in the `Saheeh` (vol. 2 / no. 233), An-Nasaa`ee in `Al-Mujtabaa`
(vol. 3 / no. 7), Aboo Daawood in `As-Sunnan` (vol. 1 / no. 240) Ibn Maa-jah in `As-
Sunnan` (vol. 1 / no. 332) and Ahmad in `Al-Musnad` (vol. 3, no. 109, 112, 115, 116, 140, 258).

(6) Narrated by Muslim in his `Saheeh` (vol. 1 / nl. 321), An-Nasaa`ee in `Al-Mujtaabaa`
(vol 3 / no. 39), and Ahmad in `Al-Musnad` (vol. 2 / no. 367).

(7) Narrated by Muslim in his `Saheeh` (vol. 1 / no. 321), Aboo Daawood in `As-Sunnan`
(vol. 1 / no. 240), Ibn Maajah in `As-Sunnan` (vol. 1 / no. 332) and Ahmad in `Al-Musnad` (vol. 5 / no. 90).

(8) See: `Sharh Saheeh Muslim` by An-Nawawee (vol . 4 / p. 152), `Fathul Mulhim` (vol.2 / pp. 64 - 5) and `Fafhul Baaree`. (vol. 2 / p. 234).

(9) `Fathul Baaree` (vol. 2 / p. 235).

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