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What Does Salah Mean?

We find that during certain prayers we remain silent even though the Qur'an directs us to utter our prayers in a moderate volume (neither too loud nor too soft). Some would argue that verse of the Qur'an is referring to Salaat the system of following Allah's commands closely. And it means call people to Allah's way in a moderate manner (not too aggressively neither too meekly).

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Authenticity Of The Worship Ritual Salah

I have been told that salah doesn't mean so called "namaz" and namaz is not made obligatory on Muslims. Furthermore, he says that, the takbeer with which we start the prayer saying "Allahu Akbar" is grammatically wrong. The word "Akbar" is not used by Allah for Himself in the Qur'an. In Arabic, word Akbar is used as comparative degree therefore, it cannot be used with Allah. Could you please answer this with Qur'anic proofs?

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Slah Of The Shi’is

I have been researching all the differences between sunnis and shiites. Can you tell me how different are there ways of praying? Why do certain people view their kalima to be wrong considering a small addition at the end? I want my concepts to be clear as the masses view shiites as non-Muslims. Is there any relevant proof in document (a fatwa) that says otherwise about the shia school of thought is right in their own regard.

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Purification For Prayer

I have got IUD (intra-uterine device) which causes intermittent bleeding for anywhere between 3- 6 months to settle in. As this is not the monthly bleeding, a couple of people said that if you bleed for any other reason, in Islam, it is then considered an illness. You can start to pray and recire Qur'an. Is this view in line with the Qur'an and the Prophetic teachings?

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Combining The Prayers

I am on a visit to the UK for about five months. Here in the UK the day and night hours these days (July) are such that one offers one's Isha prayers at 11 p.m. and the Fajr prayer timings start at 2:15 a.m.What should one do in such a situation regarding Tahajjud Prayers because you hardly get to bed when Fajr prayer timings start. Secondly, the Ulama here (I am told) have issued a Fatwa that the residents of the UK can combine Maghrab (9:34 p.m.) prayers with that of Isha and Zuhar with with Asar. What are your views about it?

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Differences In The Salah

I understand you say that the salah and other religious practices which form the basic content of religion have been taught by the Prophet (sws) to the entire generation of the Companions and the Conpanions transferred it to next generation (i.e tabioon). Then why there existed differences in the mode of salah among the successors or the succesors to the successors.

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Raf’ Yadayn In The Prayer

What is the difference between the viewpoints of Deobandis and Ahl-hadith on the question of raf'-yadayn?

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Why Is The Witr Prayer Included In Isha?

If the witr is tahujjud prayer, as you hold, then why do we offer it with isha and can you please tell me the method of offering it? Is it three raka’at with dua-i qunoot in the third raka’ah? If one misses isha prayer for some reason then does he have to make qaza (delayer performance) of witr like we do for obligatory prayer?

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Delayed (qada) Prayer

Could you please advise me on qaḍā prayer? Are we allowed to offer the delayed prayer with any of the five obligatory prayers? Also please explain if we can offer the left over prayers any time or it is necessary to offer a particular prayer only that time in the coming days.

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Witr And Sunnah Prayer

What is witr and what is the correct manner to perform it? Is it wajib or not? How is it performed? I also want to share that if tell people that sunnah is nafl they will stop performing the sunnah salat. I know somebody who after reading all the explanation from your website stopped offering the sunnah and the witr.

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Three Prayers

I have some questions for your kind consideration. 1-Quran describes three times of prayer and the sunnah five times. Please put light in the light of shia argument by Holy Qur'an: Chapter 17, Verse 78). 2-If bidah in every religious practice is not in a way as sanctioned by Prophet (sws) so how would you justify the religious practices sanctioned by Hazrat Umar? Like addition in azan-e-fajar, praising the Congregational Prayer of tarawi and second azan in juma prayer? 3-If hijab is only covering chest as mentioned in Quran so it means women can wear short skirts, sleeveless garments and shake hand with men and how would you comment if you do not consider the covering whole body except face, hands and feet as perpetual religious practice of Muslim women (sunnah)? 4-How would you comment on the expansion of Muslim empire in the regime of khulafa rashideen? Was it defensive jihad or offensive please give detailed answer?

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Reciting Basmalah In The Prayer

I have two questions. 1 - I asked you earlier about Bismillah in the beginning of Surah Fatiha. You gave a good answer but you didn't clear my doubt about whether it is necessary to recite it in the beginning of a prayer! And whether the prayer is acceptable if Bismillah is not recited ... since it is the part of Surah Fatiha.

2 - Suppose I went for the Isha'a Prayer and I missed one " raka'at ". Now I will pray with the imam the three raka'ats. When I get up to pray my missed raka'at, will it be my first raka'at or last? Will I recite a surah in it with Fatiha or just the Surah Fatiha?
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Totally Abandoning Obligatory Salah

Is it true that any believer who does not pray is not a true Muslim? I have read on a few websites that this is true can you clear up this confusion I have.

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Difference In Performance Of Salah

I have a question about the salah. If the Prophet (sws) offered salah in different ways then how can Hanfis, Hanbalis, Shafi‘is and Malikis insist on their set ways? Is not it a bid‘ah?

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Fighting Away Distraction In The Salah

My question is that when I am in prayer various thoughts come to my mind and disturb me. How can I pray with concentration?

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Obligation To Offer Salah In Congregation:

Why does Mr Ghamidi apply the divine law related to the Messengers to the congregational prayers? He seems to hold that the narratives ascribed to the Prophet (sws) directing the believers to compulsorily attend the prayers in congregation pertains to his time only and it is no more applicable afterwards? I mean what are the various intrinsic evidences within the narratives which point that the law should be applied?

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The Status Of Salāt Al-Tasbīh

I wanted to know the origin and significance of the prayer called Salāt al-Tasbīh.

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Number Of Sunnat-e-muakkadah

How sunnate- mukaida are to be offered before the fard salah in zuhr, asr, and isha? And, how are we supposed to offer it in the masjid before the fard salah?

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Reciting Surah Al-Fateha In The Congregational Salah

Do we have to recite surah fatiha in the silent (sirri) and in the loud (jahri salah) behind the imam? If yes, then how in the loud (jahri salah) when the imam is concluding the prayer?

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Questions About Witr

I would like to ask you some questions that have been in my mind for a while and I am very confused about them. Regarding Isha Prayer, I have heard that there are 4 Sunnah, 4 Fard, 2 Sunnah, 2 Nafl, 3 Witr and 2 Nafl. In other daily Prayers offering the fard is enough. However, in Isha Prayer offering just fard is not enough. For it is obligatory to offer 3 Witr. Without offering the Witr, Salah is not complete. I have also heard that Witr is part of Tahajjud and different sects decided together a long time ago to include it into Isha. This means if I don’t offer Witr, still my Isha is complete with just Fard. Is this true? As for Tahajjud, I have heard that it was obligatory for the Prophet (sws) only. It is not obligatory for the Ummah. Is this also true? I only offer Fard and try my best to offer it with the deepest honesty of my heart. Should I offer the Sunnah as well? I have recently started regularly offering Salah and try to perform all 5 obligatory Prayers to the best of my ability. However, I do miss Zuhr because of my comittment to work and unavailibility of suitable enviornemt. I offer Zuhr when I get home in the evening and perform this Prayer as Qada. Is my Prayer valid?

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