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Persuading Relations To Offer The Salah

Hope you are doing fine. I am writing to you so that I may get some guidance in helping my colleagues come to salah. Considering the age group of university students, what do you think would be a good strategy to bring this into action?

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Offering The Salah Seeking Worldly Gains

Let us suppose someone is worshipping Allah but his intention when praying is not that may Allah save him from the hellfire and enter him into the paradise. His intention is that if I worship Allah he will be with me and help me in all the problems of my life. Then will he get the reward of his deeds on the Day of Judgment. Or what if someone prays to Allah to get closer to him?

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Sunnah Ghayr Mu’akkadah

What are the necessary recitations in the sitting posture (qa’da) of the second raka’ah in a four unit ghayr mu`akadah (unstressed) sunnah? Where do we finish off? Do we say the durood? Are the sunnahs before jum’ah mu’akkadah or ghayr mu’akkadah (stressed on unstressed)?

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Praying In A Room With Pictures On Walls

Can I offer salah in a room with pictures or photographs in the room?

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Do They Women Offer The Salah Differently?

I want to learn whether there is any difference between the prayer method for male and female worshipper. I read a book by Mufti Taqi Usmani. He wrote that there is a difference between the procedure prescribed for males and that for the females. If we visit UAE and other Arab countries we sees that both men and women offer the prayer the same way. Please clarify.

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Offering The Missed Prayer In Congregation

For some reason I missed my Zuhr prayer. When I got my first opportunity and reached the place reserved for prayers in the office premises, people were offering the ‘Asr prayer in congregation. I offered my Zuhr prayer with the congregation and later offered my ‘Asr prayer separately based on the information that no individual prayer can be offered during congregation and that during the battle of Khandaq when the Prophet (sws) missed prayers, he offered them at the first opportunity in the same order in which they fell due when missed. Mu‘adh Ibn Jabal (rta) used to lead ‘Isha prayer in congregation when he himself was offering supererogatory prayers. This shows that the Imam’s intention and that of his followers’ may be different. Was my action justified?

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Raising Hands During The Prayer

According to many reliable reports appearing in the most reliable works of Hadith like Sahih of Bukhari and Sahih of Muslim the Holy Prophet (sws) used to do Raf‘u’l-yadayn (raising hands up to one’s shoulders) when starting the prayer, going to Ruku‘, standing from it, and standing after saying Tashahhud. So I am confused as to why we are not supposed to do Raf‘u’l-yadayn on other occasion besides starting the prayer when the Holy Prophet (sws) did?

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The Status Of Salat Al-Tasbih

I wanted to know the origin and significance of the prayer called Salat al-Tasbih.

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Status Of The Tarawih Prayer

I have some questions regarding the Tarawih prayer that is offered during Ramadan. Did the Prophet Muhammad (sws) offer Tarawih prayer throughout Ramadan? Did he mention any specific reward for it? I read somewhere that the Holy Prophet (sws) did not offer the Tarawih prayer every day because he did not want people to think that it was an obligatory act. If this is true, what was the maximum number of days Muhammad (sws) prayed the Tarawih. Can I still go on praying the Tarawih for thirty days bearing in mind that it is a voluntary act for myself? Also please tell me what number of Rak‘at one should offer.

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The Friday Prayer

What is the nature of the sermon delivered in the Friday Prayer? Who is authorized to deliver it? What should the speaker say in the sermon? Is it obligatory to say it in Arabic?

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Second Congregation In Mosques

I have seen in many mosques that people come late for prayer and having missed the congregation they hold another. Is this practice endorsed by the basic religious sources?

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Is The Prayer Invalidated By A Passing Woman?

Please explain the following narrative regarding a woman passing in front of the one who is praying. Does it really nullify one’s prayer if a woman passes before them?

‘Abdullah Ibn Samit reports on the authority of Abu Dharr that the Prophet (sws) said: ‘When any one of you stands for prayer he is covered [from the passers by] if there is a thing before him equal to the back of the saddle. In case there is no such thing before him, his prayer would be nullified if a menstruating woman, a donkey or a black dog [passes in front of him]. (Muslim, No: 510)
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Praying With Hands Reclining On The Sides

I have read the following Hadith and commentary on it on a website:

It has been forbidden (by the Prophet) that one prays while reclining his hand on his sides. (Bukhari No: 1162)
According to the commentary given, there are two sides of everyone, the left and the right. Since keeping hands on one of them is a sign of arrogance, this is prohibited in Salah. The commentator has also quoted Al-Bayhaqi as reporting that the Holy Prophet (sws) said that the one who places his hands on the said places is actually the dweller of the fire.
The source mentions that the narrative appears in the Sahih of Bukhari and the Sahih of Muslim. I want to know, is this Hadith sound? Would you please explain it?
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Determining The Qiblah Direction While Travelling

How can one determine the Qiblah direction while praying in a moving ship?

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Why Is The Qur’an Whispered In Two Of The Congregational Prayers?

Why are daytime prayers offered silently and the night time prayers offered audibly?

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Raf’ Al-Yadain

How do we know that the majority of the Companions of the Prophet (sws) and their Successors (tabi’oon) did or did not perform rafa’ al yadain? Can you cite proper references?

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Offering The Prayers While Wearing Shoes

Is it necessary to take shoes off while offering the funeral Prayer? Can we offer the five daily and other optional Prayers with shoes on?

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Regarding Five Daily Prayers

When were five daily prayers enjoined upon the believers?

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Extending The Trousers Over The Ankles

Is it necessary to keep one's shalwar (lower garment) above one's ankles all the time or only when offering prayers?

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Reciting Surah Fatihah While Praying In Congregation

1. When praying behind the Imām, especially during Fajr, Magharib and Isha do we have to recite Surah al-Fatiha in the first two rakahs? If yes, then do we have to recite quietly along with the Imam or we wait for the Imam to finish reciting Surah al-Fatihah and then recite the surah when he is reciting another surah?

2. When we wake up late for the Fajr prayer, we have to wait for the sun to rise before we can pray. The question is, before we pray, what will be the intention i.e. will it be qada (making up for a missed prayer) or we pray just as a normal Fajr prayer and recite loudly.
3. As far as I know, the prophet (sws) received the revelation for twenty three years. What then is the meaning and implication of the following verse of Surah al-Baqarah?
The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’an. (Q 2:185)
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