Monday, December 28, 2009


December 28th, 2009

How did the Prophet (peace be upon him) pray?

Did he bless himself like we bless him?

What about the tashahhud?

"All worships are for Allah. Allah's peace be upon [me?], O [me] and His mercy and blessings. Peace be on us and on all righteous servants of Allah. I bear witness that their none worthy of worship except Allah, and I bear witness that [I] [am] His servant and messenger."

..That would be kind of awkward.

But this is a legit question. Anything from the Quran on how he prayed?


Constructive Attitude said...

1. i love ur new header/template thing
2.i love this cartoon thing that you have up. where did you find this?
3. to answer your question, i have no idea.
4. thank you for your support (via my post :) )

GTFrenzy said...

Good question. We don't know since how and when to pray was established during that special night (mi'rajj). I would assume he would pray he pray today, cause even his wives would say (saw) to him even in his presence. wallahu 'alm.

GTFrenzy said...

* how we pray...

Deaf Indian Muslim Anarchist! said...

i've actually wondered that, too. It seems strange that the Prophet would recite prayers... that praise himself :-/

Stacy aka Fahiima said...

This is a good and very valid question. I don't think that you will find the answers to it in the Quran. From my reading, most of the information about salah in the Quran is pretty vague. It does seem funny to suggest that the prophet would have praised himself in his prayer. My thought is that these were probably added shortly after his death, but I don't have any hadith or source to back this up. I would be curious what someone who has studied the history of the salah could add to the discussion.

ModestJustice said...

Constructive Attitude: Thanks :] I found the cartoon by google searching "salah" haha. No problem, random anons are infuriating.

GTFrenzy: I thought it was established, like the exact way e.t.c, a couple years after the prophet died? Something I should research :P

DIMA: Yeah, I mean most of what tells us how to pray comes from hadiths when in the Quran it's pretty vague. @.@

Stacy aka Fahiima: Yeah I knew that it was vague in the Quran and in my mini 'Guide to Salah' book most of the rules in salah come from hadiths.. and I've never really trusted hadiths. Hopefully someone can answer :D

Verdict so far: IDK ^_^ But I'm willing to research and wait for more comments.. eventually heh

Anonymous said...

Salam alaikom sis MJ,

Good question about Prophet's prayer..

1) You can read up books about the description of Prophet's prayer here by Shaykh Albaani:

That website gave a clear explanation as to how the Prophet prayed. I was actually surprised to read that there is no difference in the prayer of a man and woman. For example, I was taught to place my arms close to my body when I made my sujood, had to make sure my legs are not apart when I was standing etc.. ok read it up insha Allah :)

2) There is a pdf book on the description of the prayer of the Prophet as well.. I'll find it and link you up later insha Allah..

3) As for the tashahhud and whether the Prophet blessed himself like we did, it is explained on the website I gave you as well. Check it out insha Allah.

To understand how the Prophet prayed, it is better explained in the hadeeth. Both Sahih Bukhari and Muslim explained the characteristics of prayers and how it was done by our Prophet.

May Allah forgive me if I said anything wrong and please correct me as well insha Allah.


Milda Spin2liux said...

Jazzak Allah kheir theonekhalil!

I went to your given website and here is the hadith regarding tashahhud:

Once, "he (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) heard a man supplicating in his prayer without glorifying the majesty of Allaah Exalted, nor sending prayers on the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam), so he said: This man has been hasty." He then called him and said to him and others, "When one of you prays, he should begin with the praise of his Lord, Sublime and Mighty, and his exultation, and then send prayers (in one narration: he should send prayers) on the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam), and then supplicate as he wishes."

Ahmad, Abu Daawood, Ibn Khuzaimah (1/83/2) & al-Haakim , who declared it saheeh and Dhahabi agreed.

It should be known that this hadeeth proves that salaah (sending prayers) on the Prophet (sallallaahu `alaihi wa sallam) in this tashahhud is obligatory, due to the command about it. This opinion was taken by Imaam Shaafi`i and by Imaam Ahmad in the later of the two narrations from him, and before them by several Companions, as well as other people of knowledge. Because of this, Aajuri said in Sharee`ah (p. 415): "He who does not send prayers on the Prophet (sallallaahu `alaihi wa sallam) in the final tashahhud must repeat the prayer." Hence, those who label Imaam Shaafi`i as being alone and odd in his opinion on this, are not being just, as the faqeeh Haitami has explained in Darr al-Mandood (sections 13-16).

Wrestling With Religion said...

I think the hadiths give a pretty clear picture that this is how he taught others to pray. As for whether he did it the exact same way, I wondered that too and I have no idea. I could not find any information about that myself. I'm surprised more people don't seem to ask this question!

Hijabis On Ranting Tour. said...

i dont think its sgrange if the prophet praised himself because he did have to bear witness that he was allahs Messenger and Servant its kinda slightly if this is not haram to say like a job title hes a Messenger chosen to spread the message of god just like the other Messengers and prophets so i dont think it sounds like self praise, i think its just us who are in awe of like such a responsibility or position etc Allah shower his mercy and blessings and peace upon him Forever , the quran doesnt really talk about how to pray its only found in hadeeths
Salamu Aleikum

Anonymous said...

@ Milda: wa iyyaki!

@ MJ: As promised:


Veiled Knight said...

Assalaamu Alaikum warahmatu Allahi wabarakatuh,
I actually believe this topic is far too complicated to dicuss. You can't find every step of how the Prophet salla Allahu 'alayhi wassalam prayed, but you would find it in books of Sunnah. SubhanAllah..I had the same exact questions because in our community, I'd be praying alone in peace and a sister comes to me to correct my prayer for me. It sort of pissed me off because it happened very frequently.
So once, subhanAllah I was walking in the hallway, and coincidentally saw that the masjed bulletin board had an ad for an upcoming Al Maghrib Institute ( class called Fiqh of Salah by Shaykh Yaser Birjas. I attended that class with my sister and came out knowing EVERYTHING I wanted to know about salah. The course was actually a double weekend seminar, but it was TOTALLY worth it! I recommend you go to an upcoming one (God knows, they're GREAT!!
Maybe you can find something about that topic online inshaAllah.

ModestJustice said...

Thank you extensively to everyone who commented. My question is answered, I guess you'd have to look in hadiths but there we go.
Problem solved.

Jazak'Allah Khair theonekhalil, Milda, WrestlingWithReligion, Naz, And Veiled Knight (I actually heard of the Fiqh class being given but I didn't have the means of attending, insha'Allah one of the next Fiqh classes :D)

Candice said...

I also find it weird to praise yourself and it's hard to imagine that's how it was done by the prophet himself. I've never accepted this as part of obligatory prayer. I have nothing supporting this, but I personally think it was added on after his death, but before hadiths were compiled... But I don't really know!

Achelois said...

I asked this question once on my previous blog and never got a satisfying answer.

However, I have read the Prophet's letters to various leaders asking them to convert to Islam and most letters began with the kalima in which he wrote,

"I bear witness that there no God but Allah and that I am His prophet and slave"

So I assume the tashahhud was the same for him as well.

As far as the blessing is concerned, Muslims send their blessing on him, praying for him, so I again assume he would have sent blessings on himself and prayed for himself. This isn't hard to imagine because there is a verse in the Quran in which Jesus says,

"Peace be upon me, the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I am raised up a live."(19:29-33).

So I think it was common to send bless yourself in early times.

Just my two cents :)

Achelois said...

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