by sacha, Monday, October 22, 2012, 19:21 (2437 days ago)

Asallamou Alaikuom. Does anyone have amy of the answers to any of these questions?
Jzk would be a great help :)

1. What was the first prayer to be made obligatory?
2. How many rakah were the first obligatory prayers?
3.which foot position (whilst sitting) is the only one recognised by the hanafi school of thought?
4. How many time did phrophet Mohammad (saw) pray taraweeh in congregation?
5. Under which circumstances (congregational or otherwise) might you end up praying a tashahhud in every rakah?
What was phrophet Mohammads (saw) criteria for dua qunoot to become necessary?
6. What constitutes tahiyyat ul Masjid in majid al haram?
Many thanks, Sacha


by Quasim Hamdani, Chicago, Monday, October 22, 2012, 22:19 (2437 days ago) @ sacha

Have you read the following discussion on Namaaz vs Salaat?


by jawaid ahmed,uk @, Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 08:23 (2437 days ago) @ sacha

I am a follower of the Quran using what intellect I possess.

Go to the Quran and find the answers there. No? Allah must have not thought them worthwhile for us so did not give us any instructions to do so.

Go to the books of salat of Bukhari and try to find them. No! Bukhari does not have all the instructions that are dutifully performed by the Muslims so he must have thought they were not worth recording.

My question is if Allah does not tell us to do something, and Bukhari has not given us the details, then what are we doing?

2:6 Remember that those who have chosen denial in advance, it is all the same to them whether you apprise them (of the consequences of their actions) or apprise them not. They will refuse to acknowledge the Truth. [2:89-109, 6:26, 27:14, 35:42-43, 36:70, 41:26, 47:32]
2:7 God (His Law of Cause and Effect) has sealed their hearts and their hearing, and on their sight there is a veil. And theirs will be a tremendous suffering.
[Khatam or Taba’ from God, seal on the hearts, is a natural consequence of one’s deeds. Blind following, adamancy, being unjust due to selfish interests and arrogance render the human perception and reasoning unreceptive to Divine Revelation. Thus, one loses sensitivity and the ability to perceive reality. It is easy to see how damaging this fall from the high stature of humanity can be, a tremendous suffering that is built-in as the logical consequence of such attitude. 4:88, 17:46, 18:57, 40:35, 45:23, 83:14]
2:8 And of mankind there are those who claim, “We believe in God and the Last Day", while they are not believers. [Their actions that speak louder than words, contradict their claim. 4:136, 49:15]
2:9 They wish to deceive God and those who have attained belief. But they deceive none but themselves and do not realize it!
[Since reason is a faculty that has to be exercised and they have forsaken it, they are little aware of what opportunity of personal development they are missing. They live in a state of denial]
2:10 (This negative attitude) is a disease in their hearts, and God (His Law) increases their disease. And for them is painful suffering, for, they lie to themselves.
[Their attitude reinforces itself according to the Law of Cause and Effect. The conflict between one’s word and action amounts to self-deception that has its own dire consequences]
2:11 And, when it is said to them, “Do not cause disruption in the land (by violating the law)”, they assert, “We are but reformers, setting things right!”
2:12 Oh, surely, it is they who are the disrupters. But they fail to use reason.
[They bring forth a common argument that they are acting in good faith and in accordance with their ‘conscience’. But conscience is only the "internalized society", a mental reflection of the values prevalent in a given environment. Therefore, it can never be a substitute for Divine Revelation (Wahi). 3:20, 5:79, 9:67, 24:21]
2:13 And when it is said to them, “Acknowledge the Truth as people have acknowledged”, they retort, "Shall we accept what the foolish accept?" Nay, certainly, it is they who are foolish. But they do not know. [Imaan = Belief = Conviction = Acceptance = Acknowledgement = Embracing the Truth]
2:14 And when they meet those who have chosen to believe, they say, “We have attained belief.” But when they go apart to their shayaateen (devilish comrades), they say, "Indeed, we are with you. We were only mocking.”
2:15 God will return their mockery to them, and leave them to wander in their arrogance, blindly stumbling to and fro.
2:16 They have bought straying at the expense of Guidance. But their trade has to go bankrupt because they have not set their caravan in the right direction. [Muhtadi = Guided = He who journeys in the right direction]
2:17 Their example is that of a person who lights up a fire without adequate fuel. As soon as brightness surrounds them, the fuel is consumed and God (His Law) takes away their light leaving them in the dark where they cannot see. [The pursuit of instant gains only grants them a fleeting satisfaction since they have forfeited the long-term goal]
2:18 Deaf, dumb and blind of reason! They will not return to journey in the right direction (unless they use their perceptual and conceptual faculties. 8:22, 16:76, 17:36).

2:170 When it is said unto these (satans), "Follow what God has revealed", they say, "Nay! We follow that wherein we found our ancestors.” "What! Even though their ancestors (and the ancient Imams) were lacking in understanding and were not rightly guided?”
[5:104, 10:78, 11:62, 11:87, 21:53, 34:43, 38:7, 43:23. Hudan and derivatives = Prominent = Bright = Lighted = Clearly visible = Leading = Guidance = Lighthouse = A well-lit road = A landmark of identification in the desert or sea]
2:171 The likeness of such blind followers is that (of a herd of sheep) which hear the shepherd’s call, but hear in it nothing more than a sound and a shout. Deaf, dumb, blind, for they use not their reason and, hence, fail to attain good common sense.
[This is subhuman level of existence 7:179. ‘Unq = Shepherd’s call. Shepherd here pertains to religious leaders who have learned some meaningless words or tenets, and a herd of sheep is the masses that blindly follow them. Kufr embraces blind following in addition to denying or concealing the truth. Perceptual senses alone cannot distinguish human beings from the rest of the Animal Kingdom. It is the data processing or intellectual analysis that makes them distinct]


by Damon, Pennsylvania, USA, Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 15:51 (2436 days ago) @ jawaid ahmed,uk

SA Everyone,

In addition to what Jawaid had already pointed out, we should also keep in mind that the Namaz that we have today come directly from the 5 daily prayers of the PERSIAN Zoroastrians. The quantity per day to be done, the timings that each is to be done throughout the day and the WAY it is done. Mr. Imam Bukhari was PERSIAN by the way. He was not an Arab.

Allah Hafiz,

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