Praying (Salat) by Carrying a Baby ~ Hi all readers! In this article I will explain about carrying a baby during pray (salat). How do we do that? The discussion this time will be very beneficial for people who already have children, especially their children are still small and need to be carried often. Islam allows someone to pray with carrying a baby. But what needs to be considered is, there are certain ways that must be considered so that it does not damage prayer.
As always, before I speak more, I will quote a hadith that is specifically related to this theme. The hadith that I mean is as follows;
عَنْ أَبِيْ قَتَادَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : كَانَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يُصَلِّي وَهُوَ حَامِلُ أُمَامَةَ – بِنْتِ زَيْنَبَ – فَإِذَا سَجَدَ وَضَعَهَا وَإذَا قَامَ حَمَلَهَا . مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ . وَلِمُسْلِمٍ : وَهُوَ يَؤُمُّ النَّاسَ فِيْ الْمَسْجِدِ
From Abu Qatadah radliyallaahu anhu, he said, “Allah’s Messenger sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam once prayed by carrying Umamah – bint Zainab. If he prostrates, then he puts her. If he stands, then he takes him.” The hadith is narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim. Muslim have an additional editorial hadith, “He is leading people (prayers) in the mosque.”
All readers! The above hadith explains, that the Prophet Muhammad once carried a baby when he led people to pray at the mosque. That’s how to pray by carrying a baby that we have to know. But what is not explained in the hadith is, does he raise his hands when he does takbir?
If we imagine we are praying by carrying a baby, then we can do that using one hand. That is, we can do takbir by using one hand and the other hand we can use to hold the baby we are carrying.
There are several important things related to the hadith above that we must know;
One; The above hadith explains that the Prophet Muhammad was gentle with small children and all people were weak.
Two; The hadith explains, that a small child may enter the mosque provided he does not dirty it.
Three; The hadith explains, that we may carry a small child when we are praying.
Four; The child’s body status and his clothes are sacred as long as there is no dirt.
Five; A little movement other than the prayer movement does not damage the prayer (salat). Thus, we may scratch the head and so on when we pray that scratching is not excessive.
Six; Different movements that are not successive cannot damage prayer (salat).
That is a brief explanation about praying (salat) by carrying a baby. Do you understand? If you have questions, please ask!
I think that is enough for this article. May be useful! Amen!
See you again in the next article!
The explanation above I found in, Hasan Sulaiman an-Nuri and ‘Alawi Abbas al-Maliki, Ibaanatu al-Ahkaam Syarhu Buluughi al-Maraam, Dar al-Fikr, Beirut, Vol. I, p.240-241.