Prohibition When We Are Praying (Salat)

Shariah Today: Prohibition When We Are Praying (Salat) ~ Hi all readers! In this article I will explain about one thing we should not do when we are praying. Yup! As one of the rituals in Islam, there are some things that must be done, which are recommended, and which we should not do when we are praying. The prohibition I mean in our discussion is to put both hands at the waist. There are several things why it’s prohibited. I will explain that in a moment.

As always, before I explain this issue further, I will quote a hadith that is specifically related to this theme. The hadith that I mean is as follow;

عَنْ أَبِيْ هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ ؛ نَهَى رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَنْ يُصَلِّيَ الرَّجُلُ مُخْتَصِرًا. مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ

From Abu Hurairah radliyallaahu anhu, he said, “Allah‘s Messenger sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam has forbidden someone to put his hands on his waist when he is praying.” The hadith is narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim.


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There are some important things related to the hadith above that we need to know;

One; The hadith explain, that we are forbidden to put both hands at the waist when we are praying because it can eliminate devout in prayer.

Two; Apart from that reason, the Prophet Muhammad forbade us to do that because it was done by Jews when he was praying.

All readers! Another important point that we have to understand in this discussion is that we must maintain the speciality of prayer. That is one of the factors that determines whether our prayer is accepted or rejected. What is meant devoutly in prayer is that we must truly pray with all our heart. In Islamic teachings, prayer is one of the moments a person faces Allah Ta’ala and talks with Him. If we have to maintain an attitude when we speak with both parents, presidents, and people who understand religion, then we must be more able to maintain attitudes when we are dealing with Allah and talking to Him. We can do that in a way as if we see Allah Ta’ala. If we cannot do that, then we must be sure that Allah Ta’ala sees us. Indeed, it’s difficult and we need time to be able to do it perfectly.

That is a brief explanation of prohibition when we are praying (salat). Do you understand? The problem is simple and the explanation is very clear. So, I hope you understand. But if you want to ask, 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.254-255.


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