Speaking in Prayer (Salat)

Learning Islamic Shariah: Speaking in Prayer (Salat) ~ Hi all readers! In this article I will explain the law of a problem that might be done by someone. Yup! The problem I mean is talking when someone is praying. Usually it is done by people who do not understand the teachings of Islam, especially what should be done and what should not be done when someone is praying. Usually those who do it are small children.

As always, before I explain this theme, I will quote one hadith that is specifically related to this theme. The hadith that I mean is as follows;

عَنْ مُعَاوِيَةَ بْنِ الْحَكَمِ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ؛ إِنَّ هَذَهِ الصَّلَاةَ لَا يَصْلُحُ فِيْهَا مِنْ كَلَامِ النَّاسِ ، إِنَّمَا هُوَ التَّسْبِيْحُ وَالتَّكْبِيْرُ وَقِرَاءَةُ الْقُرْآنِ . رَوَاهُ مُسْلِمٌ

From Mu’awiyah ibn Hakam radliyallaahu ‘anhaa, he said, “Allah‘s Messenger sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam said, “Surely there must be no human speech in this prayer. Indeed, it is tasbih (purifying Allah), takbir, and recitation of the Qur’an.” The hadith is narrated by Muslim.

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

One; When we pray, we should not say anything other than the recitations in the prayers that have been determined, whether for a need or something else, whether it is for the good of prayer or something else.

Two; There are differences of opinion among Islamic law experts about that. Ash-Shafi’I, Malik, and Ahmad said that the person who had just converted to Islam said a few words other than the words of prayer, the prayer was not canceled. Abu Hanifah said that the person who had just converted to Islam said a few words other than the words in the prayer, the prayer was canceled.

Three; We can do a little movement when we pray if we need it, like scratching our head or something else. It can’t damage prayer.

All readers! If we understand the hadith and the brief explanation above, of course we already understand, that the original law speaks when prayer is not allowed! That is because it can cancel the prayer. There are differences of opinion about that. But we are allowed to do a little movement.

Maybe we are wondering, what if someone calls us when we pray and we have to answer it? What should we do?

I will explain the discussion in the next article.

That is a brief explanation of speaking in prayer (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 awi Alawi Abbas al-Maliki, Ibaanatu al-Ahkaam Syarhu Buluughi al-Maraam, Dar al-Fikr, Beirut, Vol. I, p.234-235.


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