7 Common mistakes
usually we make in prayers
Mistake 1: Reciting
Surat al-Fatiha fast without pausing after each verse.
Prophet (SAW) used to pause after each verse of this surah. (Abu Dawood)
Mistake 2: Sticking
the arms to the sides of the body, in rukoo' or sujood, and sticking the belly
to the thighs in sujood.
The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: 'Let not one of you support himself on his forearms (in
sujood) like the dog. Let him rest on his palms and keep his elbows away from
his body.' (Sahih Muslim). The Messenger of Allah (SAW) used to keep his arms away from his body
during rukoo' and sujood that the whiteness of his armpits could be seen (Sahih
Mistake 3: Gazing
upward during prayer.
This may cause loss of concentration. We are commanded to lower our gaze, and
look at the point at which the head rests during sujood. The Prophet (SAW)
warned: 'Let those who raise their gaze up
during prayer stop doing so, or else their sights would not return to them.
i.e. lose their eyesight].' (Muslim)
Mistake 4 : Resting
only the tip of the head on the floor during sujood.
The Prophet (SAW) said: 'I am commanded to
prostrate on seven bones the forehead and the nose, the two hands [palms], the
two knees, and the two feet.' (Sahih Muslim) Applying the above command necessitates resting the
forehead and the nose on the ground during sujood.
Mistake 5 : Hasty
performance of prayer which does not allow repose and calmness in rukoo' or
The Messenger of Allah (SAW) saw a man who did
not complete his rukoo' [bowing], and made a very short sujood [prostration] ;
he (SAW) said: 'If this man dies while praying
in this manner, he would die upholding a religion other than the religion of
Muhammad.' Abu Hurairah (RA) said:
'My beloved friend, Muhammad (SAW) forbade me
to perform postures of prayer copying the picking of a rooster; (signifying
fast performance of prayer), moving eyes around like a fox and the sitting like
monkeys (i.e. to sit on thighs).' (Imam Ahmad & at-Tayalisi) The Messenger of Allah
(SAW) said: ' The worst thief is the one
who steals from his own prayer.' People asked, 'Messenger of Allah! How could
one steal from his own prayer?' He (SAW) said: 'By not completing its rukoo'
and sujood.' (At Tabarani & al-Hakim).
To complete rukoo' is to stay in that posture long enough to recite 'Subhana
rabbiyal Adtheem' three times, SLOWLY, and 'Subhana Rabbiyal-a'ala' three times, SLOWLY, in sujood. He (SAW) also announced: 'He who does not complete his rukoo' and sujood, his prayer
is void.' (Abu Dawood & others)
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Mistake 6 : Counting
tasbeeh with the left hand
The Prophet (SAW) used to count tasbeeh on the fingers of his right hand after
salah. Ibn Qudamah (RA) said: ' The Messenger of Allah (SAW) used his right hand for
tasbeeh.' (Abu Dawood). The above
hadeeth indicates clearly that the Prophet (SAW) used only one hand for
counting tasbeeh. No Muslim with sound mind would imagine that the Prophet
(SAW) used his left hand for counting tasbeeh. Aa'ishah (RA) said that the Prophet (SAW) used his left hand only for Istinjaa', or
cleaning himself after responding to the call of nature. He never used it for
tasbeeh. Yasirah (RA) reported: The Prophet (SAW) commanded women to count
tasbeeh on their fingers.
The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: 'They (the fingers) will be made to speak, and will be
questioned (on the Day of Resurrection. )' (At-Tirmidhi) . The above Hadeeth indicates that it is preferable to
count tasbeeh on the fingers of the right hand than to do so on masbahah
Mistake 7 : Crossing
in front of a praying person.
The Messenger of Allah (SAW) warned: 'Were the one who crosses in front of a praying person to
know the consequences of doing so, he would have waited for *forty better than
to cross in front of him.' (Sahih Bukhari and Muslim). *The forty in the tradition may be days months or even
years. Allah knows best.
Common Errors in Prayer That MUST Be Avoided