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    The Forgotten Sunnah

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    Straightening the Rows, Standing Shoulder to Shoulder & Feet to
    Feet
    In the Congregational Prayer.

    Compiled by Abu Bakr al-Kashmiri

    All praise belongs to Allah and may the Peace and blessings be upon
    our master, Muhammad sall Allahu `alayhi wa sallam, his family, his
    companions and all those follow in his footsteps until the last
    day.

    The prayer is an act of worship that a Muslim performs from sunrise
    to sunset, the prayer is a pillar of Islam, the foundation of
    belief, the chief of good deeds and the best act of obedience to
    Allah, for that reason it is vital that we perform this act of
    worship to the best of our abilities and most importantly according
    to the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad sall Allahu `alayhi wa
    sallam, whom was sent down with the best guidance for mankind.

    Straightening the rows, standing shoulder to shoulder and joining
    the feet in the congregation prayer, is a pre-requisite that one
    must do in order to prayer correctly and completely, according to
    the Sunnah.

    This is a Sunnah that unfortunately has been lost in many of our
    Masjid's if not most of them, and the prayer has become an act of
    custom and ritual, rather than an act of worship.

    Standing before the Lord Almighty, the King of all Kings, one must
    strive his utmost to firmly adhere to the authentic Sunnah, and to-
    do just as the best of creation did, as he sall Allahu `alayhi wa
    sallam is the best example for mankind.

    In this short article I would like to bring to the attention of the
    reader a few hadith, from the authentic Sunnah, in order to shed
    light upon this very important matter. I don't intend to go into
    depths nor dwell in to the fiqhi issues of these hadith, for those
    more serious students of knowledge they may refer to the reference
    of the hadith's provided herein.

    THE IMPORTANCE OF STRAIGHTENING ROWS

    Straightening the rows in the congregational prayer is a vital part
    of the prayer, and it is the completeness of the prayer, which is
    not practised today in most Masjids, just as in the time of Anas
    bin Malik when he arrived at Madina, as the full hadith states:

    Narrated by Anas bin Malik radi Allahu `anhu who arrived at al-
    Madina and was asked whether He found any changes since the days of
    Allah's Messenger sall Allahu `alayhi wa sallam He said, " I have
    not found any change except that you do not straighten the row for
    Salat (prayer). Sahih al-Bukhari # 724

    And in another Narrated an-Nu'man bin Bashir radi Allahu `anhu
    reports, The Prophet sall Allahu `alayhi wa sallam said, "
    Straighten your rows or Allah will alter your faces" Reported by
    Sahih al-Bukhari # 717

    This hadith of the messenger of Allah sall Allahu `alayhi wa sallam
    contains a warning if the rows are not straightened in the
    congregational prayer Allah will alter the faces of the people.
    This is a strong warning against all those who do not straighten
    their row in the congregational prayer. And in another narration
    Allah will cause division in your hearts. This shows the importance
    of straightening the rows in the payer. In light of the current
    climate where our fellow Muslim brother and sister are fighting each
    other and the calls for Unity are being called from the East to the
    West, this is one of those practical steps towards Unity of the
    Muslims, in the best acts of worship.

    There are many other hadith on this issue, however I have not chosen
    to state them except the hadith's from the two famous and unarguable
    authorities Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih al-Muslim. Below are a few
    more hadith on the same issue which are clear and do not need any
    explanation, for those of us whom want to practice the Sunnah
    sincerely to gain the pleasure of Allah.

    Narrated by Anas radi Allahu `anhu that the Prophet sall
    Allahu `alayhi wa sallam Said, "Straighten your rows, for I see you
    from behind my back" Reported by Sahih al-Bukhari # 718

    Also Narrated Anas ibn Malik radi Allahu `anhu Once the Iqama was
    pronounced and Allah's Messenger Allahu `alayhi wa sallam faced us
    and said, "Straighten your rows and stand closer together, for I see
    you from behind my back ". Reported by Sahih al-Bukhari # 719

    And Narrated an-Numan bin Bashir radi Allahu `anhu The Messenger of
    Allah Allahu `alayhi wa sallam used to straighten our own rows as if
    he were straightening an arrow with their help until he saw that we
    had learnt from him. One day he came out, stood up (for prayer) and
    was about to say (Allah hu akbar) Allah is the Greatest when he saw
    a man, whose chest was bulging out from the row, so he
    said "Servants of Allah you must straighten your rows or Allah would
    create disagreement amongst you." Reported by Sahih al-Muslim # 473

    STANDING SHOULDER TO SHOULDER & FEET TO FEET

    Standing shoulder to should and feet to feet, is a Sunnah very
    rarely seen today, and it is a Sunnah that is looked down upon at
    many of our Masjids, here are two hadith's which are clear and
    straight to the point.

    An-Nu'man bin Bashir said, "I saw that every one of us used to put
    his heel with the heel of his Companion". Reported by Sahih al-
    Bukhari

    At this point I would like to bring to the attention of the reader,
    that alhmdulliah there are a few Masjid where standing shoulder to
    should and feet to feet is practised, but not to full extent. Some
    of our brothers and sisters do join there feet, but only tips of
    there feet and not the full heel as the hadith indicates above.

    Most people think that by touching the toes or the tips of ones feet
    with the feet of there companion they have completed the Sunnah,
    however that is incorrect and the correct manner is that one joins
    the full length of ones foot with his companion. The best way is
    to have your feet facing the qibla directly, and not to the left nor
    to the right, but straight ahead to the direction of the qibla, and
    by joining the ankle with the ankle of ones companion and the full
    length of the feet joined with the feet one ones companion, is the
    correct way to implement this Sunnah.

    In a Narration Anas bin Malik radi Allahu `anhu reported, The
    Prophet sall Allahu `alayhi wa sallam said, "Straighten your rows
    for I see you from behind my back." Anas added, "Every one of us
    used to put his shoulder with the shoulder of his companion and his
    foot with the foot of his companion." Reported by Sahih al-Bukhari
    # 725

    One of the other misconceptions that occurs in the prayer is where
    brothers and sisters extend there feet out, so that the feet join
    with the feet of there companion but there shoulders to do meet or
    touch each other, this is also incorrect.

    The correct manner is that one has his or her feet at the width of
    there shoulders, by doing this ones feet and shoulder will join the
    feet and the shoulders of there companions and that is a pre-
    requisite that we must adhere to, for the completeness of the
    prayer. And Allah knows best.

    If there is something good that has come as a result of this article
    it is from Allah and any evil is from my self. All Praise is for
    Allah, Lord of the Worlds.

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    Re: The Forgotten Sunnah

    I got this e-mail from an islamic friend and thought that i ought to share it with the brothers and sisters because it is a very important issue among the ummah today.

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    Re: The Forgotten Sunnah

    mashallah, our imam in d mosque alwyz says striaghten rows
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    Jaa-Ro-Nee-Mo!!!


    "they ask you when will the help of Allah (swt) come! Certainly Allah (Swt) help is always near"

    Surah al Baqarah v214



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    Re: The Forgotten Sunnah

    I HATE IT IN SOME MASAAJID , WHEN YOU PUT YOUR FEET NEXT TO SUM 1 AND THEN THEY MOVE IT AWAY...AND THEN YOU MOVE AGAIN AND THEN THEY MOVE IT EVEN FURTHER..

    nice post...!!

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    Re: The Forgotten Sunnah

    lol erm ..... u sud jus step on der foot
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    "they ask you when will the help of Allah (swt) come! Certainly Allah (Swt) help is always near"

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    Re: The Forgotten Sunnah

    i've tried every trick in the book trust me.......

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    Re: The Forgotten Sunnah

    This "firgotten sunnah" needs tio be restored to the ummah immediately as our prayer's look "divided", i.e. you walk into a mosque and look at the congregation and there are plenty of gaps between the feet of the muslims.

    I have noticed that if you go into a ahle-hadith mosque(or salafi mosque) this sunnah is often practised.

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    Re: The Forgotten Sunnah

    yeah true say akhee..........also another thing that is forgotten is:

    that it's sunnah to keep you shoes on in the masjid...(you have to look at the back of your shoes firstthough!!)
    ppl nowadays care about their carpets too much!!!!

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    Re: The Forgotten Sunnah

    Insaa'ala at least the people are praying in the mosques. Masha'ala what a beautiful sight it is when you go in to a mosque and there are 2,3 even more rows of Allah's believers praying.

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    Re: The Forgotten Sunnah

    ma'shaALLAH...yeah!!.......may allah guide this ummah!

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    Re: The Forgotten Sunnah

    Quote Originally Posted by chacha_jalebi View Post
    lol erm ..... u sud jus step on der foot
    Don't b silly bruv!!

    Jazakhala 4 post
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    "Whoever lives amongst you will see much differing, so adhere to my Sunnah" Muhammad
    (صلّى الله عليه و سلم)

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    Re: The Forgotten Sunnah

    Quote Originally Posted by amirah_87 View Post
    I HATE IT IN SOME MASAAJID , WHEN YOU PUT YOUR FEET NEXT TO SUM 1 AND THEN THEY MOVE IT AWAY...AND THEN YOU MOVE AGAIN AND THEN THEY MOVE IT EVEN FURTHER..

    nice post...!!

    OMG Princess you're quoting me exactly, I't ssooooooooooooooo frustrating!!!:grumbling , and then it's just like we're playing "slide along tag" in salaat or something like that cause when you move closer, then slide further away, and it' goes on and on........
    They act like the person next to them has a disease or something :rant: I remmeber when I prayed in Masjid nabawi...the sisters there were praying in one row, but soooooooo far apart, until some of them even had a distance of one foot between them!! so sad

    And the old ladies dont listen to you either you know when you talk to them, they look at you like you're retarded ffended:

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    Re: The Forgotten Sunnah

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!
    i know Maw , in one of our lessons with um salamah.."umdat" that came up , and she said that also occurs in the haram..and ppl were advised to stop followin' the other persons foot because ..it messes up your khushuu3....wallaahu a3lam

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    Re: The Forgotten Sunnah

    Only Allah knows but the people who do not follow this sunnah have strayed from Al-Mualim and have no answer for what they are doing.

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    Re: The Forgotten Sunnah

    It's Mainly Pure "jahal" Akhee..(ignorance)!!

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    Re: The Forgotten Sunnah

    Quote Originally Posted by Mawaddah View Post
    OMG Princess you're quoting me exactly, I't ssooooooooooooooo frustrating!!!:grumbling , and then it's just like we're playing "slide along tag" in salaat or something like that cause when you move closer, then slide further away, and it' goes on and on........
    They act like the person next to them has a disease or something :rant: I remmeber when I prayed in Masjid nabawi...the sisters there were praying in one row, but soooooooo far apart, until some of them even had a distance of one foot between them!! so sad

    And the old ladies dont listen to you either you know when you talk to them, they look at you like you're retarded ffended:


    Ooh...its also happen in everywere??? I thought its only in Indonesia which happen like that . I always try to push down my emotion when starting jamaah prayer. Its lucky if someone beside me is someone who know how to stand in a row correctly, then our foots will be join together. But its really annoying, and truely make me upset if beside me standing a man who dont know how to stand in shaff, and I always have to tell them "here, lets dense the shaff" and then with a sullen face he just moved his feet a little to mine :grumbling yaa Allah, if he was my bro I will knock his head :rant: . And after that then I cant do anything cause if I force him to get closer then Im afraid of mufsadat it would bring. Cause I ever heard my friends father, once his father came to him and told him "mad (his name is Muhammad)...when I prayed in the masjid jst now, theres a man who touched his feet to mine. And then I moved my feet away from his, and then he came closer again, and I moved again and then he was just like run after my feet, so I just step on his foot hard and then he just pull his feet back",

    If my feet ever stepped by someone what will I do Im wondering? . I know theres many times happen like this. But maybe they wont step on my feet cause theyre afraid of my beard But its really annoying really. Im just wondering HOW they can make a Islamic government? while they still cant stand in shaff corectly, yes some people just truely egnorant. BUt its also because theres hadits dloif concerning the shaff so they put distance between the shaff.

    And if talking about sunnah thats forgotten (sunnah madrukah), I think its alot . Example sunnah in masjid, since we came to masjid and say du'a entering masjid, its best to remember more dua its even better. I know a du'a "Audhubillahil azhim bi wajhihil kareem bi sulthonihil qodiim minasshaitonirrajim", I think this du'a is rarely known by muslims, dont you think? :brother: . Cause most muslim just remember du'a :"Allahumaftahli abwaba rahmatiik".
    Oh and yes salah with sandals, but I heard fatawa from syaikh Uthaymeen if the masjid have carpets then we should leave the sandal, if Im not mistaken. Check again the fatawa please. But in my country, yaa Allah if I EVER step my sandal on the masjid floor then Im sure they will throw me away out of the masjid :rant: althought I would like to try to salah with my sandals on. I never salah with my sandal on how to sit between sujud then? please somebody tell me. And should be with a clean sandal right?
    And theres one sunnah thats almost forgotten even in Saudi, I ever read that syaikh Albani ever lead people to come to the qubr in Madinah and pray mayit in there. Masha Allah its really sunnah madrukah. And they have to face the guard But then the guard let them pray masha Allah. I never see someone do salah mayit on the qubr, do U? Can you tell me the daleel on this sis mawaddah? Or anybody?:X
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    Re: The Forgotten Sunnah

    Thanks,i didnt even know there is something like that.I know the shoulder one but never heard of the feet one.

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    Re: The Forgotten Sunnah

    Jazakhallah khair bro.

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    Re: The Forgotten Sunnah

    As we are on the subject of the "forgotten sunnah" i really do not like it when i enter a mosqe for prayer and i join the congregation and when it comes to the point when the muslims are supposed to say "Aameen" hardly any one says it. Apart from the ahle-hadith mosques where i usually pray, sometimes when i have to pray in other mosques i am the only one who says aameen in one loud voice.

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    Re: The Forgotten Sunnah

    Quote Originally Posted by amirah_87 View Post
    yeah true say akhee..........also another thing that is forgotten is:

    that it's sunnah to keep you shoes on in the masjid...(you have to look at the back of your shoes firstthough!!)
    ppl nowadays care about their carpets too much!!!!
    It is?


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