Miscellaneous Answers Regarding Salaat

Q. According to the Hadith, children should be induced to perform Salaat from the age of seven years. How do we introduce them to Salaat. Should we tell them to perform one Namaaz daily and gradually increase till they perform all five by 10 years?

A. A child in a Muslim home – in a home where parents perform Salaat punctually and regularly – is introduced to Salaat long before – years before he/she reaches seven years. When children are six years of age they are sent to secular school. How do you introduce them to this cold life outside the home where they are alienated from parental love and Deeni tarbiyat? Do you ‘gradually’ get them accustomed to leave home at 7 in the morning whether it is cold or hot or raining? Do they at tend and absent themselves from secular school at whim and fancy and gradually get into the rut of regular school attendance? Six year old boys and girls are sent to secular school – many of them crying. They are rudely plucked out from their homes of affection and warmth and forcibly sent into cold schools into morally hostile and spiritually destructive environments where they are drilled in fisq and fujoor, and alienated from their parents. Parents, aiding in the moral and spiritual ruin of their six year old children, ensure that the kids settle immediately into the new rut which kufr society has ordained for them. The quest ion of ‘gradually’ getting them accustomed to school and remaining in the secular prisons for six hours or more every day, does not develop in the minds of parents. They unquestionably submit to the commands and indoctrination of secularism. But when Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) ordered that the child be introduced to Salaat at the age of seven years, there develops a conundrum which shaitaan portrays as being insoluble. A variety of ‘rational’ arguments is presented to prevent the child from performing the 5 daily Salaat regularly and punctually. All of this rationalism is satanism. In the Muslim home, the three year old child of its own accord imitates his/her parents and playfully executes the postures of Salaat . By the time the Muslim child is five or six years old, he/she performs Salaat with reasonable aptitude. By the age of seven the child is a regular performer of the five daily Salaat . The question of introducing the child to Salaat , and that too once a day, at the age of seven does not arise at all. By the age of seven your school-going child dressed kufr-smartly in uniform and carrying ‘academic’ text books MUST be in the habit of performing the five daily Salaat. There is no excuse for any shortcoming in this regard. The moment the child returns home, it is the Waajib duty of the parents to ensure that the child first performs Zuhr Salaat , then do whatever has to be done. When the mother performs Salaat, she must ensure that her children are with her. Alternatively, after she has completed her Salaat , then more important than engagement in other household activity, is that she supervises her children’s Salaat . She should instruct them to perform Salaat and keep them under observation for the duration of the Salaat, all the time correcting their errors. The age of ten years is the dangerous limit. If by this age the child does not voluntarily perform Salaat five times a day of his/her own accord, then he/she is under shaitaan’s spell, hence Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) ordered beating to break the satanic spell.

Q. While performing Fardh Salaat, the time expired. One raka’t was performed after expiry of the time. What is the position of the Salaat?

A. If it is Fajr, the Salaat is invalid and qadha should be made about 15 minutes after sunrise. Any other Salaat will be valid.

Q. The Imaam in a Musjid holds the microphone in his hand while performing Salaat. When going into ruku’ and sajdah, he puts it down, and retrieves it after sajdah. Is the Salaat valid?

A. The Salaat is not valid. The imam ruined the Salaat by holding the microphone in his hand. You should make qadha of the Salaat you had performed behind this jaahil.

Question:

How is it to delay time performance of the Janaazah Salaat and burial of the Mayyit (deceased) in anticipation of a big congregation?

Answer:

It is stated in Durre Mukhtaar that to delay the performance of the Janaazah Salaat and the burial in anticipation of a big Jamaat is Makrooh Tahrimi which means an act which is forbidden.

Question:

If the mayyit has been given ghusl and kafan early on Friday morning, is it better to delay the burial until after Jumuah Salaat?

Answer:

No, it is not better. The burial should be done as soon as possible. There should be no unnecessary delay.

Question:

Janaazah Salaat was performed while the mayyit was positioned wrongly. Is the Salaat valid?

Answer:

Yes, the Salaat is valid.

Q. A woman is a ma’zoor due to discharge. She makes wudhu for every Salaat. Will her wudhu made for Tahajjud Salaat suffice for Fajr Salaat?

A. The Wudhu of a Ma’zoor terminates with the expiry of a Salaat time. The entire night until Subh Saadiq is the time of Isha’. Isha’ Salaat time expires with Subh Saadiq, hence the Ma’zoor’s wudhu will end with Subh Saadiq. For Fajr Salaat, the Ma’zoor has to renew wudhu. On the other hand, if the Ma’zoor makes wudhu after sunrise, then such wudhu will be valid until the end of Zuhr time. The entry of Zuhr time will not invalidate the wudhu which the Ma’zoor took after sunrise.

Q. A man is suffering from an enlarged prostate. After urination, he feels drops of urine for a short while. Thereafter there is no perceptible sensation of dribbling. However, sometimes there is intermittent dribbling all the time. What is the position of his wudhu in these two cases?

A. In the first case, his wudhu breaks. After cessation of the dribbling, he has to make wudhu. In the second case, if by ‘all the time’ is meant dribbling without cessation for at least one full Salaat time, then he becomes a Ma’zoor. His wudhu remains valid. He has to make wudhu for each Salaat time, and such wudhu will not break on account of the dribbling. Acquire Kitaabut Tahaarat and study the masaa-il pertaining to the Ma’zoor.

Question:

A person comes out of a coma after several weeks. What is the position of the Salaat which he had missed while in the coma?

Answer:

All such missed Salaat are waived. There is no need to make qadha of the missed Salaat. If a person remains unconcious for more than five Salaat, then the Salaat is waived. If he remains unconcious for five or less Salaat, he has to make qadha thereof.

Question:

Is it necessary to perform all the Sunnatul Muakkadah Salaat? Some say that this is not necessary in view of it being only Sunnah. Is this correct?

Answer:

The statement “is only Sunnat”, is kufr. When any act of the Deen is regarded as being insignificant and unimportant, such an attitude is termed istikhfaaf which is kufr. A person who neglects the Sunnatul Muakkadah Salaat without valid Shar’i reason is a faasiq. It is a grievious sin to neglect the Sunnatul Muakkadah Salaat. It is a punishable offence.

Question:

If a person is able to stand, but unable to perform ruku’ and sajdah due to a back ailment, how should he perform his Salaat?

Answer:

He will make ruku’ and sajdah with signs of his head. For sajdah he will bend his head lower than for ruku’. Although he may stand and perform Salaat, it is preferable to sit in this case. If he is able to sit on the ground in the Tashahhud position, this will be better and more rewardable than sitting on a chair.

Question:

After performing Salaat, it occurred to me that I did not make masah on my khuffain. I made wudhu again, made masah and repeated the Salaat. Is this correct?

Answer:

It was not necessary to have repeated wudhu. You were required to have only made the masah on the khuffain (leather socks) and repeat the Salaat.

Question:

If there is only one minute left for the time to expire, should one perform the Salaat omitting all the Sunnat and Waajib acts?

Answer:

If there remains only one minute, one may commence only Asr Salaat, no other Salaat. In one minute even if the Sunnat and Waajib acts are omitted, then also two raka’ts cannot be performed. The exception applies to only Asr Salaat. Irrespective of one minute, as far as Asr is concerned, it should be performed, and all the Waajib and Sunnat acts should be executed even while the sun is setting. But to delay the Salaat for such a time is a major sin.

Question:

Is it permissible to perform Salaat with Tayammum in a prison cell if the time is expiring and there is no water in the cell?

Answer:

Tayammum should be made and the Salaat performed. However, as soon as water is available, wudhu has to be made and the Salaat repeated. When the Tayammum is the consequence of prevention by people, then Salaat should be repeated.

Question:

A man performed Salaat immediately after using exremely foul and abusive language. Someone said that his Salaat is not valid since he was required to have taken wudhu. Is this correct?

Answer:

Abusive language does not break wudhu. The Salaat is valid. However, it is Mustahab to take wudhu after one has indulged in any evil deed.