Saturday, July 9, 2011

Brief Comments of Shaikh Ibn Baaz on Saheeh al-Bukhaaree #5

Prayer is from Imaan.

بـسـم الله والحـمـد لله والـصلاة والـسـلام عــلى رسـول الله، وبـعـد

Imaam al-Bukhaaree رحمه الله said:

Chapter: The Prayer is from Imaan. And the saying of Allaah تعالى {And Allaah would never make your faith to be lost} i.e. your prayers offered towards Jerusalem. [Surah al-Baqarah (2): 143]

Narrated Al Baraa’ (bin `Aazib): When the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم came to Madeenah, he stayed first with his grandfathers or maternal uncles from the Ansaar. He offered his prayers facing Baitul-Maqdis (Jerusalem) for sixteen or seventeen months, but he wished that he could pray facing the Ka`bah (at Makkah). The first prayer which he offered facing the Ka`bah was the `Asr prayer in the company of some people. Then one of those who had offered that prayer with him came out and passed by some people in a masjid who were bowing (in rukoo`) during their prayers (facing Jerusalem). He said addressing them, "By Allah, I testify that I have prayed with Allaah's Apostle صلى الله عليه وسلم facing Makkah (Ka`bah).' Hearing that, those people changed their direction towards the Ka`bah immediately (while still in the state of rukoo`).[1] Jews and the people of the scriptures used to be pleased to see the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم facing Jerusalem in prayers but when he changed his direction towards the Ka`bah, during the prayers, they disapproved of it.

Al-Bara' added, "Before we changed our direction towards the Ka`bah (Makkah) in prayers, some Muslims had died or had been killed and we did not know what to say about them (regarding their prayers.) Allaah then revealed: {And Allaah would never make your faith (i.e. prayers) to be lost} (i.e. the prayers of those Muslims who prayed towards Jerusalem were valid)." [Surah al-Baqarah (2): 143]

Shaikh Ibn Baaz رحمه الله said:

[1] There are 3 benefits in this:

i.  The Prayer is from Imaan.*

ii. The person who performed the acts which he was commanded to, will get the reward even if that command has been abrogated. (i.e. the people who prayed facing Jerusalem will get the reward for their actions even though the command to pray facing Jerusalem was abrogated).

iii. The person who strives (asks or searches to know the correct direction), then he is upon good actions (even if he prays facing the wrong direction). And if he changes his opinion, he is still upon good actions, like those who changed their direction and they did not repeat their prayers. Similarly, when a person strives in knowing the Qiblah (and offers his prayers) and when a reliable person informs him of the correct direction, he changes his direction (while still praying) and he does not has to repeat it.**

*Abandoning the prayer tantamount to kufr.

** A person who intentionally prays in a direction other than the Qiblah has to repeat it.

الحلل الإبريزية من التعليقات البازية على صحيح البخاري

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