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51 Sunnah’s of Salaah

Posted by al Adaab on December 26, 2006

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
Nahmaduhu wa Nusalli ‘alaa Rasulihil Kareem

51 SUNNATS OF SALAAH

THERE  ARE 11 WHILST STANDING UP

(1) AT THE TIME OF STANDING, ONE SHOULD HAVE HIS BACK UPRIGHT; THE HEAD SHOULD NOT BE POINTING DOWN.
(2) THE TOES SHOULD BE FACING QIBLAH.
(3) THE MUQTADEES (FOLLOWERS) SHOULD RAISE THEIR HANDS TO SAY TAKBIR-E-TAHREEMA (I.E. ALLAHU-AKBAR) IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE IMAM *.
(4) AT THE TIME OF SAYING TAKBEER-E-TAHREEMA BOTH HANDS SHOULD BE RAISED TO THE EARS *.
(5) THE PALM OF THE HANDS SHOULD BE FACING QIBLAH AT THE TIME OF TAKBIR.
(6) THE FINGERS SHOULD BE IN THEIR NATURAL POSITION AT THE TIME OF TAKBIR IE. NEITHER SPREAD OUT NOR TIGHTLY CLOSED.
(7) WHEN FOLDING THE HANDS THE PALM OF THE RIGHT HAND SHOULD BE PLACED ON THE BACK OF THE LEFT HAND.
(8) THE SMALL FINGER AND THE THUMB OF THE RIGHT HAND SHOULD FORM A CIRCLE ROUND THE WRIST OF THE LEFT HAND.
(9) THE MIDDLE THREE FINGERS SHOULD BE LEFT FLAT OVER THE FOREARM.
(10) ONE SHOULD POSITION THE HANDS BELOW THE NAVEL (BELLY BUTTON)*.
TO READ THANAA.

THERE ARE 7 SUNNATS WHILST PRAYING QIRAAT

(12) ONE SHOULD RECITE TA’AWWUZ (A-OOTHO-BILLAH).
(13) TO RECITE TASMIA (IE. BISMILLAH)
(14) TO SAY AA’MEEN SOFTLY.
(15) IN FAJR AND ZUHR SALAT, ONE SHOULD PRAY ANY SURATS FROM SURAH HUJRAAT (26 JUZ) TO SURAH BOROOJ (30 JUZ). IN ASAR AND ISHA SALAT PRAY ANY SURATS FROM SURAH BOROOJ TO SURAH LAMYAKUN (30 JUZ). IN MAGHRIB SALAT ONE SHOULD PRAY ANY SURATS FROM SURAH LAMYAKUN TO SURAH NAAS (30 JUZ).
(16) TO LENGTHEN THE FIRST RAKAT OF FAJR SALAT (ONLY).
(17) QURAN SHOULD NOT BE RECITED VERY FAST NOR VERY SLOW BUT TO DO QIRAAT AT A STEADY PACE.
(18) ONLY SURAH FATEEHA SHOULD BE READ IN THE THIRD AND FOURTH RAKATS OF FARDH SALAT.

THERE ARE 8 SUNNAHS DURING RUKU

(19) TO SAY TAKBIR WHILST GOING INTO RUKU.
(20) TO GRASP THE KNEE CAPS BY THE HANDS *.
(21) WHILST GRASPING THE KNEE CAPS THE FINGERS SHOULD BE SPREAD *.
(22) TO KEEP THE CALVES OF THE LEGS STRAIGHT (I.E. THE SECTION FROM THE ANKLES TO THE KNEES).
(23) TO KEEP THE BACK STRAIGHT.
(24) TO KEEP THE HEAD AND THE LOWER BACK IN A STRAIGHT LINE *.
(25) TO READ SUBHANA-RABBIYALAZEEM AT LEAST 3 TIMES IN RUKU.
(26) THE IMAM SHOULD SAYY SAMI’-ALLAHU LIMAN HAMIDAH, WHILST THE FOLLOWERS SHOULD SAY RABBANA-LAKAL-HAMD. IF ONE IS PRAYING SALAT ALONE HE SHOULD SAY BOTH.

THERE ARE 12 SUNNAHS WHILST IN SAJDAH

(27) TO RECITE TAKBIR GOING INTO SAJDAH.
(28) TO PLACE BOTH KNEES ON THE FLOOR FIRST.
(29) THEN PLACE BOTH HANDS ON THE FLOOR
(30) THEN PLACE THE NOSE ON THE FLOOR.
(31) THEN TO PLACE THE FOREHEAD ON THE FLOOR.
(32) THE HEAD SHOULD BE PLACED BETWEEN THE TWO HANDS ON THE FLOOR.
(33) TO KEEP A GAP BETWEEN THE STOMACH AND THE THIGHS, TO PERFORM SAJDAH IN A RELAXED STRETCHED OUT POSITION *.
(34) ARMS SHOULD NOT TOUCH THE SIDES OF THE BODY *.
(35) TO KEEP THE ELBOWS OFF THE GROUND (I.E. RAISED) *.
(36) TO RECITE SUBHA-NA-RABIYAL-AALA AT LEAST 3 TIMES.
(37) TO RECITE TAKBIR WHILST GETTING UP FROM SAJDAH.
(38) WHEN GETTING UP FROM SAJDAH THE FOREHEAD THEN THE NOSE THEN THE HANDS AND THEN THE KNEES SHOULD BE RAISED. ONE SHOULD PAUSE AND SIT WITH EASE BETWEEN THE TWO SAJDAHS.

THERE ARE 13 SUNNATS WHILST SITTING IN QA’ADAH

(39) WHILST SITTING IN QA’ADAH THE RIGHT FOOT SHOULD BE UPRIGHT. WHILST THE LEFT FOOT SHOULD BE LAYED OUT TO SIT ON THE TOES OF BOTH FEET SHOULD BE FACING QIBLAH *.
(40) TO PLACE BOTH HANDS ON THE THIGHS.
(41) IN TASHAHOOD WHILE RECITING ASH-HADO-AL LAA-ELAAHA, THE THUMB, AND THE MIDDLE FINGER SHOULD FORM A CIRCLE WHILST THE INDEX FINGER (KALIMAH) SHOULD BE RAISED, WHEN PRAYING ELAAHA, IT SHOULD BE LOWERED AGAIN, BUT THE CIRCLE TO REMAIN TILL THE END.
(42) TO RECITE DUROOD SHARIFF IN THE FINAL QA’ADAH.
(43) AFTER DUROOD SHARIFF PRAY A DUA WHICH APPEARS IN THE QURAN OR HADITH SHARIF.
(44) TO DO SALAAM ON BOTH SIDES ON CONCLUSION OF SALAT.
(45) TO BEGIN SALAAM FROM THE RIGHT HANDSIDE.
(46) THE IMAM WHILST DOING SALAAM SHOULD DO NIYAAT FOR THE MUQTADEES (FOLLOWERS), ANGELS PIOUS JINNS *.
(47) THE MUQTADEES (FOLLOWERS) WHILST DOING SALAAM SHOULD DO NIYYAT FOR THE IMAM ANGELS, PIOUS JINNS, AND ALL THE FOLLOWERS ON HIS RIGHT AND LEFT SIDE RESPECTIVELY.
(48) THE MUNFARID (A PERSON PRAYING THE SALAT ON HIS OWN) SHOULD DO NIYYAT ONLY FOR THE ANGELS *.
(49) THE MUQTADEE (FOLLOWER) SHOULD DO SALAAM AT THE SAME TIME AS THE IMAM *.
(50) THE SECOND SALAAM SHOULD BE SAID IN A LOWER TONE THAN THE FIRST SALAAM.
(51) THE MASBOOQ (A PERSON WHO HAS JOINED THE JAMMAT LATE) SHOULD WATT FOR THE IMAM TO FINISH HIS SECOND SALAAM BEFORE GETTING UP TO PERFORM THE MISSED RAKAATS.

NOTE * THESE APPLY TO MALE MUSALLI’S ONLY.

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