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GUIDELINES ON SELECTING AN IMAM FOR OUR PRAYERS

Friday, 7 December 2012
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December 07:

Hadith:
Abu Mas`ud `Uqbah bin `Amr Al-Badri Al-Ansari (RadiyAllahu anhu) reported: Messenger of Allah (Sallellahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said:

"The person who is best versed in the recitation of the Book of Allah, should lead the prayer; but if all those present are equally versed in it, then the one who has most knowledge of the Sunnah; if they are equal in that respect too, then the one who has emigrated (to Al-Madinah) first, if they are equal in this respect also, then the oldest of them. No man should lead another in prayer where the latter has authority, or sit in his house, without his permission". [Muslim].

In another narration in Muslim: Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.S.) said:

"One who is senior most in accepting Islam, should lead the Salat (prayer)". Yet another narration is: Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.S.) said:

"A man who is well versed in the Book of Allah and can recite it better, should lead the Salat (prayer); if (all those present) are equal in this respect, then the man who is senior most in respect of emigration, if they are equal in that respect too, then the oldest of them should lead the prayer".
[Muslim].

Commentary:
This Hadith highlights the following three points:

1. The order of priority for the appointment of Imam [one who leads As-Salat (the prayers) should be as follows: First, preference should go to a good Qari (reciter of the Noble Qur'an) who is also an expert in it, provided he is pious and acts upon the teachings of the Noble Qur'an faithfully. He should not be a non-practising Muslim. Nowadays, we have an abundance of Imam but many of them are neither pious nor faithfully act upon religious teachings. In any case, where we can find a Qari who fulfills the requirements just mentioned, he deserves first preference for appointment as Imam. Even a religious scholar will come next to him. It must be borne in mind that nice recitation of the Noble Qur'an does not mean its recitation with great skill, but its essentials are elegant voice, acquaintance with the `Ilm-ut-Tajwid (or science of reciting the Qur'an), clear and distinct recitation.

2. The ruler of a territory, its highest officer and governor should work as Imam in their respective areas. In the early ages of Islam, these authorities used to administer their areas, dispense justice and lead congregational prayers (Salat).

3. When one goes to somebody's house, he should not occupy the place reserved for the master of the house unless he himself asks him to sit there.

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May Allha guide and some

May Allah guide you as you have close your ears, mind and thoughts, why to act like Ostrich, when she put her head in the deep sand and thinking that no body saw her, learn and read books now so much are available in market, discuss with other brothers for the sake of knowledge try to see the sources too, are they tainted or doubtful, any incline toward to the ruling King or leader, study the leader in depth do some research and if you take step, the Almighty and wise will guide you certainly, I wish some of my brothers attend some of the younger brothers Manjlis and see the treasure of Islams from there Zakirs mouths, there Moulanas, in depth study and the sad fact is that they quote our holy books and that is the tragedy which makes you fixed and there in depth knowledge, and on our side only stupid and childish and immature talk, which not even a fifth grader would buy in this internet age, that reason they have more knowledge than us as far as Holy Islam is concerned, and have more books than us, in-spite of killings and killings of Shias since fourteen hundred years and still these Killing going on be it in Pakistan, Iraq, etc. May be due to following the blessed Prophet and Moula Ali who are the fountains of Elim, and for us we have tainted actors who embrace Islam just to get political mileage, other wise every body would have attend the Holy Prophet burial, it is sad fact and I hope young educated kids will enlighten us through research as Holy book the more you read and read you will find more depth and more knowledge, we as Muslims have to live and accept this hard facts of our past elders, there is no escape and no word can comfort these to blessed Prophet and to his noble family, whose body lies there for three days and only seven persons attend his burial, a very sad chapter, hope and pray that "SISAT" will publish this hard facts, if need I will quote some of the Holy books of Sunnis, like Sahi Sitta (Seven holy books) and much more.

Well history tells us that

Well history tells us that some people lead the prayer in state of intoxication. He prayed extra rakats in Fajr prayer and fooled the Umma. Go find out

Some leader of Muslims prayed Friday prayer on Wednesday. That's how the famous slang "Buddhu" came into play. Jo Juma ki Namaaz Budh koh padlay...wa re jahalatt

MAY ALLAH GUIDE YOU!

May Allah Guide You To The Truth Of Islam. And Open Your Heart To The True
Purpose of Your Creation And Life On This Earth. And Keep You Away From The Cursed Satan.
Aameen!

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