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I have been told by one of my Shia' Irani Friend that the way we (Bohras) are praying Namaz is wrong. Now I asked him what is the right way. He says that, after every ruku and sujud when we get up for other Ra'kat you should pause for few seconds on sitting position then you have to get up, and after the second Ra'kat before the ruku you should lift your hands in begging position and should be exactly in front of your face but away atleast a feet and pray "Qunood".
Can you please explain, me the various way or if only one way of praying namaz, with complete detail.
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Your Comment: I have been told by one of my Shia' Irani Friend that the way we (Bohras) are praying Namaz is wrong. Now I asked him what is the right way.
We have been commanded by Allah in the Holy Quran to follow the example of the Messenger of Allah (saws).
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 33 Surah Ahzab verse 21: There is indeed the best model for you to follow, in the Messenger of Allah, for every such person looks forward to Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much.
Q-1: He says that, after every ruku and sujud when we get up for other Ra'kat you should pause for few seconds on sitting position then you have to get up,
On normal occasions the Prophet (saws) did not sit after the sujood, but used to get up directly for the next rakah.
But there is an authentic narration from one of the wives of the Prophet (saws), that the Prophet (saws) used to sit down after the sujood and then get up for qiyam, when he got a little old.
The scholars of Islam have said in their analysis that both of them are acceptable, if ones intention is to follow the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws). Thus if one sits after the sujood for a moment, or stands up directly after the sajdah, there is no harm in both; as long as ones sole intention is to follow the Sunnah of the Prophet (saws).
Q-2: and after the second Ra'kat before the ruku you should lift your hands in begging position and should be exactly in front of your face but away atleast a feet and pray "Qunood".
In light of the Sunnah of the Prophet (saws), it is recorded that in normal circumstances, he (saws) did not pray the qunoot supplications, except the fajr prayers. But when the atrocities and tyranny of the disbelievers increased, and they waged severe wars against the believers, the Prophet (saws) used to pray the qunoot supplications at the end of the last rakah of every prayer. It has been reported that during the battle of the Trench, he (saws) prayed the qunoot prayers regularly for one month. But under normal circumstances, he (saws) did not offer the qunoot supplications, except in the fajr prayers, where some narrators have said that the Prophet (saws) almost always prayed the qunoot supplications to Allah.
Thus, because the Prophet (saws) prayed both ways, with and without qunoot in the fajr prayers, both ways are considered fine. If you are praying your prayers in congregation, you have to follow the imam; thus if the imam prays the qunoot supplication you should follow him, and if the imam does not pray the qunoot supplication and goes directly to sajdah, you should do as the imam goes.
It has also been reported that the Messenger of Allah prayed the qunoot prayers before the ruku, and also after the ruku, thus both are acceptable.
Brother, the truth is these are small differences between the various scholars of Islam, and as long as the believer prays with the intention to follow Sunnah or way of the Prophet (saws), then Allah will Insha Allah accept it. But we cannot do anything in the prayers which is not substantiated by the Sunnah of the Prophet (saws).
In all the major or obligatory commandments of the prayers, there is absolutely no difference of opinion between the eminent scholars of Islam. Eg, everybody is unanimous on the number of prayers (5), the sequence of the prayer, the intention, the takbeer, the qiyaam and praying of Surah Fateha and other aayahs of the Quran, then the ruku, then sujood, then the tashahood, and then ending the prayers with salaams. These are the obligatory acts of the prayers, and there is absolutely no difference of opinion about these.
There might be small differences of the finer aspects of prayers, like where should one hold his hands, if at all. The fact is that it has been reported that at most times, the Prophet (saws) used to fold his hands, and sometimes he would not. Thus both are considered his Sunnah (saws) and both are acceptable.
These small issues are not obligatory, and if ones sole intention is to follow the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws) and does accordingly, Allah will Insha Allah accept your prayers. Other than the obligatory actions of prayer, without which the prayers become invalid, the other acts hold the position of mustahab in prayers. If one does them, it is good; and if one does not do them, there is no sin.
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