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Tahiyat masjid before sitting in masjid.

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Dear Burhan,

Assalam Alaikum,

Reference to your answer for the question 6695, and the reference from the Sahi Buqari Hadith No. 2.52, narrated by Jabir bin Abdullah, does it not become obligatory for all to pray 2 rakah even the sermon is in progress. Why then you say that it is not obligatory when Prophet Mohammed (saws) cleary instructed to pray 2 rakahs before sitting.

Kindly base your answer with guidance from sahi ahadiths.



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Tahiyat masjid before sitting in masjid

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Al-Muwatta Hadith 9.60

Yahya related from Malik, from Amir ibn Abdullah ibn az-Zubayr, from Amr ibn Sulaymaz-Zuraqi, from Abu Qatadaal-Ansari that the Messenger of Allah (saws) said, "Whenever you enter the masjid, you should pray two rakahs before you sit down."


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 2.52 Narrated by Jabir bin Abdullah

A person entered the mosque (and sat down) while the Prophet (saws) was delivering the Khutba on a Friday. The Prophet said to him, "Have you prayed?" The man replied in the negative. The Prophet (saws) said, "Get up and pray two Rakat."


Your Question: ..does it not become obligatory for all to pray 2 rakah even the sermon is in progress

The only prayers which will remain obligatory upon the believers are the five daily prayers prescribed by Allah Subhanah; all other prayers will be considered voluntary.


As much as the Prophet (saws) recommended and stressed that the believers offer a two-rakah tahiyatul-masjid prayer before they sit down in a masjid, it would not make the prayer obligatory; but it would remain a step below obligatory and would be considered wajib or mustahab in Islamic Jurisprudence terminology.


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