Kitab Al-Salaah (The book of Prayer)


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  • Kitab Al-Salaah (The book of Prayer)


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    Performance
    Of The Prayer By One Who Is Sick

               
    A sick person has to perform the prayer in accordance with the person's
    conditions. The Prophet (peace be upon him) was once asked by a sick
    companion as to how he can perform the prayer and the Prophet (peace be
    upon him) replied him as follows: “Pray standing but if unable
    then by sitting and if still unable then do so whilst on your back”

    (Reported by Imam Bukhari).

               
    Thus:

    • If, it is impossible for the sick person to stand up, he/she
      shall perform the prayer by sitting and making token gestures for the
      "Rukuu" and "Sujuud" positions by bringing the head slightly down as
      indication for "Rukuu" and slightly further down as indication for
      "Sujuud".
    • If, it is impossible for the sick person to pray sitting,
      he/she shall perform the prayer by lying on his/her back. Allah
      (subhanahu wa ta'ala) says: “Those are they (men of
      understanding) who remember allah while standing, sitting and reclining”

      (Qur'an 3:190-191). The person's legs are directed towards the Qiblah
      and will make mere token gestures as far as possible with the head for
      the bowing (Rukuu) and the prostration (Sujuud) positions.
    • If, still it is impossible for the sick person to perform
      the prayer while lying as discussed in No. 2 above, then, the person
      shall perform the prayer by heart. The person shall come up with all
      the required recitations as far as possible and will recall to mind all
      the necessary postures for the prayer.

    Such is the importance of the Prayer in Islam that a person must
    perform it no matter what his/her condition.

     

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