Prayer videos

Prayers for young Muslims ( 7 minutes)

As per Hanafi school. Differences exist in other schools.

Prayers for young ladies ( 8 minutes)

As per Hanafi school. Differences exist in other schools.




Niyat for prayers

I would like you to see the following link. It is a very clear opinion. Mufti Taqi Usmani is very well known personality, son of Mufti Mohammad Shafi, author of Maariful Quran and a world authority on Islamic Banking and I had met him once when he was Chairman of Shariah Board of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank where I worked.

Intention is from the heart and need not be any specific words or in Arabic or by verbalizing words aloud. Takbir-e-Tahrima ( Allahu Akbar) is important.

Also this link

Islamic Banking material will be shared via another post.

Pray like Prophet Muhammad SAW prayed


Mistakes in prayers

Women’s prayers:

I must mention that Hanafis follow what is described below whereas other schools have differences.
Relevant part from the link given below.

Many of our Brothers and Sisters object to the method of prostration (for women) in which it is preferred for her to make herself compact and cling herself to the ground including with her arms and elbows. The primary evidence quoted in opposition to this method (of making oneself) compact is as follows:

Anas (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) said, “Do the prostration properly and do not put your forearms flat with elbows touching the ground like a dog. And if you want to spit, do not spit in front, nor to the right for the person in prayer is speaking in private to his Lord.” [Bukhari]

According to a number of Jurists, this narration isn’t applicable to women but exclusive to men:

  1. There are numerous (authentic) narrations where Sahabah (RA) narrate the prayer of Nabi (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) and in the description of prostration that clearly narrate that his elbows were off the ground and separate from the rest of the body. Therefore it is interpreted that this method is exclusive to men, a sample narration is produced below.

Narrated Uqbah ibn Amr al-Ansari: Salim al-Barrad said: We came to AbuMas’ud Uqbah ibn Amr al-Ansari and said to him: Tell us about the prayer of the Messenger of Allah (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam). He stood up before us in the mosque and said the takbir. When he bowed, he placed his hands upon his knees and put his fingers below, and kept his elbows (arms) away from his sides, so everything returned properly to its place. Then he said: “Allah listens to him who praises Him”; then he stood up so that everything returned properly to its place; then he said the takbir and prostrated and put the palms of his hands on the ground; he kept his elbow (arms) away from his sides, so that everything returned to its proper place. Then he raised his head and sat so that everything returned to its place; he then repeated it in a similar way. Then he offered four rak’ahs of prayer like this rak’ah and completed his prayer. Then he said: Thus we witnessed the Messenger of Allah (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) offering his prayer. [Abu Dawood]

2 The Sahabah (RA) understood that women are to make themselves compact during prostration and a few of these narrations are given below:

Sayyidina Abdullah Ibn Umar (RA) narrates Rasul-ullah (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) said that when a woman sits during prayer then she should place her thighs (on one another) and when she prostrates she should join her stomach with her thigh as it is more concealing and verily Allah (SWT) looks at her in this condition and says to the Angels, “Bear witness that I have forgiven her”. [Baihaqi]

Abu Saeed Khudri (RA) narrates that Rasul-ullah (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) stated that the best rows for men are the front ones and the best ones for women are the last ones during Salah. He (Sallallaho Alaihe Wassallam) used to instruct men to be loose and for women to be (compact) during prostration. Men were ordered to keep the left foot flat and the right foot standing during Tashahuud and for the women to sit (squarely compact) during Tashahuud and for them not to lift their eyes to look at the Sat’r of men. [Baihaqi]

3 The understanding of some of the Taba’een also concurs with some of the Sahaba (RA) and a few of these Athaar are given below:

Sayyidina Ata (RA) states that a woman should be compact and when she prostrates she should join her (arms) [towards the floor] and her stomach and chest should join the thighs thus she should become as (compact) as possible Musannaf Abd al-Razzaq.

Sayyidina Ibraheem An-Nakhai (RA) states that women are instructed that when they prostrate to join the stomach with the thighs so her backside is not jutting upwards and parts of her body are not separate like men (but compact and together) [Baihaqi].




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