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thinking of the Nabi Salaah

Last updated: 18th October 2006
Question ID: #2817
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18th October 2006

Few years ago a Maulana from our local mosque was asked "if the thought of the prophet Mohammed comes during namaz does your namaz break"?. The answer that was given by the maulana was yes your namaz does break. I am confused regarding this matter please explain to me.

Ulamaa ID 04
Answer last updated on:
24th November 2006
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Ulamaa ID 04
Location: London

Al-jawab billahi at-taufeeq (the answer with Allah's guidance)

Thoughts whether voluntary or involuntary, do not break the Salaah.

Curing thoughts and doubts in Salah:

This happened to one of the Sahabah (Companions), namely 'Uthman ibn Abu al-'As. He came to the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and complained about it: "The Shaytan comes between me and my Salah, and causes me to falter in my recitation." The Messenger of Allah said: "That is a shaytan (devil) called Khinzib. If you sense his presence, seek refuge with Allah (Ta'ala) and spit (very little) to your left three times." Uthman (later) said: "I did that, and Allah (Ta'ala) rid me of him." (Saheeh Muslim)

This Hadith indicates two ways in which one may ward off the Shaytan who tries to disrupt one's prayer. The first is to seek refuge with Allah (Ta'ala) from the evil of Shaytan, even by pronouncing these words whilst praying - there is nothing wrong with doing so in this case. The second is to spit to the left three times. This means blowing air in a manner similar to spitting but ejecting a very small amount of saliva, so long as this will not affect the person next to you or making the masjid dirty.

Read the following duaa abundantly,'Laa Hawla Walaa Quwwata illaa billaah' (There is no power - to refrain from evil - nor ability - to do good - except with Allah, the Most High, the Exalted).

And Only Allah Ta'ala Knows Best.