The Prophet's (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam) recitation
of the Qur'an in Salaat
Hadhrat 'Auf (Radhiyallaho anho) narrates:
"I was once with the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihe wasal-lam).
He brushed his teeth with a Miswak, performed his Wudhu and stood
up for Salaat. I also availed of the opportunity to join him.
He recited surah 'Baqarah' in his first rakaat; he would pray
for mercy when he recited any verse extolling the Grace of Allah,
and would supplicate for Divine forgiveness when reciting any
verse referring to His wrath. He took as much time in Ruku* and
Sajdah each as he had taken in Qiyaam. In Ruku' he recited:
'Glory to Allah the Lord of Majesty, sovereignty and magnificence.'
He recited the next three successive Soorahs in the
remaining three rakaats, and each rakaat was of about the same
length as the first one."
Hadhrat Huzaifah (Radhiyallahu anho) has also narrated a similar
story about his Salaat with the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam.)
The Qiraat (recitation) of the Qur'an by the Prophet (Sallallahu
alaihe wasallam) in the above mentioned four rakaats amounts to
more than one-fifth of he whole Qur'an. And the Prophet (Sallallahu
alaihe wasallam) recited the Qur'an with proper intonation (Tajweed),
and would also pray and seek forgiveness after relevant verses.
Again his Ruku' and Sajdah also would last as long as his Qiyaam.
We can thus have a fair idea of how much time he must have taken
to say his Salaat. This can only be possible when Salaat is a source
of great inner satisfaction and spiritual ecstasy. That is why the
Prophet (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam) has often been quoted as saying:
"The comfort of my eyes lies in Salaat."
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