Salaat of a Few Eminent Sahabah
Hadhrat Mujahid (Radhiyallaho anho), describing the Salaat of Hadhrat
Abu Bakr (Radhiyallaho anho), and that of Hadhrat Abdullah bin Zubair
(Radhiyallaho anho) says:
"They stood in Salaat motionless like pieces of wood stuck
in the ground."
'Ulama agree that Hadhrat Abdullah bin Zubair (Radhiyallaho anho)
learnt to say his Salaat from Hadhrat Abu Bakr
(Radhiyallaho anho), who in turn learnt it direct from the Prophet
(Sallallahu alaihe wasallam).
It is said about Hadhrat Abdullah bin Zubair (Radhiyallaho anho)
that he remained in Sajdah for so long, and kept so motionless therein,
that birds would come and perch on his back. He would sometimes
remain in Sajdah or Ruku' all night long. During an'attack against
him, a missile came and hit the wall of the musjid wherein he was
saying his Salaat. A piece of masonry flew from the wall and passed
in between his beard and throat. He neither cut short his Salaat,
nor was he the least perturbed.
Once he was saying his Salaat while his son Hashim was sleeping
near him. A snake fell from the ceiling and coiled round the child.
The child woke up and shrieked, and the whole household gathered
round him. They killed the snake after a great hue and cry. Ibne
Zubair (Radhiyallaho anho), calm and quiet, remained engaged in
his Salaat all the while. When he had finished it, he said to his
wife: "I heard some noise during my Salaat; what was that?"
His wife exclaimed:
"May Allah have mercy on you! The child's life was in danger,
and you took least notice of it."
His answer was:
"Had I turned my attention to anything else, what would have
remained of the Salaat?"
Hadhrat 'Umar (Radhiyallaho anho) was stabbed at the close of his
career, and this same wound caused his death. He bled profusely
and remained unconscious for long intervals. But when he was informed
of the time of Salaat, he would perform it in that very condition,
"There is no portion in Islam for the person who discards
Hadhrat Uthman (Radhiyallaho anho) would remain in Salaat all night
long, finishing the whole of the Qur'an in one rakaat.
It is reported about Hadhrat Ali (Radhiyallaho anho) that he would
turn pale and tremble at the time of Salaat. Somebody asked him
the reason, and he said:
"It is the time to discharge that trust which Allah
offered to the Heavens and the Earth and the hills, but they shrank
from bearing it, and I have assumed it."
Somebody asked Khalaf-bin-Ayub: "Do not the flies annoy you
in your Salaat?"
His answer was:
"Even the sinful persons patiently bear the lashes
of the government, to boast of their endurance afterwards. Why
should I be made to skip about by mere flies when standing in
the presence of my Lord?"
Muslim bin Yasaar when he stood up for Salaat, said to members
of his family:
"You may keep on talking, I shall not be knowing what you
Once he was saying his Salaat in the Jaami' musjid of Basrah. A
portion of the musjid wall fell down with a crash; and every body
ran pell mell for safety, but he never even heard the noise.
Somebody asked Haatim Asam as to how did he say his Salaat.
"When the time for Salaat comes, I perform my Wudhu and
go to the place where I have to say my Salaat. I sit down for
some time, till all the parts of my body are relaxed. Then I
stand up for Salaat, visualising the Ka'bah in front of me,
imagining my feet upon the Bridge of Siraat, with Paradise to
my right, and Hell to my left, and Izraa-eel close behind me,
and thinking that it may be my last Salaat. Then I say my Salaat
with full sincerity and devotion.
And I finish my Salaat between fear and hope about its acceptance.
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