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August 14, 2010


Article: 40 Common Mistakes in Salah

by Umm Muawiyah

Assalamu Alaikum.

Yes, Ramadan is the Month of Salah.

And when we pray, we should make sure that we pray PROPERLY.

It’s amazing how many people make mistakes in the salah.

Just a note: If you see someone making a mistake in prayer, you are OBLIGATED to tell them.

One of my classmates had asked one of our teachers if she was sinful if she saw a person (who spoke a different language to hers) making a mistake in prayer and she didn’t correct her. Our teacher pointed out that yes, she was sinful because she could tell the person via movements! Subhan Allah.

And for those who find it embarrassing to correct others, then my teacher’s words should be enough: “It’s better to be embarrassed in this world than to be embarrassed on the Day of Judgment.”

And really, what exactly is so embarrassing about it? We’re just afraid of what this person will think of us. Why should we be worried? We’re telling the person his/her mistake because 1) we want to be able to say (on the Day of Judgement) that we did our duty and 2) so that this sister/brother can worship Allah in a better way.

Remember that dawah is an act of ibaadah. So by correcting them, we are trying to come closer to Allah.

[A word of advice: Please don’t just jump on the person and scream at them. Show wisdom and manners and then you’ll see the good results. Use stupidity and harshness and you won’t know what hit you.]

So, here’s the article: 40 Common Mistakes in Salah by Shaikh Saalih ibn Abdul Azeez Aal Ash-Shaikh (Translation 1 and Translation 2).

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Umm Moosa
    Aug 15 2010

    JazakAllahu khayran for the wonderful posts. Just had a quick question:
    If there is a person who has done more hifz than the other, is he more deserving to lead the salaah or does being an imaam have no such requirement?

    • Umm Muawiyah
      Aug 15 2010

      Assalamu Alaikum.

      Wa Iyaaki.

      [Subhan Allah, I was just thinking of how I hadn’t replied to your last email!]

      Yes, there is a hadeeth which states that the one “who knows more Quran” should lead the prayer. It’s not just the hifdh though.

      Please check this discussion:

  2. Umm Moosa
    Aug 16 2010

    JazakAllahu khayran. That was very beneficial.
    Also, can you please provide me with good websites for downloading arabic lectures and names of good speakers.
    BarakAllahu feeki.

    • Umm Muawiyah
      Aug 16 2010

      Assalamu Alaikum.

      Wa iyaaki.

      Well, if you want clear speakers, you could go with:

      – Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeen (rahimahullah)
      – Shaikh Saalih Al-Fawzan (rahimahullah)
      – Shaikh Abdur Razaaq Al-Abbaad

      There are others as well. Alhamdulillah, there are plenty of excellent Arabic speakers.

      As for the websites, you could try the following:

      1) – Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeen’s official website. It has lots of lectures. Try out his tafseer lectures. Very nice.

      2) – I don’t agree with the entire list of speakers that they have but most of them are good. They have a HUGE collection, masha-Allah.

      3) – This is from the Islamic Propagation Office in Rabwah.

      4) – I don’t agree with all their choices either but they have a huge collection as well.

      5) – This is an English site. They have lots of Arabic lectures with the translation (i.e. the translation was done live in front of the audience), so it’s quite nice if you want to check if you’ve really understood the Arabic.

      Of course, it doesn’t always work because what happens to me is that because I know that the English translation is coming, I don’t focus on the Arabic part…

      6) – Okay, so he’s one of my teachers but he is very clear and his lectures are really good, especially his tafseer ones.

      7) – As far as I know, this is also a good, authentic site.

      8) – I’ve heard that this one is good too.

      I’m not that familiar with Arabic websites so I can’t list that many.

      Hope the above list helps though.

  3. Umm Moosa
    Aug 17 2010

    JazakAllahu khayran ahsan al-jazaa.
    Will check them out soon inshaAllah.

    • Umm Muawiyah
      Aug 17 2010

      Assalamu Alaikum.

      Wa iyaaki.

      PS. It’s Jazakillahu kheiran for women.


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