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Where to look while salah? Is there any hadith to look at sajdah place while in salah?

Where to look while salah? Is there any hadith to look at sajdah place while salah except tashahud (to look at index finger) or to look different places at different situations? If it is so please give sahih hadith reference. Jaza-allah khair.

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Where to look while salah?
Imam malik is of the opinion that the believer in prayer should look in the direction of qaba (qibla), while imam shafi & imam abu-hanifa( may Allah be pleased with them) are of the opinion that the believer should point his eyes where they naturally fall during the different positions while offering salah. And this second opinion is supported by majority of the scholars. Thus according to this opinion:

1. While in standing position our eyes should focus on position where we prostrate.

2. While in ruku our eyes should be on the foot (where they naturally fall).

3. while in tashud our eyes naturally fall on the lap.

Is there any hadith to look at sajdah place while salah except tashahud (to look at index finger) or to look different places at different situations? If it is so please give sahih hadith reference.

This second opinion above is supported by these narrations:

Narrated Anas bin Malik: The Prophet said, "What is wrong with those people who look towards the sky during the prayer?" His talk grew stern while delivering this speech and he said, "They should stop (looking towards the sky during the prayer); otherwise their eye-sight would be taken away." SAHIH AL_BUKHARI [Book 1 : Volume 12 : Hadith 717]

Narrated 'Aisha: I asked Allah's Apostle about looking hither and thither in prayer. He replied, "It is a way of stealing by which Satan takes away (a portion) from the prayer of a person." SAHIH AL_BUKHARI [Book 1 : Volume 12 : Hadith 718]

According to the above narrations it is strictly prohibited for a Muslim to look towards sky or hither and thither in prayer, When a person looks here and there in the course of Salah and does not concentrate on it, Satan avails this opportunity and spoils his Salah.

Thus the directions (to look towards in Salah) which remain permissible are straight in the direction of qibla or down head towards the ground.

The majority of scholars consider looking down towards the place of sajidah accurate (while in standing position), because it prevents a believer from any type of distraction, and helps a believer to concentrate In Salah and similar is case in other positions. And Allah alone knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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