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where to look during different positions in salah?


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

We begin with Allah’s blessed name, we praise him and we glorify him, seek his forgiveness and ask him to guide us. Whoever Allah guides, None can lead astray and whoever he misguides, None can guide. There is no power and no strength except from Allah, The most high, the Most great, the most powerful. We bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers. We pray for peace and blessings on all the noble messengers and in particular on the last of them all “the blessed prophet Mohammad (pbuh)”

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]

Thus from the above guidance of our beloved prophet Mohammad (pbuh) we should abstain from seeing here or there while offering salah. The sprit of the salah is that we surrender our body, soul, mind & every organ in front of our lord.

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.

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.

And this second opinion is supported by majority of the scholars. 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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