We covered this hadith today in class and I thought I’d share this since it really struck me personally. In Sahih Bukhari Book of Prayers (Salaat) there is a Baab (chapter) called باب فَضْلِ اسْتِقْبَالِ الْقِبْلَةِ (Chapter : Superiority of (praying) facing the Qiblah with the toes towards it as well)
يَسْتَقْبِلُ بِأَطْرَافِ رِجْلَيْهِ. قَالَ أَبُو حُمَيْدٍ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ.
He faces the Qiblah so much so that the edges of his feet (toes) also are pointed towards the Qiblah. Narrated Abu Humayd from the Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wasallam.
The hadith :-
Narrated Anas bin Malik:
Allah’s Messenger () said, “Whoever prays like us and faces our Qibla and eats our slaughtered animals is a Muslim and is under Allah’s and His Apostle’s protection. So do not betray Allah by betraying those who are in His protection.”
|Reference||: Sahih al-Bukhari 391|
|In-book reference||: Book 8, Hadith 43|
|USC-MSA web (English) reference|| : Vol. 1, Book 8, Hadith 386
What struck me were the lessons mentioned when we studied this hadith:
- Look at the level of ihsaan we are exhorted to do when praying, to the point that even the toes should be facing or pointing towards the Qiblah
- If a person stands in prayer with his toes facing the Qiblah, his shoulders would be straight and the entire row would be straight if everyone does this
- we have so much trouble with straight rows in our communities across the globe (as far as I am aware at least)!
- If only we would really pay attention to these little details, it would make so much difference!
- The beauty of this is also that we should make every single limb (that is physically possible that is) face the qiblah
- we are then facing the Qiblah with our all (limbs, heart, attention, focus etc)
- we see this kind of discipline and organization usually in armies and on a smaller more ‘civil’ scale, in parades, bands, so as to produce a beautifully uniform movement of a group of people
- we care about these little details even such as in cheerleading, football games, swimming, etc so as to produce the most efficient, effective and most beautiful fluid movement ever that is pleasing to the eye
- there are even studies and research done to study things like this, such as how to attain minimal drag when swimming certain strokes, when diving, when flip turning
- the results of paying attention to these little details is fluid, beautiful, uniform performance or movements of an action by an individual or a group of people that are amazing to look at
- so why is it that when it comes to prayer, the most important thing in the world for a Muslim, we don’t use the intelligence, effort, energy, meticulous capabilities, attention to details that we obviously have and have been given by Allah ? That’s food for thought for me
- When we sit in jalsah(sitting position) in prayer, our hands should be placed such that our fingers are pointing straight towards the Qiblah and same thing in sujood(prostration)
- our toes should be pointed towards the Qiblah when we are making sujood (prostrating)
- when we sit in between the two sujood, the right foot should be propped up such that the toes are pointing towards the Qiblah
- basically, whatever limbs that we can point towards the Qiblah in positions of prayer, we should!
- of course this excludes those that can’t physically do it for whatever reason, but the keyword is effort
- Even in takbeer, when we raise our hands in the beginning of prayer and throughout, the palms should be facing the qiblah
- when we do this, we will feel a difference because everything is facing the Qiblah, subhanallah!
- it will probably help with our concentration and khushu’ as we are physically facing the Qiblah with our all and thus it reminds us and it may affect our hearts and actions biizhnillah
- when teaching kids to pray, make sure to emphasize these physical things to them because at that age, they’re very particular about tangible things
- when they’re taught this from a young age, inshaaAllah when they grow up, it will help give them a head start to having khushoo in prayer