The Diligence and Firm Resolve of the Salaf in Worship

In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, Most Merciful. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions. As for what follows;

1: Wakee’ ibn al-Jarraah, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said: “Al-‘Amash was nearly seventy-years old and he never missed the opening takbeer of the prayer.”[Siyar ‘Alaam an-Nubalaa’:6/228]

2: The Judge, Taqiyyud-Deen Sulaymaan ibn Hamzah al-Maqdisee, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said: “I never once prayed one of the obligatory prayers alone except twice and it felt as though I didn’t pray them.”[Dhayl Tabaqaat al-Hanaabilah:2/365]

3: Muhammad ibn Samaa’ah, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said: “For forty years never did I miss the opening takbeer of the prayer except once and it was the day my mother passed.”[Tahdheeb at-Tahdheeb:9/203]

4: It has been mentioned in the biography of Ibraaheem ibn Maymoon as-Saaigh, may Allaah have mercy upon him, that Ibn Ma’een said about him: “When he would raise the hammer and hear the call to prayer he would cease from that (and prepare for the prayer).”[Tahdheeb at-Tahdheeb:1/173]

5: It has been mentioned in the biography of Sa’eed ibnul Musayyib, may Allaah have mercy upon him: “The call for prayer wasn’t pronounced except that Sa’eed was already in the mosque.”[Tahdheeb at-Tahdheeb:4/87]

6: Ash-Sha’bee, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said: “Since I accepted Islaam the establishment for the prayer wasn’t called except that I was in abulution”, i.e. prepared for the prayer.[Siyar ‘Alaam an-Nubalaa’:3/163]

“And the Sheikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez ibn Baaz, may Allaah have mercy upon him, was indeed an example and model to be followed in his diligence in worship, going early to the mosque, preservation of the optional prayers, the supplications of the day and night, etc. His son Ahmad mentioned to me, i.e. Sheikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez as-Sadhaan: “Since I’ve known, my father would wake up a hour before the fajr prayer and pray eleven units of prayer.”

[1]Therefore, it is suitable and becoming for the student of knowledge to likewise be an example for the people to follow in his performance of worship, in fact in all of his affairs. That which is noticed about some of the students of knowledge is their lack of concern and regard for the obligatory prayers and constant concluding of the prayer once the Imaam finishes especially the fajr prayer along with neglignece in the optional ones.

And when the common people see a student of knowledge they take him as an example for them. If he does wrong they do wrong and use him as their excuse. And if he does good they do good and thus he’ll recieve the likeness of their reward without anything being diminshed from the latter.”

[1] I put these last two paragraphs in bold to emphasize the importance of the Sheikhs speech here.

Source: ‘The Imaam Ibn Baaz, lessons and examples’ by Sheikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez as-Sadhaan, may Allaah preserve him.

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About Abu Fouzaan Qaasim
American student studying in the Islaamic University of Medinah from Chester,PA.

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