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Salat الصلاة (the prayer) is the practice of formal worship in Islam.

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Why Do Shia Muslims use a stone for saying prayers but Sunni Muslims don't?

I have noted that the Shia Muslims use a stone (or soil) called Turbah/Muhr for saying prayers, but the Sunni Muslims don't use that and also consider it something taboo. Why there is such ...
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Why do Muslims offer prayers in Arabic? What is the significance of the language?

Muslims offer prayer and recite Quran in Arabic. What is the significance of Arabic language for worship according to Quran and Sunnah? Is there any hadith or verse of Quran that makes the Arabic ...
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What is the exact manner to join the Salat Jamat after arriving late?

Sometimes there is a scenario that Salat ba-jamat has been started and one person arrives at a time such that his one or more Rakat's are missed. Then in this situation what is the exact ruling to ...
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Does the idea of praying 5 times a day come from the Qur'an?

One of my maternal uncles argued that, since the Qur'an does not explicitly say anything about praying 5 times a day, it may be considered as optional/less important. What argument can I place ...
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Does a Muslim have to pray all the prayers that he left out?

If a Muslim wasn't used to pray and then he started and never left a prayer, does he need to pray all prayers he has previously left or Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala) will forgive him?
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What are the major differences between Sunni and Shi'i prayer?

In another post, I asked Is it permissible for Sunni Muslims to pray behind Shi'a Muslims?. What I want to know now are the major differences so that I can understand this issue better.
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Is there any advantage to praying in a masjid?

It is known that prayers are accepted wherever you perform them — washrooms and graveyards notwithstanding — and that it is not required to go to an actual masjid building to pray. As the ...
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Did Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) recite Darood-e-Ibrahim during the salah?

Did Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) recited Darood-e-Ibrahim in salah? Is there any authentic reference stating that Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) recited Darood in salah?
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Is there a sunnah prayer before salat aljumua (Friday prayer)?

After the first adhan for salat al-jumu'a, but before the imam comes, I see many people praying two rakat. Then after the congregational salah is finished, they prayer another two rakat. I know that ...
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Is it necessary for Muslim males to wear cloths that which show up the skin above the ankles?

We hear it very commonly that according to Islam, it is necessary for males to keep your pants (or whatever you are wearing on your lower body) above your ankles. i.e., it should not be hanging below ...
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Does dripping urine break Wudu?

Sometimes after you have finished urinating, it may happen that you drip in your pants right after you perform Wudu or before you go for prayer. So I wonder if it breaks the Wudu; what about the ...
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Should a woman's arm rest in sujood (prostration)?

When I first learned to pray, I was instructed to rest my arms on the floor, and was told that only men are required to lift them. But recently, after I moved to Palestine, it seems that everyone ...
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Should I discontinue Farz prayer if Jamat has formed?

Usually it happens while praying in prayer room at office, people gathered and form Jamat. So in this case, if you are in the middle of offering your individual Farz prayer. Should you discontinue the ...
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Which Salwat “صلوات” is correct?

Have you ever come across this Hadith: حدثنی سعید ابن یحیی: خدثنا ابی:حدثنا مسعر عن الحکم عن ابن ابی لیلی عن کعب ابن عجره (رضی الله عنه): قیل یا رسول الله! اما السلام علیک فقد عرفناه، فکیف ...
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Is it permissible for Sunni Muslims to pray behind Shi'a Muslims?

The other day I prayed behind a Shi'a Muslim without realizing and I noticed a little later that he was Shi'a. The prayer I followed didn't seem like the usual prayer I normally follow behind Sunni ...
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Putting the hands on the stomach or chest while praying salat?

I've notice a few people (men) at the mosque put their hands on the chest while praying salat. However, I also see that the majority of Indian and Pakistani people put their hands on their stomach ...
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How could a Muslim pray from the Moon?

In a hypothetical conversation, a friend of mine that is atheist asked how a Muslim can find qibla if the salat is performed out from Earth (in the Moon or Mars, by example). Is praying in direction ...
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What is the significance of facing the Kabbah during prayer when the Earth is round?

The Earth is not flat so what is the concept of facing Kabbah during Prayer. Does it have a meaning? Consider you are on the antipode of the Kabbah which is somewhere in Pacific ocean, if you are ...
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Is it obligatory for Muslim men to cover their heads while praying?

I have noticed that a majority of men cover their heads head with a cap or something to cover the hair while offering salah. Is this mandatory? What if sometimes you don't find a cap or cloth to cover ...
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Would we go blind if we look up to the sky in Salat?

There are Ahadith which mentions the Prophet (May Peace and Blessings be upon Him) saying that those who look up at the sky during salat will have their sight taken from them. Some books in which ...
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What is the proof that Islam is THE truth? How can I have 100% certainty?

How do I 100% know for sure that Islam is the truth? How can I be sure that the Islamic worldview - of what Islam says about this world and the afterlife - is true? Can I do better do then just "have ...
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What must I do if I forget and finish a 4 rakat fard salat at the end of its 2nd rakat?

Suppose that someone is praying salat of asr. After the the second rakat, he/she forgets that he has another 2 rakats and he finishes it. After he finishes everything and gets going back to his work, ...
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Why Umar (r.a) said praying taraweeh in jamaah was “good bidah”?

According to this question all bidah in religion is bad. But good things Hz. Umar said about people who were praying taraweeh with jamaah is known (couldn't find what exactly Hz. Umar said. I will ...
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What Suras/Ayat are Mustahab (recommended) to recite in the five fardh prayers?

I heard that it's mustahab to read from specific Surahs in quran in each of he five fardh prayers (i.e, Fajr, Dhuhr, Asr, Maghrib, and Ishaa). What are these Surahs for each prayer? and who ...
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Is crossing someone while he is praying permissible?

I have seen many people who scold if someone crosses the path where someone is praying. But the following hadith says otherwise. Bukhari :: Book 1 :: Volume 9 :: Hadith 490 Narrated 'Aisha: ...
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What does “السلام عليكم أيها النبي” actually mean?

When I first learnt how to pray salat, I was taught as part of the tashahud to recite the phrase "السلام عليكم أيها النبي." I am hardly fluent in Arabic, but my translation of the above is basically "...
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Why is “Assalatu Khairum Minan Naum” only said in the fajr/morning azan/call for prayer?

Why is Assalatu Khairum Minan Naum i.e. prayer is better than sleep Only said in the fajr azan and not any of the other four azans? As a person could be sleeping during those azans as well. ...
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Du`a before Taslim (Sunni View)

When praying Salat, before the Tasleem greetings "Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah السلام عليكم ورحمة الله" and turning your face to the right and left, what is the fourth Tashahhud to be recited ...
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Where should we look during Salah?

I have noticed that different people look at different places when praying. Does it matter where we look when we pray and where should we really be looking at during each step?
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When praying in Jamaah, what should I do if I am the only one in the last row?

Asslamu allikum, When praying in jamaah (congregation/group), I happened to be the only one in the last row. What do I do? Do I have to usher some one to step back and be with me? Jazakallahu khayr.
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Must you always pray towards Mecca (Is your prayer invalid if you don't?)

I understand that Muslims are supposed to pray 5 times a day, and every time you are supposed to do the Salat and face towards the Kaaba in Mecca. I'm wondering, is it essential to pray towards Mecca?...
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How does praying towards Kaabah not amount to Shirk?

Assalamu alaikum. I am following Islam and very proud to be Muslim. I have few question to clarify my doubts. Islam is against of idol worship and all the activities in Islam is different than the ...
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Would Allah ever decrease our good deeds?

According to Surah Muhammad Verse 35: "So do not weaken and call for peace while you are superior; and Allah is with you and will never deprive you of [the reward of] your deeds." - Quran 47:35 But ...
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How to perform witr salah?

Salam All, I want to know what authentic way to perform witr is. Hanafi School of thought sit after two rakahs and then in third rakah they perform rafaydan and make dua. But some raises hand after ...
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What should I do if my cell-phone rings during salaat?

I always keep my cell phone into silent before starting prayer. But Sometimes I forget to do this in a hurry. One day my cell phone rang on the mosque during a prayer; and in this unfortunate ...
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When does the time for fajr prayer end?

I want to know when does the fajr waqt end. Say if sunrise is at 7.30 AM. Then how do we calculate the last minute?
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What du'aa should I say after salah?

Is there a specific du'a that I should say after salah, or can I say any du'a? If possible, please give a transliteration of this du'a. Note: I did some research and found multiple answers. I would ...
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When imam forgets in prayer?

What should a person do if the imam forgets a sujood in prayer and the mamoom (the one(s) who prayers behind the imam, as following him) indicates, but the imam continues and does not do Sajdatu Sahu. ...
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Will my salah be accepted if I pray at home?

I read a hadith that said Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) wanted to burn the houses of those who prayed at home. So this indicated that it is wajib to pray in congregation. I also read another hadith that ...
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Does magrib last until redness disappear (nearly 15 minutes) or until isha (nearly a hour)?

I've always heard that the time for maghrib is about 15 minutes after it start i.e the time for the red afterglow to disappear. But now i'm hearing that maghrib doesn't end until Isha' starts which is ...
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In witr, can you read a dua other than Dua qunoot?

Do you have to read dua qunoot in witr or are there any other duas you can read? My grandmother has told me that you can recite any dua, where you are asking Allah for help but I have also heard that ...
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Traveler's Salat: When the reduction should be started?

Suppose I am on a journey to more than the minimum distance (three manzils or 77 km) to be considered as Musafir (Traveler) with a intention of staying less than 15 days. When does the Qasr Salah ...
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How do non-Muslims participate in Salaat?

As a Jew, I am allowed by Jewish law to pray in a [Sunni] masjid since it is a place which is completely free of idolatry and Islam maintains the pure monotheism and oneness of Allah. However, from ...
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How many verses of Quran should be recited after al Fatihah in Jammah prayer?

I currently have another Muslim brother staying in my house. We have been praying some of our Salat together at home; sometimes he leads and sometimes I do. Sometimes when he leads Maghrib or Ishaa, ...
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Combine Zuhr and Asr when late for Zuhr?

If I'm late for Zuhr prayer, can I combine it with Asr or must I pray the Zuhr separately from the Asr?
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Can a woman/female lead prayer?

Is it permissible for women to lead the congregational prayers? Will the prayers of those praying under her leadership be void, if they did unknowingly or were misled? Background: Women promote ...
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Why do ladies pray differently as per Hanafi fiqh?

In Sahih Bukhari, Our Prophet Sallallaho Alaihewasallam (peace be upon him) said "Pray as you have seen me to pray". He didn't shown any different way to pray for ladies. Why ladies are praying ...
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Can a Sunni Muslim offer prayers in a Shiite mosque?

Many peoples says don't offer salat/prayer in a Shiite mosque if you are Sunni Muslim. Is it impermissible to pray in a Shiite mosque?
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Why do some Muslims fold the top right of their prayer mats?

Why do some Muslims fold the top right of their prayer mats? I asked a few who said that we should either remove the prayer mats or fold a portion of it else Shayatin will pray on it!!! IMO (atleast)...
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Is it mandatory (Fard) for a man to go to masjid for all 5 prayers?

Asalam alaykum, I wonder if there is specific Hadith / Quran verses stated that Muslim men are mandatory to attend masjid for the five times prayer? What if you are not able to? What are the ...