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

بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم First of all, it would be considered as a constructive and helpful issue to know that Shiite school of thought doesn’t believe that they should prostrate solely on the stone. ...
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Must you always pray towards Mecca (Is your prayer invalid if you don't?)

Facing towards Mecca (specifically, the Kaaba) reasonably accurately is one of the conditions for ritual prayers ("salah" - this includes the obligatory five daily prayers, voluntary ritual prayers, ...
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What is the difference between Salat and Salah?

They're exactly the same word. In Arabic, the word صلاة‎ (salah/salat) ends with what is known as a taa marbutah, which can be pronounced either as "t" (if it's in the middle of a sentence) or an "h" ...
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A few questions about Islam and Allah - I don't understand

May God Bless you, Dan. I think that a common theme in all of your questions is "why does God..." or "why is God..." But I believe that we shouldn't try to look at things from God's perspective; ...
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Does the idea of praying 5 times a day come from the Qur'an?

We all know that the Quran is the primary source for anything about Islam, but it is more likely to be a kind of abstract this means when it comes to details we need the sunna as a 2nd reference. Now, ...
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Does a Muslim have to make up for all the prayers that he left without any excuse?

If someone intentionally leaves an obligatory prayer (i.e. salah) without any valid excuse: Then the position of the majority of the scholars, including the four Sunni schools, is that they must make ...
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Why do Muslims say Subhan Allah, Alhamdulillah and Allahu Akbar for 33 times after daily prayers?

All Praise to Allah Subhanahu wa Taala and blessings of Him be on Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him His family and companions, Subhan Allah (سبحان الله) means "Allah is free from imperfection". Al-...
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Must you always pray towards Mecca (Is your prayer invalid if you don't?)

Salah (ritual act of worship) is always performed while facing towards the Kaaba (few exceptions in extraordinary circumstances: source). Dua(personal invocations to God) and Zikr(uttering phrases to ...
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Why did we do takbir three times during Eid ul-Fitr prayer?

According your description you seem to have prayed the first time a Eid prayer. The major difference between Eid prayers and Jumu'ah is that the sermon of the Eid prayer is performed after the prayer,...
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Why is "Assalatu Khairum Minan Naum" only said in the fajr/morning azan/call for prayer?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم The phrase Assalatu Khairum Minan Naum (Prayer is better than sleeping) was not part of the azan (calling for prayer) during the time of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and it has been ...
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How does praying towards Kaabah not amount to Shirk?

In the name of Allah 1 . At first I should say that Tavaf does not mean the worshiping idol. if respecting to something means the idolatry so the ones who respect each other , are the idolater . ...
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If someone do not pray 5 time, is he/she Kafer?

I guess you refer to this hadith which is quoted in Sunan ibn Majah, Sunan an-Nasa-i, Jami' at-Tirmidhi, Musnad Ahmad and Mustadrak al-Hakim: Narrated Abdullah bin Buraidah narrated from his father: ...
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How to wash feet for Ablution at a workplace? Is Prayer valid without washing feet?

As Medi1Saif said in the comments. Washing the feet is an essential part of Wudu: Quran 5:6 O you who have believed, when you rise to [perform] prayer, wash your faces and your forearms to the elbows ...
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Is it a sin to offer only fard salat?

Note: This is a controversial topic. When Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said his companions to do something, by that he meant it. Which means there is no other go for the followers. And that is Fard. But, ...
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Will my salah be accepted if I pray at home?

Ahadith advising us to pray at home There are enough ahadith in which we are asked to offer some of our prayers at home: From Sahih al-Bukahri and Sahih Muslim and via an other chain and here for ...
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Would Allah ever decrease our good deeds?

So the Quran is saying that Allah will never decrease our good deeds but the hadith says if we omit Asr, all our good deeds will be lost. There seems to be a contradiction here. Can somebody ...
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Can the imam give the Iqama?

Yes, It's permitted for the Imam to give the Iqama and leads the prayer. (Hattab said in his book Mawaheb Al Jaleel) "It's permitted to give Adhan and Iqama, and leading the prayer..." ...
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Congregational Prayers and Coronavirus

The Assembly of Muslim Jurists in America said: "As for the jumuah, it is not permissible for adult men who are otherwise required to attend it to miss it except in the case of justifiable, not ...
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Performing Salah near shrines or graves allowed or not?

At first pay attention that those people who you mentioned, going to this shrines to offer their prayers (Salat) to Allah.so, they won't worship graves there. And "places of worship" in this hadith, ...
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How does praying towards Kaabah not amount to Shirk?

The fundamental wisdom that can resolve all such questions (i.e. charges of shirk in cases when certain objects are involved in worship) is that it is in essence impossible to worship Allah without ...
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Not praying in masjid when imam is a government paid employee?

First of all the prayer in congregation and in a mosque is considered by some scholars as a fard (mandatory) for each man who can follow the call of the prayer and isn't hindered by a disease to go ...
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Is it obligatory to pray Taraweeh in the mosque?

To some extent your question is already answered here. Were I think I could explain that the majority of scholars tend to say that it is recommended to pray compulsory or optional prayers at home. And ...
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Did Abu Thawr state that there is nothing wrong with female-lead mixed-gender prayers?

It is alleged that Abu Thawr — not, Sufyan al-Thawri, the founder of the extinct Thawri Madhhab — stated that there is nothing wrong with female-lead mixed gender prayers, but his opinion on this ...
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Can niyat (intention) be done by heart, or must it be declared verbally?

Basically an intention is made up in your mind. As for example if you want to pray a prayer you prepare yourself by thinking that you might need to perform wudu' etc. so the process basically starts ...
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Is it permissible to perform funeral prayers for someone who committed suicide?

Yes it is. Allah mentions in the Quran, the people for whom funeral is not allowed: وَلَا تُصَلِّ عَلَىٰ أَحَدٍ مِّنْهُم مَّاتَ أَبَدًا وَلَا تَقُمْ عَلَىٰ قَبْرِهِ ۖ إِنَّهُمْ كَفَرُوا بِاللَّهِ ...
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Some scholars say Muslims who don't pray are not unbelievers, but are executed: on what grounds is this justified?

They base it on: فإن تابوا وأقاموا الصلاة وآتوا الزكاة فخلوا سبيلهم But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them [go] on their way. — Quran 9:5 أمرت أن أقاتل الناس حتى ...
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Some scholars say Muslims who don't pray are not unbelievers, but are executed: on what grounds is this justified?

To complement the answer by @Uma: General rule: A Muslim should not kill another Muslim intentionally وَمَا كَانَ لِمُؤْمِنٍ أَن يَقْتُلَ مُؤْمِنًا إِلَّا خَطَأً And never is it for a believer to ...
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Huge difference between timing of Azan-e-Fajir in normal days and in Ramadan?

The time for Fajr is from dawn till sunrise. Since fasting must begin at dawn, during Ramazan they hold the congregation closer to its starting time, it is convenient. During normal days they delay it ...
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Did Musa(AS) used to pray salaat?

Yes he did. This is proven in the Quran: وأوحينا إلى موسى وأخيه أن تبوآ لقومكما بمصر بيوتا واجعلوا بيوتكم قبلة وأقيموا الصلاة وبشر المؤمنين And We inspired to Moses and his brother, "Settle your ...
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Is crossing someone while he is praying permissible?

There are essentially two parts to this question: what is the right thing to do, and how can we reconcile it to Aisha’s hadeeth? The first part of the question deals with what is the right thing to ...
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