The worst thief

The Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said:

“The worst thief among men is the one who steals from his prayer.”

They (his companions) said, “O Messenger of Allaah, how does he steal from his prayer?”

He said “He does not complete its rukoo’ and sujood.” [Declared Sahih by Adh-Dhahabi. Collected in Ibn Abi  Shaibah, At-Tabaraani and Haakim]

It is known to the student of knowledge that being at ease (itmi’naan) in each position of the Prayer is a pillar. If any pillar (rukun) is missing in the salaah, then the salaah is not valid. The Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) ordered the one who prayed badly:

“Indeed, the prayer of one of you is not complete until he makes an excellent ablution as Allaah has commanded him to … then he celebrates Allaah’s greatness, praises and glorifies Him, then recites the Qur’aan as much as is easy for him from what Allaah has taught him and allowed him, then says takbeer and makes rukoo’ [and places his hands on his knees] until his joints are at ease and relaxed.” [An-Nasaa’i and Abu Dawood- Haakim and Adh-Dhahabi declared it saheeh]

It is an obligation to be at ease during rukoo’ and sujood. Once as the Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) was praying:

“…he glanced out of the corner of his eye at a man not settling his backbone in rukoo’ and sujood. When he finished, he said, ‘O assembly of Muslims! Verily, the prayer is not valid of the one who does not settle his spine in rukoo’ and sujood.’” [Ibn Maajah and Ahmad with a Saheeh isnad]


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