Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Historical Account of Namaz or Salat- Prayer of Two Rak’ats (Part 8)

By Nastik Durrani, New Age Islam
26 February, 2014
It is narrated by Hazrat Muqatil Bin Sulaiman that “Allah made obligatory two cycles (Rak’ats) of prayer at the dawn and two more in the evening” (1). It is also mentioned that the Prophet (pbuh) would go to the Ka’ba in the beginning of the day and perform the dawn prayer. The people of Quraish would not refuse the Prophet to engage in it. The Prophet’s companions, in person or in groups, would go to different parts of the city to perform the evening prayer (Salat-ul-Asr). They used to perform two prayers: the dawn prayer (Salat al-Duha) and the evening prayer (Asr). Later, the five daily prayers were sent down (2). So, Muslims had two prayers in the initial days: Salat al-Duha (the dawn prayer) and Salat al-Asha (the evening prayer), which is also known as Salat-ul-Asr (3). This opinion is based on the collective consensus (Ijm’a) of the Majority of Ulema.
A well-known Islamic scholar “Al-Muzni” mentions that there was a pre-dawn prayer before the Salat-ul-Isra and another prayer before the sunrise. Those who endorse this opinion turn to this verse from the Quran: “So be patient, [O Muhammad]. Indeed, the promise of Allah is truth. And ask forgiveness for your sin and exalt [Allah] with praise of your L


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