Wait Forty

Almost every week in jumu’ah, I see two things regarding salat that reallllly annoy me. Firstly, after the jumu’ah salat, people begin to offer their sunnahs. Depending on where I am, no one or half the people don’t put a sutra in front of themselves. The Prophet s.a.w. used a sutra and the companions after him, as is shown here…”The Prophet used to make his she-camel sit across and he would pray facing it (as a Sutra).” I asked, “What would the Prophet do if the she-camel was provoked and moved?” He said, “He would take its camel-saddle and put it in front of him and pray facing its back part (as a Sutra). And Ibn ‘Umar used to do the same.” (This indicates that one should not pray except behind a Sutra). (Bukhari). And another hadith showing the necessity of a sutra… Narrated Abu Salih As-Samman: ‘I saw Abu Said Al-Khudri praying on a Friday, behind something which acted as a Sutra. A young man from Bani Abi Mu’ait, wanted to pass in front of him, but Abu Said repulsed him with a push on his chest. Finding no alternative he again tried to pass but Abu Said pushed him with a greater force. The young man abused Abu Said and went to Marwan and lodged a complaint against Abu Said and Abu Said followed the young man to Marwan who asked him, “O Abu Said! What has happened between you and the son of your brother?” Abu Sa’id said to him, “I heard the Prophet saying, ‘If anybody amongst you is praying behind something as a Sutra and somebody tries to pass in front of him, then he should repulse him and if he refuses, he should use force against him for he is a satan.’ ” And to make matters worse, the masjid I’ve been going to as of lately is also a school and the children made sutras to be used on the musalla and people still go alllll the way to the back of the musalla and offer their sunnahs. Leaving the entire open musalla for people to have to wait for them to finish to walk out or to get their shoes, which brings me to issue number 2… Walking in front of those offering salat. The Prophet s.a.w. was narrated to have said, ‘If the one crossing in front of a praying person knew what sin is upon him, it would be better for him to wait forty than walk across.” Abu Al-Nadhr (one of the narrators of the hadith) said: I don’t know whether he said forth days, months, or years. (Bukhari). Or people sometimes walk up a little and then pass in front of the person, like there’s some hadith that says, ‘if you walk 5 ft in front of the person, then it’s ok.’ Uhhh no such hadith. I know it gets annoying waiting for someone to finish, especially when you’re in a rush, but next time, please fear Allah and consider the sin you’ll bring upon yourself if you choose not to wait.
And for people who don’t put a sutra in front of themselves while offering salat… GET A SUTRA and protect the rest of us from possibly falling into the sin of walking in front of you, by mistake or intentionally.

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