Muslims all over the world pray 5 times a day facing Kabah (qibla). It is a far’d for them. There are certain positions and steps to offer Salah properly which were mentioned by our Holy prophet (P.B.U.H) during his time. Many of us have forgotten the correct way to offer Salah. These mistakes can also be since so many years have passed and alterations are made by people themselves. Here we are mentioning few common mistakes made by us all unintentionally. There several mistakes made which would nullify the prayer. Others do the disliked acts prohibited by Allah, therefore, you should be careful to not commit such violations to preserve your completeness of prayer. May Allah accept our ibadat.
- Not standing upright: This
usually happens when a person is in a hurry and want to join the raka’ with
Imam. They just bow down directly (ruku) after saying Takbeer while the Imam is
in Ruku state. This is a wrong way to start the prayer. You need to say Takbeer
and stand upright for a moment, with your back straight and then bow down. It is
important to mention here that standing straight is one of the Fard of Salah
and not performing it invalidates the Salah. Recommended: 6
Fard Acts during Salah omission of which invalidates the Salah
- Sometimes people don’t have
the tranquility during offering Salah. They just move at the crowd’s speed
while standing upright and bowing down to just perform the act. You should not
bow down early to follow others and neglect the necessary and required duas to
be recited. Failing to maintain tranquility could result in rejection of your
Salah and not obeying Allah. It will be like a person who did not pray at all
because Prophet Ali A.S said to a man who prayed in this manner which means,
“Go and Pray again because you did not Pray.”
- Some people say the initial
Takbeer while standing alone in a row. Prophet S.A.W said, which means, “The
one who prays alone in a row, is not accepted.” However, if you have a legit
reason to be not able to find someone to pray with you and you fear to miss the
prayer while waiting, then only you can pray alone and your prayer will be
- Some people race the Imam,
which is completely a sin. If you say “Ameen” before the Imam, you will miss a
great reward. Because Allah forgives the previous sins when one says Ameen with
the angels and the angels say it after the Imam.
- Some people do not recite
properly in Salah. They neither move their lips nor tongues while reciting
Quran. This is not considered recitation.
- Some people bow incorrectly,
in a position midway between standing upright and bowing completely. The back
and head should be leveled throughout the Rukoo’h.
- Some people do not prostrate
(sajood) properly for example, with feet off the floor or placing one foot over
- Some people place arms on
the floor during Sujood resembling a sitting dog. The arms should be away
lifted from the body such that the armpits can be seen. This can be ignored if
you are praying in a congested place to avoid discomforting others.
- Leaning against the wall or
a pillar during standing in a prayer such that if the pillar is removed, they
would collapse on the floor is not correct. This means you are not standing
- Not placing nose tightly on
the ground during sujood is a mistake as well.
- Inattentive during the
prayer and not aware of what was recited because you were thinking something
else is incorrect. Wandering eyes here and there while in Salah is a mistake.
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