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The Prophet ﷺ said: “Pray as you have seen me pray.” [ Source: Bukhari.]

It was reported on the authority of ‘A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) who said: “The Messenger of Allah used to begin the Salah by saying Allahu Akbar, and reciting Alhamdulillahi Rabbil’a’lameen. And he would, when making ruku’, neither raise his head nor lower it, but rather (maintain) a degree between the two. And he would, when rising up from ruku’, not prostrate until he had stood up completely. And he would, when rising up from prostration, not prostrate (again) until he had sat back completely. He would recite At-Tahiyyah at (the end of) every two rak’at. He would lay his left foot down while making the right foot upright (when in the sitting position). He used to prohibit the sitting posture of Shaytan, and a person outstretching their arms (on the ground) as a dog does when sitting. And he would end the prayer by saying As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum.” [ Source: Muslim.]

Facing the Qiblah and Saying Takbeeratul Ihram (the initiating takbeer)

- The one intending to perform Salat should stand facing the direction of the Qiblah, being fully aware that he is standing before Allah, The most High, and with utmost humility.

- He then makes the intention in his heart to offer prayer, but it is not permissible to say this intention out loud, because that is an innovation. He (the Prophet) (may the prayers and peace be upon him) has said that actions are by their intention, and there is but for each man that which he has intended.[ Source: Agreed upon.]

- Then he raises his hands to be level with his shoulders or ears, saying: “Allahu Akbar.” [ Source: Muslim.]

- Then he places his right hand over his left on his chest, holding the left hand with the right. [ Source: Ahmad.]

Facing the Qiblah and Saying Takbeeratul Ihram

Commencement of the Prayer and the Recitation of Fatiha

The person praying lowers his head and casts his gaze towards the place of prostration,[ Source: Bukhari.] then he says the opening supplication: “Subhanaka Allahumma wa bihamdika wa tabarakasmuka, wa ta’ala Jadduka, wa la ilaha ghayruka,” [ Source: Muslim.]

meaning: Glorified be You Oh Allah, and Praises be to You, Blessed is Your Name. Exalted is Your Majesty, there is no God but You.

- Then he says after that: “A’udhu billahi minash-shaytanir-Rajeem” meaning: I seek refuge in Allah from Satan, the accursed, “Bismillahi-r-Rahmanir-Raheem” meaning: In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. All these are to be said as gentle whispers. [ Source: Muslim.]

After that, he recites Fatiha [ Source: Bukhari.] and thereafter says ‘Ameen.” Meaning: “O Allah, answer this (supplication).”

- Following that, in the first two raka’at he recites a chapter, or any part of a chapter that is easy for him, from the Qur’an. He reads aloud in Fajr (dawn) prayer and the first two raka’at of Maghrib and Isha’.

Commencement of the Prayer and the Recitation of Fatiha

Bowing and Rising from it

The person praying raises his hands and says “Allahu Akbar”, then bows, spreading his fingers out on his knees as if he is grabbing them. He makes his back and head level, and then says: “Subhana Rabbiyal Adheem”

meaning: Glorified be my Lord, the Exalted (three times). [ Source: At-Tirmidhi.]

Thereafter, he rises and says (if he is the imam or is praying alone): “Sami’Allahu liman hamidah,” [ Source: At-Tirmidhi.]

meaning: Allah hears those who praise Him; and thereafter everybody (including the imam and ma′mum (those praying behind the imam) and also he who is praying alone) says: Rabbana wa lakal hamd. Mil′as-samaawati wa mil′al’rdhi wa mil′a maa shi’ta min shaiin ba’d.” [ Source: At-Tirmidhi.]

Meaning: Our Lord, and to you be the praise. The heavens and the earth and what lies between them is filled with Your praises, and whatever else You wish is filled (with your praises). It is recommended to place one’s hands on the chest, as one had done while standing before bowing.

Bowing and Rising from it

Prostrating and Rising up from it

The person observing the prayer says “Allahu Akbar” and falls into prostration, touching the ground first with his knees then the hands [ Source: Abu Dawud.] then his forehead and nose. He spreads his palms out flat on the ground besides his ears or shoulders. He places his fingers towards the Qiblah, lifting his arms up from the floor, his upper arm away from his sides [ Source: Al-Bukhari.] and his stomach away from his thighs. Following that he says: “Subhaana Rabbial A’la”

Meaning: glorified be my Lord, the Most High (three times). He should supplicate much when he is prostrating. [ Source: Muslim.]

He then raises his head saying; “Allahu Akbar”, without raising his hands, and sits by laying his left foot down (on the ground), but putting his right foot upright, with its toes facing the direction of the Qiblah. [ Source: Muslim.]

He places his hands out flat on his thighs with the fingers facing the Qiblah, and says: “Allahumma-ghfirli warhamni wajburni wahdini warzuqni,” [ Source: At-Tirmidhi.] meaning “Oh Allah, forgive me, have mercy upon me, enrich me, guide me and provide for me.”

Subsequently he says: “Allahu Akbar” and prostrates for the second time as he had done in the first prostration.

He then raises his head saying: “Allahu Akbar” and sits for a short time. This sitting is called Jilsatul istiraha’ (a sitting to rest) as evidenced by the hadeeth of Malik bn Huwairith , while describing the Prophet’s ﷺ manner of prayer, saying: “He does not rise until he sits a (short) while.” [ Source: Al-Bukhari.]

He then says “Allahu Akbar”, and rises to perform the second rak’ah, supporting himself with his hands. [ Source: Al-Bukhari.]

He prays the second rak’ah as he did the first, but does not read any of the opening invocations which are read at the start of the prayer

Prostrating and Rising up from it

At-Tashahhud

On finishing the first two raka’at, he sits to recite the first At-Tashahhud, laying his left foot on the ground and placing the right foot upright. He places his hands on his thighs, the left hand placed out flat, but as for the right hand, the little finger and the ring finger are clenched to his palm, with the middle finger and the thumb touching each other to form the shape of a circular ring, and the index finger raised. He points with the raised index finger while reciting the At-Tashahhud and also gazes at it, saying: Attahiyyatu lillahi was salawaatu, wattayyibaatu, assalaamu ‘alaika ayyuhan-nabiyyu wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu, assalaamu ‘alaina wa ‘ala ‘ibadillahis saaliheen. Ash-hadu an la illaha illallahu wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa Rasoooluhu.” [ Source: Al-Bukhari.]

Meaning: “All salutations are due to Allah, and all prayers and good words (are due to Him). Peace be upon you, O’ Prophet, and the Mercy of Allah and His Blessings. Peace be upon us and the righteous servants of Allah. I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship but Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger.”

Then he rises – if it is more than a two raka’at prayer – saying “Allahu Akbar” and raising his hands as he does so. He does not recite anything in the remaining rak’ah(s) except Fatiha.

He sits in a tawarruk posture [ Source: Abu Dawud.] during the last at-Tashahhud. What is meant by this is that the left foot is placed so as to appear on the right side, from under the right leg, while it (the left leg) is laid on the floor. He sits on his buttocks while the right foot is upright, and he recites what was related in the first at-Tashahhud, but adds the following: “Allahumma salli ‘ala Muhammadin wa ‘ala aali Muhammadin, kama sallaita ‘ala Ibraheema wa ‘ala aali Ibraheema, innaka Hameedun Majeed. Allahumma baarik ‘ala Muhammadin wa ‘ala aali Muhammadin, kama baarakta ‘ala Ibraheeema wa ‘ala aali Ibraheema, innaka Hameedun Majeed.” [ Source: Al-Bukhari.]

Meaning: “Oh Allah, bestow your favor on Muhammad and upon the household of Muhammad as you have bestowed your favor upon Ibraheem and the family of Ibraheem. Verily, You are Full of praises, Most Glorious. Oh Allah, bless Muhammad and the household of Muhammad as you have blessed Ibraheem and the family of Ibraheem. Verily, You are Full of praises, Most Glorious.”

Then he says: ”Allahumma inni a‘udhu bika min ‘adhabi Jahannama, wa min ‘adhabil qabri, wa min fitnatil mahya wal mamaati, wa min sharri fitnatil maseehid-dajjal.”[ Source: Al-Bukhari.]

Meaning: “Oh Allah, I seek refuge in you from the punishment of the Hellfire, from the punishment of the grave, from the trials of life and death, and the evil of the false Messiah.”

Saying the Salam

At the end of the prayer the person says Salam to the right saying: “As-salamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullah.” [ Source: Muslim.] Following that he repeats it to his left .

The Opening Takbeerah The Opening Takbeerah
Reciting the Fatiha Reciting the Fatiha
Bowing and Returning to a Standing Position Bowing and Returning to a Standing Position
Prostration and Returning to a Sitting Position Prostration and Returning to a Sitting Position
Sitting between the two Prostrations Sitting between the two Prostrations
Sitting
Sitting Sitting for the Final Tashahhud
Sitting final
Sitting final
Sitting final Saying the Salam

Some Athkar (words of remembrance and supplication) said after Salah

- “Astaghfirullah” (three times), “Allahumma antas-Salamu waminkas-salamu, tabaarakta yaa thal-Jalali wal-Ikram.” [ Source: Muslim.]

Meaning: I seek the forgiveness of Allah (to be said three times). O Allah, You are As-Salam (The One Who is free from all defects and deficiencies) and from You is all peace. Blessed are You, O Possessor of Majesty and Honour.

- ”La ilaha illallahu wahdahu la shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul hamdu wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer. Allahumma la mani‘a lima a‘tayta wala mu’tiya ‘lima mana‘ta, wa la yanfa’u dhal jaddi minkal jaddu.” [ Source: Al-Bukhari.]

Meaning: There is no God but Allah alone. He has no partner. His is the Dominion and His is all the Praise, and He is capable of all things. Oh Allah, there is none who can prohibit what You have given, and none who can give what You have prohibited, and wealth can not avail any wealthy person against Your Will and Decisions.

“La ilaha illallahu wahdahu la shareeka lahu, lahulmulku, wa lahul hamdu wa huwa ‘ala kulli shayin qadeer. La haola wala quwwata illa billah, La ilaha illallahu, wala na ‘budu illa iyyahu, lahun ni’matu walahul fadhlu, wa lahuth-thanaa’ul hasanu, la ilaha illallahu mukh-liseena lahud-deena wa lau karihal kaafiroon.” [ Source: Muslim.]

Meaning: There is no God but Allah alone, He has no partner, His is the Dominion and His is all the Praise and He is capable of all things. There is no power and might except that of Allah. There is no god but Allah, and we shall not worship other than Him. All good praises are due to Him. There is no God but Allah; we reserve our devotion purely for Him, though the disbelievers may detest it.

“Subhana llahi, wal hamdu lillahi, wallahu akbar” (thirty-three times each), “La ilaha illallahu wahdahu la shareeka lahu, lahul mulku wa lahul hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer.” [ Source: Muslim.]

Meaning: Glorified be Allah, and praises are due to Allah, and Allah is the greatest (thirty-three times). There is no God but Allah alone. He has no partner, His is the Dominion, and His is all the Praise and He is capable of all things.

- “Allahumma a’inni ‘ala thikrika, wa shukrika, wa husni ‘ibaadatika.” [ Source: Abu Dawud.]

Meaning: O Allah, help me to remember You, to give You thanks and to be Your good servant.

- Recitation of Ayatul-kursiy, suratul Ikhlas, al- Falaq, and an-Nas. [ Source: An-Nasaee.]

He also says: “Allahumma inni as′aluka ‘ilman nafian warizqan toyyiban wa ‘amalan mutaqaballan,” [ Source: Ibn Majah.] after saying tasleem in the fajr prayers. Meaning: O Allah, I ask You for knowledge that is of benefit, a good provision and (to be able to do) deeds that will be accepted.

An Issue
A woman is like a man with regards to the manners of prayers, in every way.