An effort in f a c i l i t a t i o n

When a sunnah is replaced by a bid’ah, isn’t it a terrible loss?

The Adhkaarأذكار or supplications after Tasleem is from the established Sunnah of Rasoolullaah sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam.

Tasleem, by the way, is to end the Salah by saying Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah, Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah.

If you are an Imaam (the one who leads prayers) you need to take time not only for yourself but also facilitate things to those who are being led by you in the congregational Salah.

When I had been to my hometown recently during vacations, I really had tough time talking to some of the Imaams who lead five time prayers.

The problem is the collective du’aa offered immediately after ending every obligatory salah.  These Imaams in most of the masajids (mostly in Indo-Pak subcontinent) play a damaging part in that they don’t give time to the people being led to say the adhkaar ba’ad-as-Salah, that is, the supplications after obligatory prayers.

They start saying the du’aa in loud voice and the people behind these Imaams say “Aameen, Aameen” (And, in most cases, the pity is: Neither of them understand what is being asked for!)

When you tell these Imaams that offering such a collective du’aa at the end of each salah is bid’ah, and that saying Adhkaar is sunnah, they get angry and retort by saying: “I know better than you”. ” This is happening since many years here in this masjid”.

When you tell them that okay, please delay the du’aa, first give some time for yourself and the people to say the Adhkaar, they still argue and are not prepared even to listen to your explanation and the references you give from ahadeeth.

These Imaams are not willing to accept their mistakes. They don’t make the right judgement nor are prepared to mend themselves. They fear the so-called Masjid Managing Committee members lest they be fired from their post!

Actually, the duty of an Imaam ends with Tasleem. After Tasleem, the Imaam as well as the followers (the Musal’leen) can make du’aa, do dhikr, offer sunnah or nafl prayers…….people have freedom. This is what we do in the masajids here in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

These Adhkaar/supplications are mentioned in the authentic traditions and it was the practice of our Prophet sal-lal-laahu alaihi-wa-sallam, his companions and the generations who followed them. We need to take care of the Sunnah, and bury the bid’ah and try to understand the value and difference between both.

May Allah save us from innovations. May we understand the true spirit of Islam and lead a life of devotion in the light of the guidance provided by the glorious Prophet, Muhammad sal-lal-laahu ‘Alaihi wa Sallam. Aameen.

Jazakallaahu Khayra for reading this post.

September 12, 2014 - Posted by | Muqeet's (assorted) | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. AOA

    Excellent analysis. It is a common practice in Indo-Pak environment where most of the imams are illiterate. They have no schooling to study Fikha, Jurisprudence or any other form of Islamic Studies except Quran and Hadith. Most of Hadiths narrated by them are without reference and accuracy. Lot of “GHARIBE” Hadiths are described among the Juma and other public gathering.

    Comment by Sheikh Intsar | September 13, 2014 | Reply

    • Mashallah, what maolana has said was true since I am from India excatly I do face the same problem I wanted to complete my zikr soon after the obligatory prayers though the charts are hanging what one has to do I mean the zikr but specially Imam never follows and he as maolana said, he is very desperate to do dua in a loud voice and soon after that most of the Imams leave the musallah. You know specially after Faz’r and Magrib there’s little more Zik’r as far as I know what Rasool Allah Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Salam has adviced his sahab to be more safe but hardly I dont think even one or a two while follow that sunnah but alhamdulillah I do that but some time when I am in the market and praying outside where I have complete my salah like sunnah and Awwabeen in Magrib I am getting late and Maozzan wants me to get-up soon so that he can close the masjid or he needs to take those while sheets been put in the front rows. Allahu Akbar, this has become a regular practice in India. No muslim succeeds if they do follow the way they feel like doing for their convenience. One should follow what is been told to Muslim Ummah. Allah may give us Hidayat. Ameen.

      Comment by Shakeel Ahmed Siddiqui | September 15, 2014 | Reply

  2. Its true, well said the situation in India.

    Comment by AbdurRasheed | September 15, 2014 | Reply

  3. No doubt one must do adhkaar after Fard Salaah, however one must follow it by congregational dua as the dua after Fard Salah is accepted by Hadeeth so I find it hard to believe that this cud b a bid’ah. We do our salah for the purpose of begging Allah for our needs, so calling this a bidah is misguidance.

    Comment by Shagufta Ahmad | September 24, 2014 | Reply

    • I think you didn’t understand the main point of discussion here.
      Please re-read the post. Also please learn more about bid’ah.

      Comment by MuQeet | September 24, 2014 | Reply

    • AOA

      Any work, method, approach, concept covering the entire life of human beings done by Rasool Allah Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Salam is called Sunn’ah and rest all are bid’ah. This is unified stand among Ummat –a-Muslima.

      Comment by Sheikh Intsar | September 25, 2014 | Reply

  4. Maolana can answer better regarding congregational dua soon after the Fard salah wether it is bidah or not but one thing is for sure that the Azkar which has been advised by Prophet SAWS oon after the Fard prayer that has very much imporatance I have gone through several hadith regarding reciting Ayat-ul-Kursi and then 33 Subhanallah 33-Alhamdulillah and 34-Allahu Akbar and then Fourth Kalima and 3-Khuls these is been recited by Nahi SAWS very regularly but this is hardly been followed, this is what maolana wanted to say. I dont know, wether you knew it or not I am not sure if would have fimilar with it you would not have encouraged congregational dua soon after fard prayers.

    Comment by Shakeel Ahmed Siddiqui | September 24, 2014 | Reply

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