Once I came riding a she-ass when I had just attained
the age of puberty. Allah's Apostle was offering the
prayer at Mina with no wall in front of him and I passed
in front of some of the row. There I dismounted and let my
she-ass loose to graze and entered the row and nobody
objected to me about it.
Whenever Allah's Apostle came out on 'Id day, he used
to order that a Harba (a short spear) to be planted in
front of him (as a Sutra for his prayer) and then he used
to pray facing it with the people behind him and used to
do the same while on a journey. After the Prophet , this
practice was adopted by the Muslim rulers (who followed
I heard my father saying, "The Prophet led us, and
prayed a two-Rak'at Zuhr prayer and then a two-Rak'at 'Asr
prayer at Al-Batha' with an 'Anza (planted) in front of
him (as a Sutra) while women and donkeys were passing in
front of him (beyond that 'Anza)."
that he had heard his father saying, "Allah's Apostle
came to us at mid-day and water was brought for his
ablution. He performed ablution and led us in Zuhr and 'Asr
prayers with an 'Anza planted in front of him (as a
Sutra), while women and donkeys were passing beyond it."
Whenever the Prophet went for answering the call of
nature, I and another boy used to go after him with a
staff, a stick or an 'Anza and a tumbler of water and when
he finished from answering the call of nature we would
hand that tumbler of water to him.
Allah's Apostle came out at midday and offered a two-Rak'at
Zuhr and 'Asr prayers at Al-Batha and an 'Anza was planted
in front of him (as a Sutra). He performed ablution and
the people took the remaining water left after his
ablution and rubbed their bodies with it.
I used to accompany Salama bin Al-Akwa' and he used to
pray behind the pillar which was near the place where the
Quran's were kept I said, "O Abu Muslim! I see you always
seeking to pray behind this pillar." He replied, "I saw
Allah's Apostle always seeking to pray near that pillar."
The Prophet entered the Ka'ba along with Usama bin Zaid,
'Uthman bin Talha and Bilal and remained there for a long
time. When they came out, I was the first man to enter the
Ka'ba. I asked Bilal "Where did the Prophet pray?" Bilal
replied, "Between the two front Pillars."
'Abdullah bin 'Umar said, "Allah's Apostle entered the
Ka'ba along with Usama bin Zaid, Bilal and 'Uthman bin
Talha Al-Hajabi and closed the door and stayed there for
some time. I asked Bilal when he came out, 'What did the
Prophet do?' He replied, 'He offered prayer with one
pillar to his left and one to his right and three behind.'
In those days the Ka'ba was supported by six pillars."
Malik said: "There were two pillars on his (the Prophet's)
"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).
Do you make us (women) equal to dogs and donkeys? While
I used to lie in my bed, the Prophet would come and pray
facing the middle of the bed. I used to consider it not
good to stand in front of him in his prayers. So I used to
slip away slowly and quietly from the foot of the bed till
I got out of my guilt.
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.' "
that Zaid bin Khalid sent him to Abi Juhaim to ask him
what he had heard from Allah's Apostle about a person
passing in front of another person who was praying. Abu
Juhaim replied, "Allah's Apostle said, 'If the person who
passes in front of another person in prayer knew the
magnitude of his sin he would prefer to wait for 40 (days,
months or years) rather than to pass in front of him." Abu
An-Nadr said, "I do not remember exactly whether he said
40 days, months or years."
The things which annul the prayers were mentioned
before me. They said, "Prayer is annulled by a dog, a
donkey and a woman (if they pass in front of the praying
people)." I said, "You have made us (i.e. women) dogs. I
saw the Prophet praying while I used to lie in my bed
between him and the Qibla. Whenever I was in need of
something, I would slip away. for I disliked to face him."
the wife of the Prophet, "I used to sleep in front of
Allah's Apostle with my legs opposite his Qibla (facing
him); and whenever he prostrated, he pushed my feet and I
withdrew them and whenever he stood, I stretched them." 'Aisha
added, "In those days there were no lamps in the houses."
The things which annual prayer were mentioned before me
(and those were): a dog, a donkey and a woman. I said,
"You have compared us (women) to donkeys and dogs. By
Allah! I saw the Prophet praying while I used to lie in
(my) bed between him and the Qibla. Whenever I was in need
of something, I disliked to sit and trouble the Prophet.
So, I would slip away by the side of his feet."
Allah's Apostle was praying and he was carrying Umama
the daughters of Zainab, the daughter of Allah's Apostle
and she was the daughter of 'As bin Rabi'a bin 'AbduShams.
When he prostrated, he put her down and when he stood, he
carried her (on his neck).
It is not good that you people have made us (women)
equal to dogs and donkeys. No doubt I saw Allah's Apostle
praying while I used to lie between him and the Qibla and
when he wanted to prostrate, he pushed my legs and I
'Abdullah bin Mas'ud said, "While Allah's Apostle was
praying beside the Ka'ba, there were some Quraish people
sitting in a gathering. One of them said, 'Don't you see
this (who does deeds just to show off)? Who amongst you
can go and bring the dung, blood and the abdominal
contents (intestines, etc). of the slaughtered camels of
the family of so and so and then wait till he prostrates
and put that in between his shoulders?' The most
unfortunate amongst them ('Uqba bin Abi Mu'ait) went (and
brought them) and when Allah's Apostle prostrated, he put
them between his shoulders. The Prophet remained in
prostration and they laughed so much so that they fell on
each other. A passerby went to Fatima, who was a young
girl in those days. She came running and the Prophet was
still in prostration. She removed them and cursed upon the
Quraish on their faces. When Allah's Apostle completed his
prayer, he said, 'O Allah! Take revenge on Quraish.' He
said so thrice and added, 'O Allah! take revenge on 'Amr
bin Hisham, 'Utba bin Rabia, Shaiba bin Rabi'a, Al-Walid
bin'Utba, Umaiya bin Khalaf, 'Uqba bin Abi Mu'ait and 'Umar
a bin Al-Walid." Abdullah added, "By Allah! I saw all of
them dead in the battle field on the day of Badr and they
were dragged and thrown in the Qalib (a well) at Badr:
Allah's Apostle then said, 'Allah's curse has descended
upon the people of the Qalib (well).