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Moosaa
07-09-2007 @ 1:04 AM    Notify Admin about this post
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Carrying Small Children to the Masjid
And Holding them During the Prayer

  
Aboo Qataadah al-Ansaaree  (may Allaah be pleased with him) said:

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"The Messenger of Allaah (may Allaah raise his rank and grant him peace) would pray holding Umaamah bint Zaynab bint Rasoolillaah.   He would put her down when he prostrated, and then pick her up again when he stood up."


This hadeeth was collected by al-Bukhaaree (516) and Muslim (543).

In another wording collected by al-Bukhaaree (5996):

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"The Prophet (may Allaah raise his rank and grant him peace) came out once (to lead the prayer) with Umaamah bint Abil-'Aas on his shoulders.  He prayed, placing her down when he bowed and picking her up when he stood up."


Points of Benefit from this Hadeeth:

* The hadeeth proves the permissibility of carrying a baby girl to the masjid and during the prayer.

* Male parents and educators should not be shy to openly show affection to small children in different ways in front of other people, as it is not a weakness in manhood, rather it is an important part of manhood, since our best example of true manhood, the Messenger of Allaah (may Allaah raise his rank and grant him peace) used to openly show affection to small children in front of the people.

* Carrying small children to the masjid, and during the prayer, will help them to love the worship of Allaah, the people who do it, and the places it is done in.

* Carrying small children during the prayer is another way to show them mercy.  The Prophet (may Allaah raise his rank and grant him peace) would even carry Umaamah in a merciful and gentle way.  Al-Haafith Ibn Hajr (may Allaah have Mercy on him) said, "When he bowed or prostrated, he would put her down on the ground so that she would not fall.  Then it seems that she loved him so much that she could not remain on the ground, perhaps saddened to be away from him, so he would have to pick her up again once he stood up." (Fat-hul-Baaree 10/429)

* The hadeeth stresses the importance of having mercy on children, to the extent that some scholars gave it priority over complete devotion to the prayer.  Al-Haafith Ibn Hajr (may Allaah have Mercy on him) said, "Here there was a clash between complete dedication to the prayer and tending to the needs of a child, and he gave preference to latter." (Fat-hul-Baaree 10/429)

Others might argue that complete devotion to the prayer does not exclude giving consideration to the needs of those around us, and thus, there was no real clash of priorities in the first place.  The very one who ordered us to pray devoutly is the one who held Umaamah in the prayer, picking her up and putting her down repeatedly. (1)   Al-Haafith Ibn Battaal (may Allaah have Mercy on him) said, "There was nothing in his carrying of Umaamah that contradicts the devotion we are ordered to have in our prayers.  This action of his (may Allaah raise his rank and grant him peace) is a truly a great example for us to follow.  We should pattern our behavior after his actions and how he was so merciful and kind to all children, no matter their age." (Sharh Saheeh al-Bukhaaree 9/212, abridged)

* Shaykh 'Abdullaah al-Bassaam (may Allaah have Mercy on him) said,
"This hadeeth illustrates the humbleness of the Prophet (may Allaah raise his rank and grant him peace), his good manners, and the mercy he showed to the young and old alike.  He was our best example of good manners, gentleness, and mercy in his dealings, especially with children and people with weaknesses." (Tawdheeh al-Ahkaam 52-53, slightly adapted)  

And Allaah knows best.

(1) He is also the one who shortened his recitation when he heard a child crying, and he is also the one who prolonged his prostration to let a child finish playing on his back! (sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam)

Moosaa ibn John Richardson

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SyedImran
07-10-2007 @ 8:37 PM    Notify Admin about this post
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Assalamu ALikum wa rahmatullahi wa barkatuhu

Akhi Moosaa, jazak Allah Tayaka khairan,

Ya akhi,

how about those of our chidren who wear dipers. Can we still take them to the masjid while they have dipers on and pray while holding them. What did the scholars say about this? Barak Allah Tayala fikum

Assalamu ALikum wa rahmatullahi wa barkatuhu

AbuUbaid Imran

Muslima346
01-27-2010 @ 5:52 PM    Notify Admin about this post
Oum Lamees Bintu Ismail Ibn Abu Shamsedine as-Salafi (Mekkah)
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Djazakum Allaah.






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