PACING TO THE MOSQUE AND INTERLOCKING ONES FINGERS IN IT

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: When you hear the Iqaamah {while going to the mosque] walk to the mosque in calmness and do not hasten, whatever part of Salaat you get with the people perform it, and complete that which you have missed. [Bukhaari] In another narration, the first part of the hadeeth is stated in a more general sense; it says: when you attend the [congregational] Salaah ... [Bukhaaree]

The one who hears the Iqaamah is more eager to catch up Takbeeratullhraam with the Imaam than the one who goes to the mosque before the Iqaamah is recited. And since the former is not allowed to hasten to the mosque, the later is more entitled not to do so. Other Fuqahaa (scholars of Fiqh) interpreted the hadeeth in a different way. They said: The ruling applies to the one who hears the Iqaamah, for he reaches the mosque and joins the Imaam in his Salaat while being breathless. So, he does the Salaah without being fully given to it unlike the one who reaches the mosque before the Iqaamah is recited; he could take a rest before Salaat is performed.

This view entails that the ruling in the hadeeth applies only on the one who hears the Iqaamah; the thing which contradicts the meaning included in the hadeeth which states "when you come to Salaah" which encompasses the later as well. In fact, the [iqaamah] specified narration only presents the reason that makes many people in general haste to the mosque. Hastening or pacing to the mosque, in order to catch the ruku or even part of the congregational Salaat with the Imaam is an act of disrespect to the Salaat and causes calmness and inconvenience amongst the praying people.

Interlocking Ones finger: Abu Hurairah (RA) related that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: When you do Wudu for Salaah, do not interlock your fingers [when heading to the mosque]. ,[At- Tabaraanee] The prohibition in the hadeeth addresses whoever walks to the mosque to attend the congregational Salaah as stated in Kabs Ibn Ajurah narration which states: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: When you do perfect Wudu and head to the mosque to attend the congregational Salaah, never interlock your fingers (I think he said) in the Salaah. In another narration, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is reported to have said: When you enter the mosque, do not interlock your fingers, for you are considered in a state of doing Salaah so long as you wait for it. [Ahmad]

According to this narration, the ruling encompasses whoever is waiting for the Salaah to be done. There are authentic ahaadeeth that state the legality of interlocking ones fingers in the mosque. The prohibition in the ahaadeeth mentioned earlier refers to the act that is done purposelessly; as for the other ones that bear the permissibility of interlocking fingers in the mosque, it is done for the purpose of setting a touchable clarification for abstract conceptions such as the hadith that states: Muslims are like one concrete structure; each part of which supports the other. Then he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) interlocked his fingers tightly together. This hadeeth was narrated by Imaam AI-Bukhaari.

 

This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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