It is detested for any Muslim - to the exclusion of the Imaam -to stick to one place in the mosque to do the obligatory Salaah in.Abdur Rahmaan Ibnshrbl said: 'AIlaah's Messenger (peace and blessing of Allaah be upon him) forbade that a Muslim does his Salash so fast like a crow when it eats, spreads his! Her arms [in prostration] as dogs do [when they sit] and sticks to one place in the mosque when doing Salaah as camels stick to their resting places.' [Ahmad]
Yazeed IbnAbee 'Ubaid said: 'I used to accompany Salamah Ibn A1 'Akwa'tothe mosque. He used to perform his Salaah towards the pole nearby the stand on which the Mushaf used to be placed. I enquired: '0 Abaa Muslim, I noticed that you are keen to do your Salaah towards that pole!' He said: 'Indeed. I saw the Prophet (peace and blessing of A1laah be upon him) doing his Salaah towards it frequently'. [Bukhaari]
There is no contradiction between Yazeed's hadith and AbdurRahman's for the former assigns the place in which the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) used to do his nonobligatory Salaah and the companion wanted to follow this Sunnah. So, Salamah's hadeeth specifies the generalisation in Abdur Rahmaan's hadeeth. Indeed, the companions who" are the most knowledgeable of the Prophet's words- are the most knowledgeable of what is general and specific. Yazeed's hadeeth indicates that a Muslim should follow the Prophet's acts and deeds and the times and places in which they used to be done.
The Prophet' [peace and blessings of AIlaah]'s words, '...and to stick to a place in a mosque to do Salaah, as camels stick to their resting places' indicate that a Muslim must not resemble animals such as camels - in their behaviour and stick to one place in the mosque fordoing Salaah.
AI-Bahutee said: 'According to the Prophets prohibition to act as camels regarding their sticking to their resting places, it is detested for any Muslim to the exclusion ofthe Imaam [the leader of Salaah]-to stick to one place in the mosque to do one's obligatory Salaah. It is, however, permissible to do so when doing optional [supererogatory] Salaah as some narrations state.'
The reasons for this prohibition can be seen from the following:
The First: Doing such act leads one to seeking fame and pretense.
The Second: Doing it deprives a Muslim from increasing the number of spots in which he does his Salaah and which would bear witness for one's good deeds on the Day of Resurrection.
The Third: This act makes it hard for a muslim to do Salaah in any other place for this would mean changing a habit. If a Muslim reaches this stage, one may abandon this worship [the Salaah}.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited