The scholars held that the rukuu (bowing), sujuud, rising from rukuu and sitting between the two sujuds are all done perfectly when they are done properly. This obligation is born out from the soundest and most authentic ahaadeeth, and upon which all of the scholars agreed. The following are some of the ahaadeeth that affirm the obligation of rising completely from rukuu:
(a) Abuu Masuud AI-Sadri (RA) said: The Prophet (peace and blessing of Allaah be upon him) said:
"A Muslims's Salaah is not correct unless he stands after rukuu and sits after sujuud with his back upright. "[Abu Dawud]
This hadeeth states clearly that rising from rukuu and sujuud (prostration) till ones back is straight is an Obligation [rukn] in salaah without which salaah is rendered invalid.
(b) Abuu Qataadah [RA] narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessing of Allaah be upon him) said:
"The worst of those who steal are those who steal from their own salaah by doing its rukuu and sujuud improperly; they are not fully occupied with it. [Ahmad]
[In another narration], he said:
"... their backs are not stretched straight in rukuu and sujuud" [Saheeh At-Targheeb wa At-Tarheeb]
Indeed those who steal from their religion are the worst of thieves.
(c) Abdur Rahman Ibn Shibl [RA] said: "
The Prophet (peace and blessing of Allaah be on him) forbade [us from] the pecking of the crow [in Salaah], the spreading of [ones] arms on the ground [in sujuud] like lions do and from assigning a certain place in the mosque [in which one does his Salaah] the same way camels stick to their resting places." [Abu Dawud]
It indeed breaks ones heart to see some praying Muslims do the acts of Salaah so quickly that they recite the dhikr of rukuu and sujuud only once, move from one rukn to the other like a thunder, and even say half of the dhikr in one position and the other half in the following position. This is indeed an act of mockery towards Salaah. It is even related that once a man saw a lad doing his Salaah in tranquility and calmness; he hit him saying: If your master were to send you in business would you be as slow in doing it as you are now? subhanallah! Doing Salaah quickly contradicts the general order in the verse "And perform As-Salaah (Iqamat-as- Salaah) ... (Q2: 43);
that is, do it perfectly with perfect rukuu, sujuud and recitation of adhkaar. A Muslim will surely achieve falaah [being granted what one wishes from Allaah in this world and in the Hereafter] provided he does Salaah perfectly and be fully submitted to Allaah in it. The amount of Falaah one achieves is in proportion to his Khushuu [submission and concentration] in Salaah. And perform As-Salaah (lqamat-as-Salaah)... (Q2:43)
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited