|Translation of Sahih
Bukhari, Book 9:
Virtues of the Prayer Hall (Sutra of the Musalla)
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 472:
Narrated Ibn 'Abbas:
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.
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 473:
Narrated Ibn 'Umar:
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 his traditions).
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 474:
Narrated 'Aun bin Abi Juhaifa:
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)."
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 475:
Narrated Sahl (bin Sa'd):
The distance between the Musalla of Allah's Apostle and the wall
was just sufficient for a sheep to pass through .
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 476:
The distance between the wall of the mosque and the pulpit was
hardly enough for a sheep to pass through.
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 477:
The Prophet used to get a Harba planted in front of him (as a
Sutra) and pray behind it.
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 478:
Narrated 'Aun bin Abi Juhaifa:
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
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 479:
Narrated Anas Ibn Malik:
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.
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 480:
Narrated Abu Juhaifa:
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
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 481:
Narrated Yazid bin Al 'Ubaid:
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."
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 482:
I saw the most famous people amongst the companions of the
Prophet hurrying towards the pillars at the Maghrib prayer before
the Prophet came for the prayer.
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 483:
Narrated Ibn 'Umar:
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
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 484:
'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) right
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 485:
"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).
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 486:
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.
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 487:
Narrated Abu Sa'id:
The Prophet said, (what is ascribed to him in the following
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 488:
Narrated Abu Salih As-Samman:
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.' "
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 489:
Narrated Busr bin Said:
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
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 490:
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."
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 491:
The Prophet used to pray while I was sleeping across in his bed
in front of him. Whenever he wanted to pray Witr, he would wake me
up and I would pray Witr.
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 492:
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."
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 493:
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."
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 494:
(the wife of the Prophet) Allah's Apostle used to get up at night
and pray while I used to lie across between him and the Qibla on his
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 495:
Narrated Abu Qatada Al-Ansari:
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).
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 496:
Narrated Maimuna bint Al-Harith:
My bed was beside the praying place (Musalla) of the Prophet and
sometimes his garment fell on me while I used to lie in my bed.
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 497:
The Prophet used to pray while I used to sleep beside him during
my periods (menses) and in prostrations his garment used to touch
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 498:
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 withdrew them.
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 499:
Narrated 'Amr bin Maimuin:
'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).