Pacing To The Masjid Is Not From the Sunnah, By Shaykh Mashhoor

Aboo Hurairah (ra) narrated that the prophet (saw) said:

When you hear the Iqaamah [while going to the mosque] walk to the mosque in calmness and do not haste, whatever part of Salaat you get with the people perform it, and complete that which you have missed“. [Bukhaaree]

In another narration, the first part of the hadeeth is stated in a more general sense; it says: “when you attend the [congregational] Salaat…” [Bukhaaree]

The former narration does not however, restrict the ruling of the later; the ruling applies also to the later. According to Fiqh, this is called the “Afortiori principle”.

The one who hears the Iqaamah is more eager to catch up Takbeeratul Ihraam with the Imaam than the one who goes to the mosque before the Iqaamah is recited. And since the former is not allowed to haste to the mosque, the later is more entitled not to do so.

Other Fuqahaa’ 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 Salaat 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 Salaat” 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. (1)

Hasting or pacing to the mosque, in order to catch the Rukoo‘ or even part of the congregational Salaat with the Imaam is an act of disrespect to the Salaat and causes calmlesseness and inconvenience amongst the praying people.


(1) “Fathul Baaree” (vol. 2 / p. 117).

[Taken from “The Clarified Ruling Of Mistakes Done In Salaah”, By Shaykh Mashhor, Pp. 176-177]


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