Ṣifah Ṣalāh an-Nabī & It’s Special Qualities

Ṣifah Ṣalāh an-Nabī (صفة صلاة النبي) by ash-Shaykh al-Muḥaddith Muḥammad Nāṣir ad-Dīn al-Albānī رحمه الله (d. 1420 AH/1999 CE) is a comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to pray exactly as The Prophet ﷺ prayed. It is one of the most accepted & critically acclaimed books written on this subject.

The complete title of this book is “صفة صلاة النبي ﷺ من التكبير إلى التسليم كأنك تراها” (Ṣifah Ṣalāh an-Nabī min at-Takbīr ilá at-Taslīm Ka’nak Tarāhā), which would roughly translate in English as, “Description of The Prophet’s prayer from Takbīr to Taslīm as if you’ve seen it.” With such an imposing and assured title, it expresses that it must undoubtedly have the abilty to completely portray The Prophet’s ﷺ prayer in such a manner that it is as if we did indeed witness it.

Now, what makes this book so special? The answer is the following points:

  • It is compiled strictly upon Aḥādīth that were unanimously authenticated by a large number of Muḥaddithūn.
  • It turns away from any bias towards one of the four Madhāhib, relying solely upon Ṣaḥīḥ Aḥādīth as mentioned previously.
  • Under some chapters, Shaykh al-Albānī may bring opinions which contradict the Aḥādīth & then clarify the errors of them whilst using the Aḥādīth that were contradicted & other sources as evidences to prove that the opinions are incorrect. This invalidates the false conception that Shaykh al-Albānī was only a Muḥaddith & not a Faqīh.1
  • On particular actions of The Prophet’s ﷺ prayer, Shaykh al-Albānī would bring accounts of one of the four A’immah acting upon the action & state that it is from their Madhhab, which indicates that the Imām of that Madhhab based their action upon Ṣaḥīḥ Aḥādīth rather than their opinion.2 No doubt, this refutes the fanatics who choose to pray like their Imām rather than The Prophet ﷺ.
  • Notes are given on certain points of the prayer, which may consist of explanations, exploration of ʿĪlm al-Ḥadīth, references of some context within the Aḥādīth, & other side benefits to increase understanding of the reader, which is always beneficial.
  • Various Aḥādīth are brought regarding the different types of actions during the prayer, such as the opening supplications, Adhkār of Sujūd, getting up from Jalsah,3 Tashahhud of the Companions, Ṣalawāt, & Taslīm; rather than only quoting one of them like most others do.
  • The methodology in describing the prayer is unembellished; it isn’t filled with unnecessary and exhausting amount of speech or commentary, but rather it is compendious & straightforward.

Within this field of authorship, this book continues to stand out amongst others due to the several points mentioned above & all of it’s other greatly beneficial aspects, & it remains to be one of the most vital means of guidance towards the authentically transmitted & established Sunnah of The Prophet ﷺ. Anyone who wishes to pray in accordance with the Sunnah of The Prophet ﷺ without confusion, differences of opinion, & uncertainty, then it is upon them to refer to this book, take notes, & frequently go over it.

May Allāh shower His mercy upon Shaykh al-Albānī & accept this work from him.

All praise is due to Allāh, may His peace & blessings be upon our final Prophet Muḥammad, his family, his companions, & all those who follow him in guidance.

Footnotes:

[1] Shaykh al-Albānī said, “It is mandatory (as a precondtion) for a Faqīh to be a Muḥaddith, but it is not mandatory (as a precondition) for a Muḥaddith to be a Faqīh, because naturally and intrinsically, the Muḥaddith is a Faqīh. Did the Companions of The Prophet study Fiqh or not? What was the Fiqh they studied? It was nothing other than what they used to take from The Prophet . Therefore, they studied Ḥadīth (just as the Muḥaddith does).” See Minhaj as-Salafī by ʿAmr ʿAbd al-Munʾim Salīm, Page 60.
[2] Such examples within the book could be found from Imām ash-Shāfiʿī, Imām Aḥmad, & the likes.
[3] Jalsah (جلسة); the sitting between the two prostrations.

Ṣafīullāh Labīb ibn Salīm ʿAbd al-Malik
27th of Rabīʿ ath-Thānī 1444