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  • Salah Being Kitaaban Mawquta 4:103

    Posted by Ahmad Shoaib on May 9, 2021 at 9:26 am

    An-Nisa’ – 4:103

    Arabic

    فَإِذَا قَضَيۡتُمُ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ فَٱذۡكُرُواْ ٱللَّهَ قِيَٰمًا وَقُعُودًا وَعَلَىٰ جُنُوبِكُمْۚ فَإِذَا ٱطۡمَأۡنَنتُمۡ فَأَقِيمُواْ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَۚ إِنَّ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ كَانَتۡ عَلَى ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ كِتَٰبًا مَّوۡقُوتًا

    I read this online:

    ‘in 11:114 and 17:78 the prophet (command verb is singular masculine) is told to establish the salah at specified times so that the muminin could attend if they wanted to…think of it like a professor giving classes at set times a day and you knowing these times can attend at your convenience..but the only time they were told to actually attend was on the yawm of jumu’ah..so if all the prayers were obligatory to attend then what’s the significance of yawma-l jumu’ah?

    also i think that the phrase “establish the salah” might be speaking of creating a musalla where salah continuously occurs (whatever the times may be) and so this was something enjoined upon their community as a whole (like the israelites before them) and not any one single individual..”fardh kifayah” as they say

    so kitaban here refers to what’s decreed to take place not what’s obligatory..it’s written that the salah will occur at these times by the prophet establishing it for the muminin

    So those times were only relevant while the prophet was alive because he was the only one told to establish the salah at specified times

    It’s interesting how the believers were never told establish the salah at such and such times but rather that it’s a timed decree for them‘

    This opinion seems very strong- does anyone have any refutations or anything to add?

    Dr. Irfan Shahzad replied 2 years, 9 months ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Salah Being Kitaaban Mawquta 4:103

  • Dr. Irfan Shahzad

    Scholar May 9, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Salah and its belongings come from Sunnah: the consensus perpetual practice of Muslims community right from the prophet, not from Quran. No arguments based on Quran to nullify or invalidate a sunnah or its part is actually does not qualify to be debated.

    The verse simply mentions the known practice that saying prayer at prescribed time limits. Now how they are actually performed is the subject of Sunnah, not of Quran.

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