One Minute Salah

It was winter season, Nannhay Miyan, sitting along with his mother and grandmother, was drinking tea, the doorbell rang at that time. Nannhay Miyan’s grandmother said: Who is at the door at this time? Placing the cup down, Nannhay Miyan’s mother said: let me see who is at the door. Before she could stand up, Nannhay Miyan instantly uttered: This will be my friend ‘Saleem’. Saying this, he picked up two biscuits and asked for permission to play cricket with his friend. Grandmother said: Well! You may go but be careful son.

No sooner did he move to go out, Nannhay Miyan’s mother remembered that he has not yet performed ‘Asr Salah. She said to him: Nannhay Miyan! You have not performed ‘Asr Salah; so go and perform Salah first, then go out to play. I make Saleem sit inside until then.

Nannhay Miyan said: It is alright! I am just getting back within a minute.’ Saying this, Nannhay Miyan rushed off.

The grandmother surprisingly said: What type of Salah is this which is being performed within a minute! Upon seeing ‘Saleem’ entering the room, the grandmother said to him: Have a seat Saleem; your friend is coming, he is performing Salah right now. You have performed ‘Asr Salah, haven’t you? Saleem replied to the grandmother: Yes, I have performed it.  Nannhay Miyan’s mother asked: would you like to drink tea?

Saleem humbly said: No Aunty! Thank You! I have already drunk tea. Nannhay Miyan turned up after a while and headed towards the exit door with Saleem.

The grandmother asked Nannhay Miyan’s mother: Has he really performed Salah? The Mother humbly replied: It seems he has performed Salah quickly due to the strong desire of playing cricket.

My dear daughter! How can one perform ‘Asr Salah in just a minute? Then the grandmother called Nannhay Miyan: Nannhay Miyan! Listen to me before leaving.

Nannhay Miyan humbly said: Yes! Dear grandmother.

Making a space on the bed for Nannhay Miyan, the grandmother politely asked him: How did you perform four Rak’aat of Asr Salah in just a minute?

Nannhay Miyan humbly said: Dear grandmother!  I performed Salah quickly.

Grandmother said: Well! Here is a Salah mat before you. Show us how you performed 4 Rak’aat Salah quickly. Nannhay Miyan immediately laid the ‘Salah mat’ and started performing Salah reciting اَللّٰەُ اَکْبَر and then he picked up such a pace that the grandmother got extremely worried and held her head in her hands because Nannhay Miyan looked like doing some fast-paced exercise. So, in this way, one after another, he completed the 4 Rak’aat Salah. Thereafter, Nannhay Miyan said proudly: ‘Dear grandmother! Did you see, it is done in a minute?’ As if he had achieved a great success.

The grandmother called him back and said while stroking him: My dear son! It is your assumption that you have performed Salah in a minute but you have made many mistakes during this Salah. So, it is not done correctly.

Surprised, Nannhay Miyan humbly asked: Dear grandmother! What mistake did I make?

The grandmother said gently: It is necessary to perform Ruku’, both Sajdahs, Qawmah, Jalsah etc., calmly and peacefully. Haven’t I related you a parable about Sayyiduna Huzayfah رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ?

Nannhay Miyan curiously said: No dear grandmother! You have not done so as of yet.

The grandmother related: Once Sayyiduna Huzayfah رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ entered into a Masjid and observed a man who was performing Salah. That man was not performing Ruku’ and Sajdahs correctly. When he completed his Salah, Sayyiduna Huzayfah رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ called him and asked: How long have you been performing Salah in this way? The man humbly replied: I have been performing [Salah] for 40 years.

Sayyiduna Huzayfah رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ said: You have not performed Salah for 40 years. If you had continued performing Salah in the same way [without completing Ruku’ and Sajdahs] until your death, you would have certainly died without following the religion of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. Thereafter, Sayyiduna Huzayfah رَضِىَ اللّٰهُ عَـنْهُ taught that person the correct way of performing Salah. (Musnad-e-Ahmad, vol. 9, pp. 76, Hadees 23318)

Having finished the parable, the grandmother asked Nannhay Miyan: Will you perform Salah in this way in future? The little child replied: No Dear grandmother! Now I will perform Salah calmly and peacefully and will perform Sajdah, Ruku, Qawmah correctly and completely.

Saying this, Nannhay Miyan embraced his grandmother and performed ‘Asr Salah again.      

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