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135 ibid.

136 i.e. mature, and what is meant by 'cut off' is 'rendered futile'. As regards the hadeeth: "Nothing cuts off the prayer", then it is a weak hadeeth as I have shown in Tamaam al-Minnah (p. 306).

137 Muslim, Abu Daawood and Ibn Khuzaimah (1/95/2).

138 ibid.

139 Nawawi says in Rawdah at-Taalibeen (1/224 published by Maktab al-Islami): "The intention is the purpose, so the person about to pray brings to mind that prayer and what is relevant of its characteristics, such as which prayer it is, whether it is obligatory etc. & he brings these things together in his intention with the first takbeer."

140 Bukhaari, Muslim and others. It is given in Irwaa' (no. 22)

141 Muslim & Ibn Maajah. The hadeeth contains an indication that he did not use to commence it with the words of some people: "I intend to pray etc." which is in fact agreed to be an innovation. But they differ as to whether it is a good or bad innovation, to which we say: "Indeed all innovations in worship are misguided, from the generality of his statement ('alaihis salaatu was salaam), '...and all innovations are misleading, and every misleading thing is in the Fire'." But this is not the place for a detailed discussion of this.

142 Tabaraani with a saheeh isnaad.

143 Abu Daawood, Tirmidhi and Haakim who declared it saheeh and Dhahabi agreed. It is given in Irwaa' (no. 301). Literally, "the takbeer makes it haraam", i.e. the actions which Allaah has made haraam during it, "and the tasleem makes it halaal" i.e. what is allowed outside prayer. Just as the hadeeth proves that the door to prayer is shut, no worshipper being able to open it except with purification, it similarly proves that the prayer cannot be entered except with takbeer, and that it cannot be exited except with tasleem. This is the view of the majority of scholars.

144 Ahmad & Haakim, who declared it saheeh and Dhahabi agreed.

145 Muslim & Nasaa'i.

146 Ahmad & Baihaqi with a saheeh isnaad.

147 Bukhaari & Nasaa'i.

148 ibid.

149 Bukhaari & Abu Daawood.

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