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525 Ahmad & Tirmidhi, who declared it saheeh.

526 see the fourth last note.

527 Bukhaari & Abu Daawood. This sitting is known as jalsah al-istiraahah (the sitting of rest) by the scholars of fiqh. Shaafi'i supported it, as did Ahmad in Tahqeeq (111/1) and favoured it more strongly, as is well-known of him that he would insist on following a sunnah which had nothing to contradict it. Ibn Haani said in his Masaa'il of Imaam Ahmad (p. 42), "I saw Abu 'Abdullaah (i.e. Imaam Ahmad) sometimes leaning on his hands when standing up for the next rak'ah, and sometimes sitting straight and then getting up." It was also the preference of Imaam Ishaaq bin Raahawaih, who said in Marwazi's Masaa'il (1/147/2), "The example was set by the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) of supporting himself with his hands when getting up, whether he was old or young." See also Irwaa' (2/82-3).

528 Bukhaari & Shaafi'i .

529 literally, "as one who kneads dough".

530 Abu Ishaaq al-Harbi with a faultless sanad, and its meaning is found in Baihaqi with a saheeh sanad. As for the hadeeth, "He used to get up like an arrow, not supporting himself with his hands", it is mawdoo' (fabricated), and all narrations of similar meaning are weak, not authentic, and I have explained this in Silsilah al-Ahaadeeth ad-Da'eefah (562, 929, 968).

531 Muslim & Abu 'Awaanah. The pause negated in this hadeeth could be a pause for reciting an opening supplication, and not include a pause for reciting the isti'aadhah, or it could be wider in meaning than that; I find the former possibility more convincing. There are two views among the scholars regarding the isti'aadhah, and we regard the correct one as being that it is to be said in every rak'ah; the details of all this are given in al-Asl.

532 Abu Daawood & Ahmad with a strong sanad.

533 Bukhaari & Muslim.

534 Ahmad with a good isnaad.

535 Ibn Maajah, Ibn Hibbaan in his Saheeh & Ahmad in Ibn Haani's Masaa'il (1/52). Jaabir bin 'Abdullaah (radi Allaahu 'anhu) said, "He who prays a rak'ah in which he does not recite the Mother of the Qur'aan has not prayed, except behind an imaam" - related by Maalik in Muwatta'.

536 Nasaa'i (1/173) with a saheeh isnaad.

537 Bukhaari & Abu Daawood.

538 Abu Daawood & Baihaqi with a good sanad.

539 Tayaalisi, Ahmad & Ibn Abi Shaibah. About iq'aa', Abu 'Ubaidah and others said, "It is when a man presses his buttocks against the ground, keeps his shins upright, and leans his hands on the ground, the way a dog does." This is different to the iq'aa' between sajdahs, which is approved in the Sunnah, as covered previously.

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