Common mistakes in Prayer (Namaz):

Prostration, Sujood in Namaz (Prayer, Salah, Salat)

Salat (Salah, Namaz) or Prayer is the most important pillar of Islam which will be questioned on the day of Resurrection. Performing Prayers is obligatory for every adult Muslim. Salah is a ritual prayer having prescribed conditions and one must perform Salaah while fulfilling those conditions. Many times we perform Prayers or Salah as a practice or a part of habit only but tend to forget the basic essence of Namaz and make many mistakes during Prayers. 10 common mistakes and errors in Prayers or Salah are discussed:

1. Delaying the Salah intentionally:

While being busy in worldly affairs we often delay the Salah from its preferred time. This is the most common mistake in Prayer made by most of us. We think that Praying is last thing to do and we must attend to other matters first. Many workers delay Zuhr and Asr Prayer till night-time. AlQuran speaks strictly on guarding our Salat:

“Guard strictly (five obligatory) As-Salawat (the prayers) especially the middle Salat (i.e. Asr Prayers)” [2:238]

Here to safeguard the Salat means to perform it at its prescribed time and to be steadfast upon it.Narrated Ibn Umar (R.A): Allah’s Messenger (P.B.U.H) said:

“Whoever misses the Asr prayers (intentionally), then it is as if he lost his family and property.” [Al-Bukhari]

Another Hadith explains the importance of praying on time.Narrated Abu Al-Malih (R.A):

“We were with Buraidah in a battle on a cloudy day and he said, “Offer the Asr prayer early as the Prophet (P.B.U.H) said, “Whoever omits the Asr prayer, all his (good) deeds will be lost.” [Al-Bukhari]

2. Reciting Holy Quran fast in the Prayers:

We must pause and take breaks while reciting Holy Quran during Salat. We should not recite the Surah’s so fast that that the verse get intermingled. One of the Hadith emphasizes this issue:

“The Prophet (P.B.U.H) used to pause after each verse of Surah al-Fatiha. [Abu Dawood]

3. Moving before the Imam in congregational prayers:

One should not race with the imam i.e. try to move before the Imam or with the Imam because the correct ruling is when Imam says Allahu Akbar, then the person who’s following the Imam in Prayers should say Allahu Akbar. Not before Imam or with Imam. Like this Hadith of the Prophet (P.B.U.H) states:

“Surely the imam is there to be followed” [Muslim]

Another Hadith states:

The Prophet (P.B.U.H) said:

Does not the one who raises his head before the Imam does fear that Allah would transform his head into a donkey’s head” [Muslim]

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4. Performing the Salah hastily:

Salat should be performed slowly and calmly. Rukoo or Sujood must be performed unhurriedly. In order to complete the Rukoo one must stay in Rukoo posture long enough to recite “Subhan Rabbi yal Adtheem” at least three times. In the same manner, for the Sujood the person should say “Subhan-na Rabbi yal-ala” three times slowly. This Hadith commands to complete the Rukoo and Sujood in proper manner:

The Messenger of Allah (P.B.U.H) said:

The worst thief is the one who steals from his own prayer.” People asked: ‘Messenger of Allah! How could one steal from his own prayer?’ He said: “By not completing its rukoo and sujood” [at-Tabarani]

The Prophet (P.B.U.H) said:

“He who does not complete his rukoo and sujood, his prayer is void” [Abu Dawood]

5. Gazing right, left or upward during Salat:

While performing Salah, one should concentrate on looking to the point where the head is placed during Sujood rather than looking upwards. Because this may lose concentration. In the Hadith recorded by Sahih Muslim the Prophet (P.B.U.H) said:

“Let those who raise their gaze up during prayer stop doing so, or else their sights would not return to them” (i.e. they will lose their eyesight) [Muslim]

6. Performing Sujood improperly:

Most common mistake observed in Prayers is to perform Sujood by resting only the tip of head on floor.

The Prophet (P.B.U.H) said:

“I am commanded to prostrate on seven bones the forehead and the nose, the two hands [palms], the two knees, and the two feet” [Muslim]

Hadith on Sujood or prostration
         How to perform Sujood (Prostration)
7. Not performing Prayers during illness or while traveling:

The Prophet (P.B.U.H) always used to perform Prayers even during His last days before death. He (P.B.U.H) never neglected it even during combats. Prayer is obligatory and must be performed in any condition. If a person cannot perform ablution due to his illness then he may perform tayammum (dry ablution). If he cannot stand in prayer, he may perform Salah while sitting or even laying down. Same is the case while traveling. The person can combine 2 Salah while traveling i.e. Zuhr Prayer and Asr Prayer. or Maghrib Prayer and Isha Prayer.

8. Crossing in front of a person who is performing Salah:

The Prophet (P.B.U.H) said:

“Were the one who crosses in front of a praying person to know the consequences of doing so, he would have waited for forty better than to cross in front of him” [Bukhari]

9. Going to Mosque for performing Salah with rapid walk:

When the time of Prayer has approached and some person has fear that he might miss his Salah; for the fear of that most of us try to walk quickly or run for the fear of missing some part of the prayer. This is not allowed according to Hadith. The Messenger of Allah (P.B.U.H) said:

“When prayer has already started, do not walk quickly to join in. Proceed calmly and reposefully; then join in whichever part you catch up, and complete whichever part you missed”. [Bukhari and Muslim]

10. Eating food of bad smell before performing Prayers:

Consuming foods that have bad smell like the garlic or onion etc. should not be taken before the Salah because the bad smell may irritate the angels and the praying people.The Prophet (P.B.U.H) said:

“He who eats from the smelly plant [garlic or onion], let him come not near our mosque; the angels are bothered by that which bothers men” [Muslim]

May Allah guide us to perform our Salah perfectly and help us to guard our Salat so when on the Day of Judgment we are questioned about our prayers, we may succeed. Ameen.

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75 Responses to 10 common mistakes in Salah, Prayer, Salat

  1. I had a terrible day of the week. And I believe that humankind is leaving to wrongsituation through people. But I scanned your writing and now I agree that in future we will have good years by clever people as you.

  2. nida says:

    thank u soo much for ur effort.

  3. Masud says:

    Please correct my ignorance If one preforms sajood as in
    6 How to perform Sujood (Prostration)

    surely they would be in the way of other members of the congregation

  4. MD. Nazmul Hossain Sunny says:

    JazakAllah Khair‎…

  5. Husne Zaman (Muhammed) says:

    I am so happy to learn about the mistakes of salah….lots of thanks to him who posted these valuable hadith…..

  6. labaran bin muhammad says:

    may Allah the bless the effort of those who are makin knowledge very easy for people to get. on the issue of prayin before the imam or together with him had been a major problem of some muslims. jazakallahu khairan

  7. akeela says:


  8. ayan says:

    thank you so much….may allah bless you

  9. Abdullah says:

    this was very heilpful for me to teach my children. and of course i was the main beneficiary. jazakkallahu khairaa.

  10. Amna Farooq says:

    wa iyyaka brother 🙂

  11. mahi khnn says:

    shukran shukran ………………………..jazak allahu khair

  12. rizwaan says:

    Assalamu alaikum,
    can u plz add references of hadidh used here……..Jazak Allah

  13. M. Usman says:

    Very Good effort, May Allah accept your effort.

    Please if you can mention that in prayer, “One should be in state that either he is looking at Allah or Allah is looking at him” as per hadiths. That whole purpose of namaz is to talk to Allah or be present in front of Him and present yourself to Allah and when one has this feeling, he would be very humble in front of Allah and He would recite the best he can, and he would hurry to reach to the namaz leaving everything behind.

    So Major thing is one should be like as he is in front of Allah actually.

    May Allah Bless you.

    Aslam O Alikum

  14. sittie fatima bualan says:

    assallamu`alaikum.. i know now how important to do our 5 times salah…jazak allahu khair

  15. Asma says:

    Thank you for teching us about the mistake we do It helped me to learn so Mach mistake I made May Allah subahanatala gives u reward good thing u doing assalamulaikim

  16. Asma khatun says:

    Thank u for teaching as a the mistake we do in our life’s , how to pray May Allah bless u with good rewards assalamuwalikum

  17. Asma khatun says:

    Please can you tel me if a women make big mistake , gets pregnent with Someone Then she understand she made big mistake she had abortion . And ask Allah for giveness for what she did . Only she has no choice to do this . She wish she hadn’t dan this ,now she realise what she did . Please can u replay my question thank you assalamuwalikum

  18. Asma says:

    Can please tel me about marriage . And husbend and wife’s right to each other thank May Allah bless u

  19. Shazal says:

    The 9 point is only forbidden inside the masjid premises.. You should have been more careful. Edit that ASAP.

  20. Sidra Kaukab says:

    No it is not for inside the Premises alone. It is in general. For friday Prayer even. Allah forbids us to go running to the mosque. A Muslim shouldn’t look Worried or agitated while going for Salah Instead he should proceed with calm demeanor.

  21. ferdous says:

    thank you very much for the post.

  22. Sidra Kaukab says:

    You are welcome sister.
    Keep visiting us. 🙂

  23. Sidra Kaukab says:

    Allah’s door for repentance are always open sister Asma Khatun! 🙂

    One must repent and do Istaghfar Heartedly. Allah Listens and forgives even the biggest sinner. if only he repents whole heartedly and sincerely.

  24. Sidra Kaukab says:

    Ameen! maas Salaam. 🙂

  25. Mushtaq Sheikh says:

    Performing Salah in correct way and timings never troubled anyone, even you get managed and puntual for everything. This is the kind of discipline we need for our worldly duties also. Also leaving someone in emergencies for performing salah is not at all allowed.

  26. Amna Farooq says:

    JAZAKALLAH for your participation in talk 🙂
    keep visiting our blog, your participation is highly needed.

  27. Haris says:

    I have a doubt. My brother doing salah very slowly . Is it a problem.? He takes minimum half an hourfor compleate the salah.Please give a reply to this question

  28. Sidra Kaukab says:

    Haris. As long as he’s performing his salah with full devotion , concentration and fulfilling all the Musnoon and Fardh Acts of hios salah. then the length of time is no problem 🙂

  29. Rujina Begum says:

    Very beneficial list. Really needed some clarification on certain aspects and this helped me. May Allah bless you

  30. Excellent presentation.It makes me careful while performing namaz.

  31. Amna Farooq says:

    JAZAKALLAH for reading and appreciating Md aminul haq…
    keep visiting our web site.

  32. EdEddnEddy says:

    During ruku’ say subhaana rabbi-al azeem / not adheem (it changes the whole meaning)

  33. mir Khursheed jk says:

    showing right way towards the Sunah
    may Allah Bless you.

  34. mir Khursheed says:

    may Allah bless you.

  35. Laura says:

    Salam Alaikom,

    Just to clarify, the middle prayer is fajr, not asr, as the Islamic calendar the day starts at magreb.

  36. Sidra Kaukab says:

    Identifying the middle prayer which is mentioned in the verse (interpretation of the meaning): “Guard strictly (five obligatory) As‑Salawaat (the prayers) especially the middle Salaah (i.e. the best prayer). And stand before Allaah with obedience [and do not speak to others during the Salaah (prayers)]” [al-Baqarah 2:238] is one of the matters concerning which there is a difference of opinion among the scholars, and concerning which there are approximately 20 opinions, as listed by al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar (may Allah have mercy on him) in Fath al-Baari (8/197). Al-Haafiz ‘Abd al-Mu’min al-Dimyaati (may Allah have mercy on him) wrote a book concerning that entitled Kashf al-Mughatta fi Tabyeen al-Salaat al-Wusta. The strongest of these opinions are two:

    1. That it is Fajr prayer

    This is the view of Abu Umaamah, Anas, Jaabir, Abu’l-‘Aaliyah, ‘Ubaydah ibn ‘Umayr, ‘Ata’, ‘Ikrimah, Mujaahid and others, and it is one of the two views of Ibn ‘Umar and Ibn ‘Abbaas.

    It is also the view of Maalik and of al-Shaafa’i as stated in al-Umm. End quote from Fath al-Baari (8/196).

    2. That it is ‘Asr prayer

    This is the view of most of the scholars, and it is the correct and reliable view, because of the evidence to that effect in the Qur’aan and the Sunnah.

    This is the view of ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib. Al-Tirmidhi and al-Nasaa’i narrated that Zurr ibn Hubaysh said: We said to ‘Ubaydah: Ask ‘Ali about the middle prayer. He asked him and he said: We used to think that that was Fajr, until I heard the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) say on the day of al-Ahzaab: “They distracted us from the middle prayer, ‘Asr prayer.” This report states that it is ‘Asr in the words of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him). The argument for it being Fajr is strong, but the correct view is that it is ‘Asr.

    This is the view of Ibn Mas’ood and Abu Hurayrah, and it is the correct view according to the madhhab of Abu Haneefah; it is also the view of Ahmad and the view which most of the Shaafa’is adopted because of the soundness of the hadeeth.

    Al-Tirmidhi said: It is the view of most of the scholars among the Sahaabah.

    Al-Mawardi said: This is the view of the majority of the Taabi’een.

    Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr said: It is the view of most of scholars of hadeeth.

    Among the Maalikis, this is the view of Ibn Habeeb, Ibn al-‘Arabi and Ibn ‘Atiyyah. End quote from Fath al-Baari, 8/196.

    Al-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

    What is indicated by the saheeh hadeeths is that it is ‘Asr, and this is the favoured view.

  37. Ubaid says:

    awesome helped alot tnku

  38. Jazakallah may Allah accept our ibada ameen

  39. asaD says:

    everybody should study the Hadiths books for salat. We should ask the masla-masael to maufti

  40. Sidra Kaukab says:

    Ameen Abubakar

  41. Afzol says:

    Assalamu Alaikum,
    I love Namaj and I prayed always. I like to tell everybody to pray our salat prayer. It is very important for our religion. Thank you for sharing this wonderful article for Namaj Prayer

  42. […] think I can finish my lunch first, as it is hadeeth to have food first and then go for offering salah (if you have choice between the two, and there is sufficient time) […]

  43. Imran says:

    Assalamu Aalaikum,
    Sya the Zuhr starts at 12:30 till the Asr start time.
    Can we pray at any time in between these hours or is there a strict rule to Pray as early as possible?

  44. Amna Farooq says:

    wa alikum salaam.
    yes you can pray any time in between, but it is preferred to pray AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE !and delay without any solid reason is not appreciated ! you can search for such ahadeeth regarding this matter.

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  46. Amna Farooq says:

    JAZAKALLAH for your duas ! ameen
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  47. Imran Khan says:

    If one cannot cross in front of a person praying then all Hajj will come to a stand still.

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  49. Shabnam says:

    Asalamo alai kum, just wanted to ask regarding fajr, it was ment to start at 6,37am but ive read the two Sunnat and thrn realised im reading early, at 6.23 ive completed the two Sunnat prayer and waiting till its 6.37am I read at im bit concerend as I dont know wether ive done the right thing, could someone help me out on this,

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  52. Amna Farooq says:

    wa alikum salam. sorry sister! i am not qualified to answer this ! how ever keep visiting us.

  53. Samuel Prah says:

    I really like the piece. It has a lot of education. May Allah bless you.

  54. Amna Farooq says:

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  56. Lawan Yusuf says:

    Assalamu alaikum,
    Dear Brother, If you intended to do obligatory prayer, can you follow someone who is doing sunnah prayer? I need more lights please

  57. AJ says:

    If a Muslim prays but also does bad deeds, he will obviously be punished for his bad deeds. But does that means his prayers are no good and will he be awarded for the prayers he offered?

  58. Amna Farooq says:

    i am sorry brother, i am not qualified enough to answer you.
    keep visiting us.

  59. Amna Farooq says:

    wa iyyakum. keep visiting us.

  60. Saadaq abdirahman says:

    Amiin amiin jazajallahu khayr yaa iqwanii thank u for ur support may allah guide as to the straight path

  61. Hajara usman says:

    pls I make a mistake when praying by forgeting to sit down between ruku an Sajada

  62. Wasim says:

    Yes All These SALAH Mistakes are done by Muktadi So we have to avoid to do this.

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  65. adan says:

    Asalamu alikum brother
    Zajakallah kheer

  66. Amna Farooq says:

    wa iyyakum 🙂 keep visiting us.

  67. Amna Farooq says:

    how do you go directly to sajda with out sitting ! may be practicing it other then namaz in form of exercise would help !

  68. Bisma hassan says:

    I am more amazed than confused by the hadith regarding ” prostration on seven bones “. Subhan allah.
    I think i know the answer but i don’t know if its the correct interpretation or not.
    Can you please explain how a forehead , nose , 2 hands , 2 knees and 2 feet make 7 bones ?

  69. yosra says:

    @Bisma hassan

    Asalam Alaykum…Technically your nose is made up of only cartlidge so there is no bone but it must be touching the ground during prostration 🙂 I am not a scholar but hopefully that helps.

    As always, Allah knows best and may He reward us for our efforts. Salam!

  70. Namaz is obligatory on every Muslim five times a day on prescribed time. It is such a precious gift for Muslims through which you will not only be able to reform your character, but also to gain love for good deeds.

  71. Donald trump says:

    Very good explanations

  72. Masha Allah Informative.

  73. The excellent post.

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