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round. He paid no heed (to the clapping). When the clapping increased, he turned round and saw Messenger of Allah
(PBUH). He (the Prophet (PBUH)) beckoned him to continue performing Salat. But Abu Bakr (May Allah be
pleased with him) raised his hands and praised Allah. Then he retreated, taking his steps backwards. When
Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saw that, he went ahead and led Salat. When he finished Salat, he faced the
congregation and said,
"Why do you clap when something happens during the Salat. Clapping is only for women. If
something happens in the course of Salat you should say, Subhan Allah. It is bound to attract attention. And you,
Abu Bakr, what prevented you from carrying on with Salat, after I beckoned to do so?''
He said, "It was not
becoming for the son of Abu Quhafah to lead Salat in the presence of Messenger of Allah (PBUH)".
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
1. Banu `Amr bin `Auf was a big tribe of Aus which consisted of many families, they lived in Quba. A quarrel arose
among them on some issue and they used stones and brickbats against each other. When the Prophet (PBUH) came
to know about it, he personally went to them. The Hadith shows how important it is to bring about reconciliation
amongst Muslims who are estranged from each other so that tension among them is not aggravated. If efforts are not
made for reconciliation at the initial stages, the conflict will be escalated and then it will become difficult to resolve
2. Salat can be offered behind two Imam, one after the other.
3. In the course of Salat if Imam makes an error, his followers should bring it to his attentions by saying the words
"Subhan Allah'' aloud. Women may clap only.
4. In case of need, it is permissible in Salat to turn one's face slightly, to look with glances and move a little onward
or backward. Such an act does not constitute a defect which renders the prayer invalid.