Authentic Supplications of the Prophet
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Crying in Salat (83)
`A'ishata said: "The Messenger of Allah said in his sickness: Command Abu Bakr to lead the people in prayer. `A'ishata said: I said verily if Abu Bakr were to take your position, people would not [be able to] hear [his recitation] due to the crying, so command 'Umar to lead the people in prayer. He then said: Command Abu Bakr to lead the people in prayer. 'A'ishata said to Hafsata: Tell him that Abu Bakr is such that if he were to stand in your place, the people would not [be able to] hear [his recitation] due to the crying; so command 'Umar to lead the people in prayer. So Hafsata did [as she was told]. Then, the Messenger of Allah said: Meh, You are verily the "companionettes"(95) of Yousif, Command Abu Bakr to lead the people in prayer. Hafsata said to 'A'ishata: I was not about to strike any Good from you".
Footnotes

(95) This word is not in the dictionary; however, it seems to convey that the speech was directed to the female gender which is desirable here since the Arabic was in the form for addressing women.

Reporters

'Al- Adawee said it was sound and that it was reported by Al-Bukhãri on page 206 of volume 2 of Fath Al-Bãree; Muslim, page 140 of volume 4; and At-Tirmithi, page 156 of volume 10 of Tuhfah, and At-Tirmithi said that it was comely-sound.

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