Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Book 9:
Virtues of the Prayer Hall (Sutra of the Musalla)
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 472:
Narrated Ibn 'Abbas:
Once I came riding a she-ass when I had just attained the age of puberty.
Allah's Apostle was offering the prayer at Mina with no wall in front
of him and I passed in front of some of the row. There I dismounted
and let my she-ass loose to graze and entered the row and nobody objected
to me about it.
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 473:
Narrated Ibn 'Umar:
Whenever Allah's Apostle came out on 'Id day, he used to order that
a Harba (a short spear) to be planted in front of him (as a Sutra for
his prayer) and then he used to pray facing it with the people behind
him and used to do the same while on a journey. After the Prophet ,
this practice was adopted by the Muslim rulers (who followed his traditions).
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 474:
Narrated 'Aun bin Abi Juhaifa:
I heard my father saying, "The Prophet led us, and prayed a two-Rak'at
Zuhr prayer and then a two-Rak'at 'Asr prayer at Al-Batha' with an 'Anza
(planted) in front of him (as a Sutra) while women and donkeys were
passing in front of him (beyond that 'Anza)."
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 475:
Narrated Sahl (bin Sa'd):
The distance between the Musalla of Allah's Apostle and the wall was
just sufficient for a sheep to pass through .
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 476:
The distance between the wall of the mosque and the pulpit was hardly
enough for a sheep to pass through.
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 477:
The Prophet used to get a Harba planted in front of him (as a Sutra)
and pray behind it.
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 478:
Narrated 'Aun bin Abi Juhaifa:
that he had heard his father saying, "Allah's Apostle came to us at
mid-day and water was brought for his ablution. He performed ablution
and led us in Zuhr and 'Asr prayers with an 'Anza planted in front of
him (as a Sutra), while women and donkeys were passing beyond it."
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 479:
Narrated Anas Ibn Malik:
Whenever the Prophet went for answering the call of nature, I and
another boy used to go after him with a staff, a stick or an 'Anza and
a tumbler of water and when he finished from answering the call of nature
we would hand that tumbler of water to him.
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 480:
Narrated Abu Juhaifa:
Allah's Apostle came out at midday and offered a two-Rak'at Zuhr and
'Asr prayers at Al-Batha and an 'Anza was planted in front of him (as
a Sutra). He performed ablution and the people took the remaining water
left after his ablution and rubbed their bodies with it.
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 481:
Narrated Yazid bin Al 'Ubaid:
I used to accompany Salama bin Al-Akwa' and he used to pray behind
the pillar which was near the place where the Quran's were kept I said,
"O Abu Muslim! I see you always seeking to pray behind this pillar."
He replied, "I saw Allah's Apostle always seeking to pray near that
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 482:
I saw the most famous people amongst the companions of the Prophet
hurrying towards the pillars at the Maghrib prayer before the Prophet
came for the prayer.
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 483:
Narrated Ibn 'Umar:
The Prophet entered the Ka'ba along with Usama bin Zaid, 'Uthman bin
Talha and Bilal and remained there for a long time. When they came out,
I was the first man to enter the Ka'ba. I asked Bilal "Where did the
Prophet pray?" Bilal replied, "Between the two front Pillars."
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 484:
'Abdullah bin 'Umar said, "Allah's Apostle entered the Ka'ba along
with Usama bin Zaid, Bilal and 'Uthman bin Talha Al-Hajabi and closed
the door and stayed there for some time. I asked Bilal when he came
out, 'What did the Prophet do?' He replied, 'He offered prayer with
one pillar to his left and one to his right and three behind.' In those
days the Ka'ba was supported by six pillars." Malik said: "There were
two pillars on his (the Prophet's) right side."
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 485:
"The Prophet used to make his she-camel sit across and he would pray
facing it (as a Sutra)." I asked, "What would the Prophet do if the
she-camel was provoked and moved?" He said, "He would take its camel-saddle
and put it in front of him and pray facing its back part (as a Sutra).
And Ibn 'Umar used to do the same." (This indicates that one should
not pray except behind a Sutra).
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 486:
Do you make us (women) equal to dogs and donkeys? While I used to
lie in my bed, the Prophet would come and pray facing the middle of
the bed. I used to consider it not good to stand in front of him in
his prayers. So I used to slip away slowly and quietly from the foot
of the bed till I got out of my guilt.
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 487:
Narrated Abu Sa'id:
The Prophet said, (what is ascribed to him in the following hadeeth
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 488:
Narrated Abu Salih As-Samman:
I saw Abu Said Al-Khudri praying on a Friday, behind something which
acted as a Sutra. A young man from Bani Abi Mu'ait, wanted to pass in
front of him, but Abu Said repulsed him with a push on his chest. Finding
no alternative he again tried to pass but Abu Said pushed him with a
greater force. The young man abused Abu Said and went to Marwan and
lodged a complaint against Abu Said and Abu Said followed the young
man to Marwan who asked him, "O Abu Said! What has happened between
you and the son of your brother?" Abu Sa'id said to him, "I heard the
Prophet saying, 'If anybody amongst you is praying behind something
as a Sutra and somebody tries to pass in front of him, then he should
repulse him and if he refuses, he should use force against him for he
is a satan.' "
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 489:
Narrated Busr bin Said:
that Zaid bin Khalid sent him to Abi Juhaim to ask him what he had
heard from Allah's Apostle about a person passing in front of another
person who was praying. Abu Juhaim replied, "Allah's Apostle said, 'If
the person who passes in front of another person in prayer knew the
magnitude of his sin he would prefer to wait for 40 (days, months or
years) rather than to pass in front of him." Abu An-Nadr said, "I do
not remember exactly whether he said 40 days, months or years."
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 490:
The things which annul the prayers were mentioned before me. They
said, "Prayer is annulled by a dog, a donkey and a woman (if they pass
in front of the praying people)." I said, "You have made us (i.e. women)
dogs. I saw the Prophet praying while I used to lie in my bed between
him and the Qibla. Whenever I was in need of something, I would slip
away. for I disliked to face him."
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 491:
The Prophet used to pray while I was sleeping across in his bed in
front of him. Whenever he wanted to pray Witr, he would wake me up and
I would pray Witr.
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 492:
the wife of the Prophet, "I used to sleep in front of Allah's Apostle
with my legs opposite his Qibla (facing him); and whenever he prostrated,
he pushed my feet and I withdrew them and whenever he stood, I stretched
them." 'Aisha added, "In those days there were no lamps in the houses."
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 493:
The things which annual prayer were mentioned before me (and those
were): a dog, a donkey and a woman. I said, "You have compared us (women)
to donkeys and dogs. By Allah! I saw the Prophet praying while I used
to lie in (my) bed between him and the Qibla. Whenever I was in need
of something, I disliked to sit and trouble the Prophet. So, I would
slip away by the side of his feet."
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 494:
(the wife of the Prophet) Allah's Apostle used to get up at night
and pray while I used to lie across between him and the Qibla on his
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 495:
Narrated Abu Qatada Al-Ansari:
Allah's Apostle was praying and he was carrying Umama the daughters
of Zainab, the daughter of Allah's Apostle and she was the daughter
of 'As bin Rabi'a bin 'AbduShams. When he prostrated, he put her down
and when he stood, he carried her (on his neck).
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 496:
Narrated Maimuna bint Al-Harith:
My bed was beside the praying place (Musalla) of the Prophet and sometimes
his garment fell on me while I used to lie in my bed.
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 497:
The Prophet used to pray while I used to sleep beside him during my
periods (menses) and in prostrations his garment used to touch me.
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 498:
It is not good that you people have made us (women) equal to dogs
and donkeys. No doubt I saw Allah's Apostle praying while I used to
lie between him and the Qibla and when he wanted to prostrate, he pushed
my legs and I withdrew them.
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 499:
Narrated 'Amr bin Maimuin:
'Abdullah bin Mas'ud said, "While Allah's Apostle was praying beside
the Ka'ba, there were some Quraish people sitting in a gathering. One
of them said, 'Don't you see this (who does deeds just to show off)?
Who amongst you can go and bring the dung, blood and the abdominal contents
(intestines, etc). of the slaughtered camels of the family of so and
so and then wait till he prostrates and put that in between his shoulders?'
The most unfortunate amongst them ('Uqba bin Abi Mu'ait) went (and brought
them) and when Allah's Apostle prostrated, he put them between his shoulders.
The Prophet remained in prostration and they laughed so much so that
they fell on each other. A passerby went to Fatima, who was a young
girl in those days. She came running and the Prophet was still in prostration.
She removed them and cursed upon the Quraish on their faces. When Allah's
Apostle completed his prayer, he said, 'O Allah! Take revenge on Quraish.'
He said so thrice and added, 'O Allah! take revenge on 'Amr bin Hisham,
'Utba bin Rabia, Shaiba bin Rabi'a, Al-Walid bin'Utba, Umaiya bin Khalaf,
'Uqba bin Abi Mu'ait and 'Umar a bin Al-Walid." Abdullah added, "By
Allah! I saw all of them dead in the battle field on the day of Badr
and they were dragged and thrown in the Qalib (a well) at Badr: Allah's
Apostle then said, 'Allah's curse has descended upon the people of the