A textbook on the prayer
Description of the Prophet’s Prayer by Imam Muhammad Nasir al-Din al-Albani
Prayer is a fundamental act of worship and central to Islam; its importance cannot be emphasized enough. Muslims strive to perfect their prayer for it is indeed a dividing line between faith and disbelief, and will also be the first thing mankind is questioned about by Allah on the Day of Judgment. Therefore much has been dedicated to the topic of prayer from the vast body of Islamic literature - from its rulings to the finer details of its characteristics etc.
Sifatu Salat al-Nabi is a renowned work of the Imam and scholar of hadith, Muhammad Nasir al-Din al-Albani (may Allah bestow His Mercy upon him). The original work in Arabic was a unique milestone lending a fresh approach in presenting the topic. We are therefore proud to present before the reader, the English translation of it. The intent behind the compilation of the book was clearly noted by the author, and he stated, "I did not come across a book (on prayer) that covered the topic comprehensively, so I felt obliged to produce a book that collected together as many features of the Prophet's (peace and blessing be upon him) prayer as possible, from the takbeer (opening of the prayer) to the tasleem (concluding of the prayer)..."
He further asserted his preferred methodology employed in the book, by adopting strict principles of adhering to the authentic Sunnah, and the difficult task he faced in ensuring this course was adhered to. The book has since developed into a study text and a primer that is deliberated and taught throughout the Muslim expanse. It sets a standard in reviving a holistic approach to prayer - and thereby a means towards perfecting one's servitude to Allah.
It is our hope that this new English rendering will ensure an earnest continuation in helping Muslims follow the guidance of the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) in their daily worship. And that the application of this book becomes a catalyst for those who love the Prophet in fulfilling his command to, "Pray as you have seen me praying."
Muhammad Nasir al-Din al-Albani was a Syrian-Albanian Islamic scholar who specialized in the fields of hadith and fiqh. He established his reputation in Syria, where his family had moved when he was a child and where he was educated.