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 question
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."