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A Believer’s Guide To Prayer (English)


The ritual prayer, or salathas been described by the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ as one of the five pillars of Islam. This annotated work includes two treatises that deal with specific aspects of the prayer.

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Title: A Believer’s Guide To Prayer (English)
Format: [A5] Paperback
Type: Book
Author 1: Ahmad ibn Zayni Dahlan
Author 2: Muhammad Hisham Burhani
Translated by: Amjad Mahmood
Publisher: Heritage Press
Published Year: 2022
Edition: 2nd
Language: [English]
ISBN: 9780957693760
Added to our Catalogue: 17th August 2022

Length: 215mm
Width: 140mm
Height: 13mm
Weight: 225g
Pages: 143

A Believer’s Guide To Prayer (English) – Description

The ritual prayer, or salathas been described by the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ as one of the five pillars of Islam. This annotated work includes two treatises that deal with specific aspects of the prayer. The first is by Shaykh Ahmad ibn Zayni Dahlan, and it outlines the importance of the prayer according to the sources of Islam and its early pious figures, the duty to perform the prayer in congregation and issues a stark warning against neglecting the prayer. The second is a legal manual detailing the rules of purification and prayer according to the Hanafi school of jurisprudence by Shaykh Hisham Burhani.

Shaykh Ahmad ibn Zayni Dahlan (d. 1304/ 1886) was the leading Shafi I mufti and scholar of Mecca in his time, and an authority on Islamic history. He authored, and personally published, numerous works on the Islamic sciences and history. 

Shaykh Hisham Burhani (d. 1435 / 2014) was a Syrian scholar and an authority in the Hanafr legal school. He served as a lecturer in the Faculty of Shariah at the University of Damascus, where he taught Islamic law (figh), legal theory (usul al-figh) and Qur’anic exegesis (tafsir).

Table of Contents




—Shaykh Sayyid Ahmad in Zayni Dahlän

—Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Burhani

—Shaykh Muhammad Said al-Burhani

—Shaykh ‘Abd al-Wahhab Dibs Wa Zayt


Shaykh Sayyid Ahmad in Zayni Dahlan

CHAPTER ONE: The Merit of the Prescribed Prayers and the Warning against Neglecting Them

CHAPTER TWO: The Merit of the Congregational Prayer 

Noble hadiths
Statements from the Companions رضی اللہ عنھم
Hadiths emphasising the straightening of the rows in the congregational prayers
Important point of benefit

CHAPTER THREE: The Merit of Performing the Nightfall and Dawn Prayers in Congregation

Noble hadiths
Statements from the Companions رضی اللہ عنھم

CHAPTER FOUR: Narrations from the Early Muslims on the Exhortation to Pray in Congregation


Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Burhani

FOREWORD by Ustadh Shaykh ‘Abd al-Wahhäb Dibs Wa Zayt رضي الله عنه
FOREWORD by Ustadh Shaykh Muhammad Said al-Burhani رضي الله عنه


CHAPTER ONE: Significance of the Prayer

1.0 The significance of the ritual prayer in the religion
1.1 Its obligation

CHAPTER TWO: Validity, Conditions and Integrals of the Prayer

2.0 The conditions (shurüf) compulsory for the validity of the prayer and for it to remain valid
2.1 The integrals (arkan) upon which the prayer is established
2.2 Clarifications on the conditions for the validity of prayer
2.3 Observations and clarifications on the integrals of the prayer
2.4 The necessary elements (wajibät) of the prayer
2.5 Using a barrier (sutrah)
2.6 The sunnah prayers that accompany the five obligatory daily prayers
2.7 The witr prayer
2.8 Doubts during the prayer
2.9 Things that invalidate the prayer
2.10 Things offensive (makrühät) in prayer
2.11 How to perform the forgetfulness prostration (sajdat al-sahw)
2.12 What necessitates the discontinuation of one’s prayer and what merely permits it

CHAPTER THREE: The Call to Prayer

3.0 The call to prayer (azan) and the call to commence the prayer (iqamah)
3.1 The method of giving the azan

CHAPTER FOUR: The Prayer from Beginning to End

4.0 How to perform the prayer
4.1 Important note

CHAPTER FIVE: Group Prayer and the Imam

5.0 The prerequisites for leading the congregational prayer (imamah) and the exhortation to perform prayers in congregation (jama’ah)
5.1 The prerequisites for the validity of one’s following an imam (iqtida)
5.2 Catching the congregation for an obligatory prayer
5.3 When is a person considered to have caught a prayer cycle?

CHAPTER SIX: Selected Ritual Prayers

6.0 Making up missed prayers
6.1 The prayer of a traveller
6.2 Prostration of Quran recital (sajdat al-tiläwah)
6.3 The Friday (jumu ‘ah) prayer
6.4 The Eid prayer and the sacrificial offering
6.5 The prayer for guidance (salät al-istikharah)
6.6 The prayer of tarawih
6.7 The prayer of a sick person
6.8 The prayer of glorification (salät al-tasbih)
6.9 The prayer of need (salät al-hajah)
6.10 Recommendations (mandübat), litanies (awrad) and supererogatory prayers (nawafil)
6.11 The supreme supplication for forgiveness (sayyid al-istighfar)
6.12 Miscellaneous supplications

CHAPTER SEVEN: Bequest, Funeral Procedures and Prayer

7.1 Bequest (wasiyyah)
7.2 Funeral procedures (janaiz) and its prayer

APPENDIX: The Merit of the Friday Prayer and Its Obligation, and the Warning against not Performing It

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Weight 0.225 kg
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