Islamic Date

06 Shawwal

English Date

28 May

The Imam should be Considerate

Abu Huraira (radi Allahu anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, "When any of you lead other people in prayer, you should make it short, for among you there are weak, sick and old people. When you pray by yourself, you can make it as long as you wish." [Sahih Bukhari]

Another version states that among the people praying are, "those who have a need to attend to."

This hadith shows us how Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) was always considerate of other people. He commanded the fulfillment of religious obligations but did not want to burden people with what was not required of them. He encouraged people to lengthen their prayers, but not when they were leading others, as within the jamaat (congregation) could be people who had other needs to attend to or who did not have the stamina of the Imam. Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) came as a mercy to the universe and did not want to make things unnecessarily difficult for others.