Monday, 20 August 2018

Sunna of Leaning on Staff While on Pulpit

نحمده ونصلى ونسلم على رسوله الكريم

اعوذ بالله السميع العليم من الشيطان اللعين الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

One of the neglected Sunan of our day is carrying and leaning upon a staff or stick. This was the Sunna of the Prophets, including the Seal of the Prophets Muhammad (sall Allahu alayhi wasallam). The Holy Qur’an specifically mentions the staffs of the Prophets Moses and Solomon, though in the latter case the minsa (staff) may also be a reference to Solomon’s dominion (Sura 34:14), just as the word throne is figuratively used to refer to a king’s dominion, and his crown figuratively refers to his position of kingship, etc. Carrying and leaning upon a staff has historically been the way of the elders and the clergy, along with the wearing of a cloak. Some of the “neo-Salafis” consider the practice of the khatib (sermonizer) of holding a staff while delivering the sermon upon the pulpit as an innovation. But far from being an innovation, this practice is directly proven from the authentic Hadith narrated by the companions al-Hakam b. Hazn al-Kulafi (radi Allahu anhu):
فَأَقَمْنَا بِهَا أَيَّامًا شَهِدْنَا فِيهَا الْجُمُعَةَ مَعَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَقَامَ مُتَوَكِّئًا عَلَى عَصًا أَوْ قَوْسٍ
“So we stayed there for several days and offered the Friday prayer along with the Messenger of Allah – sall Allahu alayhi wasallam – he stood leaning on a staff or bow.” (Sunan Abi Dawud #1096)
Both Albani and Zubair Ali Zai have declared this Hadith as hasan (sound).

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