Guidance for performing prayers

Rokiah Mahmud

Performing five time daily prayers – Zohor, Asar, Maghrib, Isyak and Subuh – is compulsory to all Muslims, as prayer is the second pillar of Rukun Islam (the Five Pillars of Islam).

However, Islam has provided several methods to perform prayer according to a person’s condition and situation, to provide ease for them in performing the obligation. One of the ways is performing prayer using a chair.

For this purpose, the State Mufti’s Office under the Prime Minister’s Office recently launched a book entitled Prayer Using a Chair: Its Method’.

State Mufti Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned said that the publication of the book is timely as there is an increase in the use of chairs among congregants at mosques, suraus and religious halls especially among senior citizens and differently abled individuals.

The State Mufti during the launch said that performing prayers when using a chair does not necessarily mean that one needs to sit throughout the prayer.

File photo of Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan. PHOTO: AMRI BIN HAJI MD SALLEH
A detailed explanation provided in the book. PHOTO: ROKIAH MAHMUD

“For those who are able to stand, the method would be different from those who cannot stand at all. Every movement will depend on one’s mobility,” the State Mufti said.

The 71-page book describes the correct procedures according to certain circumstances encountered by individuals while performing prayers using a chair.

The book also provides a picture description to enable the readers to have a clear understanding on how to perform prayers using a chair according to Mazhab Shafi’e.

Aside from specifically describing the obligation of Muslims in performing prayer even during illness as well as addressing issues related to prayer using a chair, the book also discusses the obligation of prayer and hikmah of prayer. The State Mufti’s Office also conducted a workshop, ‘Prayer Using a Chair’, participated by 317 individuals.

The participants comprised religious officers, Mosque Affairs officers, Imams, religious teachers and religious facilitators ranging from Ministry of Defence, Islamic Da’wah Centre (PDI), mosque affairs Department, Islamic Studies Department (JPI) at the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Department of Schools including Special Education Unit under the Ministry of Education, senior citizen association, Differently-abled association, Muallaf association, mosque’s Muslimah and youth.

The workshop focussed on Rukun Fi’li in prayer and an explanation on situations that permit the performing of prayers using a chair; providing an understanding and guidance to educators on demonstrating the methods.

The publication of the book and workshop hope to provide proper guidance theoretically and practically in using a chair while performing prayer.