Meaning of part of the incident when Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) delayed ‘Isha

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What is the explanation of the following?

قال ابن شهاب: وذكر لي أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم، قال: وما كان لكم أن تنزروا رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم على الصلاة



This is part of the famous Hadith regarding the incident when Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) delayed ‘Isha Salah. Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) had expressed concern and raised his voice saying ‘The women and children have fallen off to sleep’. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) then uttered the words in question [according to one version].


The meaning of the part in question is as follows:

Ibn Shihab (rahimahullah) says, ‘I was told that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘And you should not persist/force the Messenger of Allah for Salah.’

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 638. Refer: Al Minhaj, Hadith: 1441 and Fathul Bari, Hadith: 569)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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