Is this Hadith authentic?
إذا أتى أحدكم الصلاة فلا يركع دون الصف , حتى يأخذ مكانه من الصف
Imam Tahawi (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith.
Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “When one of you comes for Salah, he should not go into ruku’ before reaching the saff (row), until he gets to his place in the saff.”
(Sharhu Ma’anil Athar, vol. 1 pg. 396)
Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) has declared the chain sound (hasan).
(Fathul Bari, Hadith: 783)
Imam Bukhari (rahimahullah) has recorded a Hadith that has a similar meaning. (Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 783)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar
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