Shama-il Tirmidhi Chapter 39, Hadith Number 15 (262).

‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud Radiyallahu ‘Anhu reports: “Once at night I performed salaah with Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam. Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam stood for such a long time that I intended to commit an evil deed”. Someone asked him what deed did you intend to commit? He replied. “To sit down and leave Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam alone”.

This may have two meanings. If I sit and perform salaah Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu’Alayhi Wasallam will remain standing alone. This was said to be a bad action and a sign of disrespect. There is a possibility that by saying ‘sit down, he meant ending his prayer. It is clear that this is rude, bad and shows disrespect and carelessness, that while performing salaah with Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam to end the niyyah and sit down. While standing he became tired, then this type of thoughts entered his mind.

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