POINTS TO PONDER....................................
Let's take the following verse of the Qur’an:
4:101 When you go forth on an expedition or travel, there is no blame on you in shortening your Salaat congregations if you fear that the disbelievers may attack you. The disbelievers are your ardent enemies. [2:3]
According to Hadith, those who travel usually shorten their salaat from 4 rakaat to 2 rakaat.
Now look at the verse 4:102 that follows. It reads as follows:
4:102 When you (O Messenger) are with them (on an expedition or travel), and stand to lead them in Salaat congregation, let some of them stand up with you taking their arms with them. After they have concluded their SALAAT, let them fall to the rear and let another party come forth and keep their arms in all precaution while taking instructions. The disbelievers want you to neglect your arms and belongings so that they may attack you once and for all. There is no blame on you in laying aside your arms if rain impedes you or if you are ill. But take all possible precaution for yourselves. God has readied a humiliating punishment for the disbelievers
The above are QXP translations. In Yusuf Ali’s translation, it states that when the first group has finished its PROSTRATION (in the first rakaat) then it must take the position of the second group and the second group must then join the second rakaat and finish the salaat with the Prophet (s) who completes the two rakaats. Shorting of salaat means one rakaat or two.
According to the following verse of the Qur’an, salaat is also a “pledge” to God that we will function according to the Qur’an and not Hadith or any other book:
7:29 Say (O Messenger), 'My Lord enjoins justice and to stand devoted to Him alone in complete submission at all time and place. Call unto Him, sincere in your faith in Him alone. As He brought you into being in the first place, so shall you return to Him.'
Here I again find the QXP translation largely misleading. It should read: “in complete submission at all time and place of salaat (masjid)”.
Hence, if salaat is a “pledge” then it does not matter whether you perform 1, 2, 3, or 4 rakaats.
The following verse describes what a masjid is:
72:18 And the Masjids, one and all, belong to God alone. So, do not call upon anyone along with God. [Masjids = Mosques = Places to hold congregations = Collective acts of submission = Community Centers = Ways of adoration = Obedience of Divine Commands = Centers of administering the Divine System. 9:17]
And if you wish to know how the Qur’an defines masjid, read the following verse:
22:40 Those who have been evicted from their homes unjustly, for no reason other than saying, 'Our Lord is God!' (They should remember) if God had not enabled some people to repel others; temples, monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, where the Name of God is oft mentioned, would have been destroyed. And God will certainly help those who help Him. For, God is Mighty, Powerful.
Please Brother do not act BIG as if you are EXPERT on Qur’an. You are just a blind follower. You haven’t even figured out that most Qur’an have many translation errors that are misleading.
AK Sayed (South Africa).