The reward of ṣalaah while sitting: Ibn Taymiyah

In the epic collection of his writings, Ibn Taymiyah addresses the question: Is it true that the prayer of someone sitting is half (in terms reward) of the prayer of someone standing? He replied:

نعم . صحيح عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم أنه قال : { صلاة القاعد على النصف من صلاة القائم } . لكن إذا كان عادته أنه يصلي قائما وإنما قعد لعجزه فإن الله يعطيه أجر القائم . لقوله صلى الله عليه وسلم { إذا مرض العبد أو سافر كتب له من العمل ما كان يعمله وهو صحيح مقيم } فلو عجز عن الصلاة كلها لمرض كان الله يكتب له أجرها كله ; لأجل نيته وفعله بما قدر عليه فكيف إذا عجز عن أفعالها . ـ

Yes. It is authentically reported that the Prophet (ﷺ) said, “the alaah of one who is sitting is half of the alaah of one who is standing.” However if it is one’s norm to pray while standing and he is only sitting due to his inability (at that time), then verily Allah will give him the reward of one who is standing. This is according to his statement (ﷺ), “When a slave of Allah suffers from illness or sets on a journey, he is credited with the equal of whatever good works he used to do when he was healthy or at home” [al-Bukhari #2996]. So if one is unable to perform the alaah completely due to sickness, then Allah writes the complete reward of it for him, according to his niyyah (intention) and his practice while he had the ability to do it, so similarly when he is unable to do that.

  [Majmoo’ al-Fataawa 23/130]

See also: Du’a or Dhikr after Salaah: Ibn Taymiyah

See also: The supplication of Istikhaarah – before or after the tasleem: Ibn Taymiyah

See also: Be more concerned about the acceptance of deeds than the deeds themselves: Ibn Rajab

See also: “Call upon your Lord in humility and privately; indeed, He does not like transgressors.”: Tafsir al-Qurtubi

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