Mirrors and rakah count mistake
Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,
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One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
1. Can prayers be offered if there are mirrors around us and we can see ourselves in it while praying or doing tasleem?
2. If 4 rakahs of sunnat or nafl are prayed by a person by mistake and he/she realises in 4th rakah or after completing 3rd rakah what should b done.
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Can prayers be offered if there are mirrors around us and we can see ourselves
in it while praying or doing tasleem?
There is absolutely no harm if one prays in a room which has some mirrors, or one can see himself in those mirrors.
Q-2. If 4 rakahs of sunnat or nafl are prayed by a person by mistake and he/she realises in 4th rakah or after completing 3rd rakah what should b done.
We assume that a person wanted to pray two rakahs, and by mistake continued praying and performed the third or fourth rakah.
If one realizes the mistake in the third rakah, he should complete the prayer by praying the fourth rakah, and then do the sajdah suhoo or prostration of forgetfulness.
If one realizes the mistake in the fourth rakah, he should complete the rakah, and then perform the sajdah suhoo or prostration of forgetfulness.
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 2.324 Narrated by Abu Huraira
The Messenger of Allah (saws) said, "When anyone of you stands for the prayers, Satan comes and puts him in doubts till he forgets how many Rakat he has prayed. So if this happens to anyone of you, he should perform two prostrations of Sahoo while sitting. "
There are two authentic narrations on how the Messenger of Allah (saws) performed the Sajdah-Sahoo and both are acceptable. Abu Sa'id al-Khudri reported that the Messenger of Allah (saws) did two sujjud before the taslim, and in the hadith of Dhul-Yadain narrated by Abu Hurairah, it is recorded that the Prophet (saws) made the prostrations after the taslim.
The way to perform the Sajdah-Sahoo (or Sajdahs of forgetfulness) is to go into sajdah and glorify Allah, then sit and make supplication to Allah, then again go into sajdah and glorify Allah, and then perform the tasleems on either side.
This whole set of actions related above is called sajdah-sahoo and is to be done only once at the end of the prayer, if the person has made a mistake/s in the prayer.
After one has completed the prayer, and prays the tashahud; just before the tasleems of either side, one should make the two sajdahs for sajdah-sahoo and then perform the taslems on either side.
One completes the full prayer, prays the tashahud and makes the tasleems on either side. Immediately after the tasleems, one should make the two sajdahs for sajdah-sahoo and then again perform the tasleems on either side.
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Your Brother in Islam,