Forgetfulness in the Prayer

Al-Muwatta' of Imam Malik

by Imam Malik ibn Anas
Translated by: Ustadha Aisha Bewley

4.0  Forgetfulness in the Prayer

4.1 What to do if one forgets in prayer

1 Yahya related to me from Malik from Ibn Shihab from Abu Salama ibn 'Abd ar-Rahman ibn 'Awf from Abu Hurayra that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "When one of you stands in prayer, Shaytan comes to him and confuses him until he does not know how much he has prayed. When one of you experiences that, he should do two sajdas from the sitting position."

[cf Bukhari 1175]

2 Yahya related to me from Malik that he had heard that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "I forget or I am made to forget in order that I may establish the sunna."

3 Yahya related to me from Malik that he had heard that a man questioned al-Qasim ibn Muhammad saying, "My imagination gets carried away in the prayer, and it happens to me a lot." Al-Qasim ibn Muhammad said, "Go on with your prayer, for it will not leave you alone until you go away saying, 'I have not completed my prayer.'"