What Is the Name of the Companion Who Prayed Two Rakats While the Friday Sermon Was Being Given?

Answered by Shaykh Abdullah Anik Misra

Question

What is the name of the Companion who entered the mosque and Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) delivering the Friday khutbah and he asked him to pray two rakats?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate,

The name of this Companion was Sulayk al-Ghatafani (may Allah be pleased with him).

In Sahih Muslim, it is narrated on the authority of Jabir (may Allah be pleased with him) that, “Sulayk al-Ghatafani entered the mosque on Friday while the Prophet was on the pulpit and sat down before praying. The Prophet said: ‘O Sulayk! Did you pray two rakats?’ Then he (the Prophet) said, ‘Stand up and pray them.’” (Muslim, Sahih)

Wassalam,
[Shaykh] Abdullah Anik Misra
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Shaykh Abdullah Misra was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1983. His family hails from India, and he was raised in the Hindu tradition. He embraced Islam in 2001 while at the University of Toronto, from where he completed a Bachelor of Business Administration. He then traveled overseas in 2005 to study the Arabic language and Islamic sciences in Tarim, Yemen, for some time, as well as Darul Uloom in Trinidad, West Indies. He spent 12 years in Amman, Jordan, where he focused on Islamic Law, Theology, Hadith Sciences, Prophetic Biography, and Islamic Spirituality while also working at the Qasid Arabic Institute as Director of Programs. He holds a BA in Islamic Studies (Alimiyya, Darul Uloom) and authorization in the six authentic books of Hadith and is currently pursuing specialized training in issuing Islamic legal verdicts (ifta’). He holds a certificate in Counselling and often works with new Muslims and those struggling with religious OCD. He is an instructor and researcher in Sacred Law and Theology with the SeekersGuidance The Global Islamic Seminary. Currently, He resides in the Greater Toronto Area with his wife and children. His personal interests include Indian history, comparative religion, English singing, and poetry.