I like many others have been told by the Shia that the prayer I send upon the Prophet PBUH was incomplete, this was a few years back actually when I didn’t know anything about Shiism. What I used to say after mentioning the Prophet’s name was “Salla Allahu ‘Alayhi wa-Sallam”, the Shia I met told me this was incomplete and unacceptable and that the narrations state that I must say “Salla Allahu ‘Alayhi wa Alihi wa-Sallam”… So I believed him and started reciting the new one he taught me thinking that I was wrong and I was committing a mistake, it also shook my faith a little back then..
BUT ANYWAYS I was told by one of my friends recently that this wasn’t accurate what the Shia had said and that my prayer was not incorrect and unaccepted, He showed me these two videos:
The myth of the incomplete prayer “al Salat al Batraa” 1:
The myth of the incomplete prayer “al Salat al Batraa” 2:
Basically this saying is found in some book by Ibn Hajar al Haythami called al Sawa’eq al Muhriqa and maybe some other book, Ibn Hajar al Haythami narrated it using “it is said” meaning the narration is weak, there is no narrator actually for this Hadith and there isn’t even a chain of transmission to the Prophet PBUH.
here it is:
لا تصلوا علي الصلاة البتراء
translation: It is said that the Prophet PBUH said: Do not make al Salat al batraa (incomplete prayer) on me.
Hadith grading: Baseless lie.
As for what is mentioned in the video that the Shia do not perform the complete and correct prayer, this seems to be true from what I see on their websites.
The average Muslim sends his Salat on Prophet Muhammad PBUH and Prophet Ibrahim PBUH and their “Aal” (Family & followers), the Shia however do not do this.
In the authentic Narrations we read that the Prophet PBUH told us to send send our Salat and Salam on him and his Aal and on Prophet Ibrahim PBUH and his Aal:
اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ، كَمَا صَلَّيْتَ عَلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ، وَبَارِكْ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِ مُحَمَّد، كَمَا بَارَكْتَ عَلَى آلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ، فِي الْعَالَمِينَ، إِنَّكَ حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ
The Prophet PBUH came to the Majlis of Sa’ad bin ‘Ubadah so Bachir ibn Sa’ad asked: we know how to make Salam on you and we were ordered to send Salat on you so how do we do this? The Prophet PBUH replied: say: “Allahuma Salli ‘Ala Muhammad wa ‘Ala Aali Muhammad kama Sallayta ‘Ala Ibrahim wa Barik ‘Ala Muhammad wa ‘Ala Aali Muhammad kama Barkta ‘Ala Aali Ibrahim fil Alameen innaka Hamidun Majid.”
source: الموطأ/ 459، صحيح, وابن حبان/ 1958، صحيح.
Muwatta Malik 459, grading: SAHIH.
Ibn Habban 1958, grading: SAHIH.
As you can see there is no mention of “Salat al Batraa” or an incomplete prayer, this thing doesn’t exist.
The average Muslim says the Tashahhud in his last Julous:
« attahiyat, al moubara’kat, assalawat attayibat lillah, assalam aleyk ayyou annabi wa rahmatoullah wa bara’katoh assalam aleyna wa ala ibadillah assalihin acha do an la ilah illa Allah wa acha adoan sayyidina mohammad rassoul Allah »
which translates to:
«All worships are for Allah. Allah’s peace be upon you, O Prophet, and His mercy and blessings. Peace be on us and on all righteous servants of Allah. I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger»
Then after it we send our Salat to The Prophets Muhammad and Ibrahim PBUT and their Aal in the Ibrahimic prayer:
«Allahoumma salli ala mohammed wa ala ali mohammed kama saleyta ala ibrahim wa ala ali ibrahim wa barik ala mohammed wa ala ali mohammed kama barakta ala ibrahim wa ala ali ibrahim fil alamine. innaka hamidun majid.»
which translates to:
«O Allah, bless our Muhammad and the family/followers of Muhammad As you have blessed Abraham and the family/followers of Abraham. O Allah, be gracious unto Muhammad and the family/followers of Muhammad As you were gracious unto Abraham and the family/followers of Abraham. Surely you are the Most Praiseworthy, the Most Glorious.»
Then we make Tasleem and the prayer is over, we do as the Prophet PBUH instructed in the Authentic narration above at least five times a day during the obligatory prayers.
Now the Shia in their last Julous they say:
“Ash-hadu anna la ilaha illa Allah, wahdahu la shareeka lah, wa ash-hadu anna muhammadan ‘abduhu wa-rasuluhu. Allahumma salli ala Muhammadin wa ‘ali Muhammed.”
which translates to:
“I bear witness that there is no god but Allah the one and only with no partners and I bear witness that Muhammad is his slave and messenger, O Allah send your blessing on Muhammad and the family of Muhammad”.
Then they make Tasleem and their prayer is over without mentioning Prophet Ibrahim PBUH and his Aal which makes their Prayer incomplete as the video above rightly describes “Salat al batraa”.
In conclusion: The Shia quote this fabricated Hadith to attack the rest of the Muslims and tell them that their Salat on the Prophet PBUH is incomplete:
“It is said that the Prophet PBUH said: Do not make al Salat al batraa (incomplete prayer) on me.”
This Hadith is extremely weak in both Sunni and even Shia books yet they quote it in order to attack others as it suits their desires.
But in reality the Prophet PBUH told us to say in the Authentic narrations which I quoted above:
“O Allah, bless our Muhammad and the family/followers of Muhammad As you have blessed Abraham and the family/followers of Abraham. O Allah, be gracious unto Muhammad and the family/followers of Muhammad As you were gracious unto Abraham and the family/followers of Abraham. Surely you are the Most Praiseworthy, the Most Glorious.”
All the average Muslims recite this at least five times a day in obligatory prayers whereas the Shia do not recite this and you can go back to their official website and see for yourself that they do not recite this: www.al-islam.org/encyclopedia/chapter7/6.html
My advice for the Twelver Shia, do not throw pebbles at a Fortress when your house is made out of glass… the little pebble might bounce back and shatter your house.
(Oh and before I end this, if you’ve seen the second video when The Shia Scholar “Sayyid” Ali Asghar al Modarresi quotes a Hadith from Sahih Bukhari by Abu Hurraira (ra)… that is sooooo pathetic I can’t believe they lie to their followers like this, the Hadith isn’t there and it wasn’t narrated by Abu Hurraira… what a sad pathetic cult these twelvers).