Questioner: If the name of the Prophet (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is mentioned while we are on Prayer, what should we say?
Dr Sharof: Say, ‘sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam’ (may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) without raising your voice. It is not appropriate to say it with a loud voice as we see most people doing today. Everyone should say it in such a way that the person next to him does not hear it. Al-Imaam Ibn Qoyyim (rohimohuLlaah) has explained this in his book, ‘Jala al-afham fi fadhl solaati ala Nabiyy (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam)’. At the end of that book he mentioned the positions wherein we would send blessings to the Prophet. He declared that if the name of the Prophet is mentioned during prayer even if it is at a position wherein we do not normally send blessings to the Prophet, we would say sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam. It does not render the prayer invalid. This is because the Sharee’ah states that if a statement from the statements of the prayer is said at the position other than its position, it does not render the prayer invalid. I hope you understand. For example, if you are on prayer reciting the verse, ‘Guide us to the Straight path’ [Soorah al-Faatihah (1):6], and the news of a person’s death reaches you, you can recite the verse, ‘…say: “Truly! To Allaah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.” [Soorah al-Baqorah (2):156] and thereafter continue with your previous recitation. That is, you should continue with the next verse [Soorah al-Faattihah (1):7]. This does not render your prayer invalid. This is because if you mention one of the statements of the prayer in a place other than its place, it does not render your payer invalid. I hope you understand. This is what we understand from the Sharee’ah.
[SOURCE: “QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION DURING THE EXPLANATION OF MA’AARIJUL QABUUL AT IBADAN]
Translated by Aboo Aaishah Al Odeomeey