I want to know the authenticity of the following Hadith: "No person's prayers is complete unless he says Takbeer, praises Allah-the Mighty and Sublime and Extols Him, recites of the Qur'an what is easy for him". Is this Hadith reported in Abu Dawood and Hakim?
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and may His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions. The Hadith you referred to is correct. Reported by Abu Dawood , al-Nasaaie , Ibn Majah . Sheikh al-Albani graded it sound. The text of the Hadith is as follows: The Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said: The prayer of anyone is not perfect unless he performs ablution perfectly; he should then utter the Takbir, and praise Allah, the Exalted, and admire Him; he should then recite as much Qur'an as he desires. He should then say: "Allahu Akbar" (Allah is Most Great). Next he should bow so that all his joints return to their proper places. Then he should say: "Samia Allahu Liman Hamidah" (Allah listens to the one who praises Him), and stand erect. He should then say: "Allahu Akbar," and should prostrate himself so that all his joints are completely at rest. Then he should say: "Allahu Akbar"; he should raise his head (at the end of prostration) till he sits erect. Then he should say: "Allahu Akbar"; then he should prostrate himself till all his joints return to their proper places. Then he should raise his head and say the Takbir. When he does so, then his prayer is completed . Allah knows best.
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