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Posted on: 07-Jul-2009
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Ta'meen (Saying Amen) In The Salah



Dear Sir,
Sorry to bother you but I have just stumbled on an issue. Why do we use the word "mīn" in the supplications and in the ṣalāh when it is not used in Qur’ān when it was introduced by the Hebrews and Christians? I have come to know that an Egyptian King was named Oman. And how it came in the Lohe Qurāni?
Tajdar Aziz


There is no problem with using a word in prayers that is not in the Qur’ān, as long as the word is relevant and appropriate. Allāhu Akbar (God is great) is also not in the Qur’ān but is mentioned several times in prayers.
Amīn being the name of a person also does not change anything. It is the meaning of it (and not one who owns it as a name) that is intended when people use it.
Also, it is not necessarily correct to hold that something originated from Jews or Christians should not be used. Muslims, Christians and Jews are all followers of the religion of Abraham (sws) and have lots in common. 
Āmīn simply means "so be it". It is a reasonable end to any supplication. We cannot categorise it as the Sunnah of the Prophet (sws) but we also cannot condemn its usage. It is a permissible word to say after any supplication simply because it is relevant. Of course we also have Aḥādith narrated from the Prophet (sws) suggesting that the Prophet (sws) encouraged people to say it after supplications. There are also a great number of traditions which tell us that the Prophet (sws) commanded the believers to say Ᾱmīn when the Imām completes reading sūrah Fātiḥah. He is reported to have said:
Abū Hurayrah reported: The Messenger of Allah (sws) said: Say mīn when the Imam says Amīn, for it anyone's utterance of mīn synchronises with that of the angels, he will be forgiven his past sins. (Muslim, No: 410)
Hope this helps.


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