Controlling thoughts during Salaah and Sajdah

Question ID: 31700

AA Mufti Sahab,
Someone’s thoughts strayed to a saying of Umar (RA) he had written about recently, during salah. This thought persisted when that person went into sajda. The person realized that thinking about somebody else in sajda may result in kufr, therefore he tried to get rid of the thought immediately.

1. Did the fact that the person was thinking about someone else during sadja, but not actually making a sajda to him, result in kufr?

2. Can a person think about the creation of Allah, for example the universe, while in sajda to remind oneself of the greatness of Allah for the sake of concentration? The intention is not to make sajda to the universe but the Creator of the universe.

3. If the answer to question 2 is no, how can one maintain concentration in salah, especially during sajda, so that one’s thoughts do not turn anthropomorphic?

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Asked on December 6, 2016 3:08 pm
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السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُاللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

1.) No.
2.) Yes.
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وَعَلَيْكُمُ السَّلَام وَرَحْمَةُ اللَّهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ وَمَغْفِرَتُهُ
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Answered on December 21, 2016 10:36 am