Is it permissible to think of the Prophet (peace and blessing of Allah upon him) while in prayer especially when in qiyam, what do the major hanafi ulema say?
Answered by: Mufti Abdurrahman ibn Yusuf
In the name of Allah, Most Gracious Most Merciful
It is permissible to think of the Greatest benefactor of Mankind Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam while in prayer, even in the standing posture.
Since it is permitted, or actually virtuous to ponder over the meaning of the Qur’an even during the prayer, it would be permissible to think of the Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wasallam as well.
However, if the person is performing alone, and has to recite portions of the Qur’an then he should think and reflect over what he is reading, so he does not become confused and make mistakes.
And Allah knows best.
Mufti Abdurrahman ibn Yusuf