Takbeeratul Ehraam, or the statement of “Allahu Akbar” is the inaugural part of prayer. A prophetic hadith concludes, “The moment Takbeeratul Ehraa is uttered, prayer enters a state of consecration, and the moment that state comes to an end is when the worshipper finishes reciting tasleem”, meaning that when the worshipper recites takbir, the prayer starts, and thus they should refrain from all that which may render prayer batil until all is done with the recitation of tasleem where and when the worshipper is considered having discharged their obligation.
For that reason Takbeeratul Ehraam, and not niyyah, has been treated as the first part of prayer. That is because niyyah alone does not set prayer rolling.
Below is an example of Takbeeratul Ehraam:
|Takbeeratul Ehraam (The First Takbir – Allah hu Akbar)
Lift both hands up to the ears and say
|ALLAH HU AKBAR
Allah is Great