Issue Friday 7 December 2018
is permissible to keep someone from passing in front of a person who is
If a praying person has a Sutrah in front of him, then it is allowed for him to prevent any human or animal from passing in front of him. If a person passes in front of him from beyond the Sutrah, then the person in Salah is neither to prevent the passer-by nor will he be harmed by him.
Saleh as-Saman said: “I will narrate to you what I heard and saw from Abu Sa’id
al-Khudri. One day I was with Abu Sa’id and he was offering Salah on Friday
facing something which concealed him from the people when a young man from the
tribe of Mu’ait came and tried to pass in front of Abu Sa’id. He pushed him
back. He tried again and Abu Sa’id struck him harder. The two scuffled. The man
went to Marwan to complain. Abu Sa’id also went to Marwan. Marwan asked: ‘What
has happened between you and the son of your brother that caused him to
complain?’ Abu Sa’id said: ‘I heard the Prophet (SAW) say: ‘If any of you prays
toward a sutrah and someone tries to pass in front of you, then turn him away.
If he refuses, use force for he is a devil.”’ This is related by al-Bukhari and
of anything does not invalidate the prayer
The Salah is not invalidated by anything (passing in front of the praying person).
‘Ali, ‘Uthman, ibn al-Musayyab, ash-Sh’abiy, Malik, ash-Shaf’i, Sufyan al-Thauri and the Hanafi scholars are of the opinion that the salah is not invalidated by anything which passes in front of a person. This is based on the hadith recorded by Abu Dawud from Abu al-Waddak who says: “A young person tried to pass in front of Abu Sa’id while he was praying. Abu Sa’id held him off and then the young man tried again. Abu Sa’id pushed him off. This happened three times and when [Abu Sa’id] finished [the prayer], he said: ‘The salah is not invalidated by anything but the Messenger of Allah said: ‘Repulse [the person who is trying to pass in front of you] to the best of your ability for he is a devil.’”
following acts are
permissible during the prayer
Crying, moaning, or groaning, regardless of whether it is due to a fear of Allah or to any other reason (e.g., a moan due to some pain or injury that one cannot contain), is permissible. This is based on the Qur’anic verse: “When the revelations of the Merciful were recited unto them, they fell prostrating and adoring.” This verse is general and includes one who is praying.
ibn ash-Schikhir relates: “I saw the Messenger of Allah praying and his chest
was ‘buzzing’, like the buzzing of a cooking pot, due to crying.” This is
related by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, an-Nasa’i, and at-Tirmizhi. The latter classifies
it as sahih.
reports: “There was no horseman among us at the battle of Badr save al-Miqdad
ibn al-Aswad. I saw that not one of us was standing save the Messenger of Allah
who was praying under a tree and crying until the dawn.” This is related by Ibn
relates the incident that occurred during the fatal illness of the Prophet
(SAW). The Messenger of Allah said: “Order Abu Bakr to lead the people in
prayer.” ‘Aishah responded: “O Messenger of Allah, Abu Bakr is a very
soft-hearted man and he cannot control his tears, and if he recites the Qur’an,
he cries.” ‘Aishah later admitted: “I said that only because I hated that the
people should blame Abu Bakr for being the first to take the place of the
Messenger of Allah.” The Messenger of Allah said: “Order Abu Bakr to lead the
people in salah. You women are like the companions of Yusuf.” This is related
by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, Ibn Hibban, and at-Tirmizhi who calls it sahih. The fact
that the Prophet insisted that Abu Bakr lead the salah after he was informed
that he would be overcome by weeping proves that it is permissible to cry while
prayed Fajr and recited Surah Yusuf, and when he reached the verse “I expose my
distress and anguish only unto Allah,” he raised his voice in crying. This is
related by al-Bukhari, Sa’id ibn Mansur, and ibn al-Munzhir. In ‘Umar’s raising
his voice in crying is a refutation of those who say that crying invalidates
the salah if it causes a sound from the mouth, regardless of whether it is due
to the fear of Allah or not. They argue that sound from the mouth due to crying
is like speaking, but this is not acceptable as crying and speaking are two
to a side due to some need
Ibn Abbas relates: “The Messenger of Allah would turn to his right and left he would not turn his head to see behind him.” This is related by Ahmad.
Abu Dawud records that when the Prophet (SAW), “he looked toward a valley because he had sent some horsemen to guard the valley.”
Anas ibn Sireen says: “I saw Anas ibn Malik lift his eyes to something while he was praying.” This is related by Ahmad.
Unnecessary Turning during Prayer
Turning to look at something without any genuine need is disliked, for it is against the etiquettes of humility while facing Allah in Prayer.
‘Aishah says: “I asked the Messenger of Allah about turning in salah and he said: ‘It is the portion that the Satan steals from the slave’s prayer.’” This is related by Ahmad, al-Bukhari, an-Nasa’i, and Abu Dawud.
ad-Darda’ narrates from the Prophet: “O people, be careful about turning for
there is no salah for the one who turns. If you must do it, do it in the
voluntary prayers and not in the obligatory prayers.” This is related by Ahmad.
Anas relates that the Messenger of Allah said to him: “Be careful about turning during the salah as turning in the salah is disastrous. If you must do it, then do it in the voluntary prayers but not in the obligatory prayers.” This is related by at-Tirmizhi who calls it sahih.
the hadith of al-Harith al-Ash’ari, the Prophet Sallallahu Alehi Wasallam said:
“Allah gave Yahya, son of Zakariyah, five commands that he was to abide by and
was to order the tribe of Isra’el to abide by...” One of them was, “Verily,
Allah orders you to pray, and when you pray, do not turn for Allah looks to the
face of His slave in salah as long as he does not turn.” This is related by
Ahmad and anNasa’i.
Zharr reported that the Prophet said: “Allah faces the slave while he is in the
salah and keeps facing him as long as he does not turn. If [the slave] turns,
[Allah] turns away from him.” This is related by Ahmad and by Abu Dawud who
said its chain of narrators (Isnad) is sahih. The preceding hadith is concerned
with turning the face during the salah. If one turns the whole (upper) body
away from the Qiblah, then the salah is invalidated, for not fulfilling the
requirement of facing the Qiblah. On this point, there is no difference of
Killing a Snake, Scorpion or other Harmful Animals
If killing these would only require a small action on the part of the person in salah, then there is no harm in doing it. Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet (SAW) said: “Kill the snake and the scorpion during the Salah.” This is related by Ahmad, at-Tirmizhi, Abu Dawud, an-Nasa’i, and Ibn Majah. The hadith is Hasan Sahih.
To be continued