Best Position for One Makmum in Jamaah Prayer

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Hi all readers! In this article, I will explain the best position for one makmum in jamaah prayer. What I mean is, if in the congregational prayer there are only two people, one person becomes imam and one person becomes makmum, then where is the best place for makmum; on the left side or on the right side?

As always, before I answer the question above, I will explain about one Makmum in Jamaah prayer, I will quote a hadith that is specifically related to our discussion.

Hadith About Best Position for One Makmum in Jamaah Prayer

The hadith about best position for one makmum in Jamaah prayer that I mean is as follows;

عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمَا قَالَ ؛ صَلَّيْتُ مَعَ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ذَاتَ لَيْلَةٍ فَقُمْتُ عَنْ يَسَارِهِ ، فَأَخَذَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ بِرَأْسِيْ مِنْ وَرَائِيْ فَجَعَلَنِيْ عَنْ يَمِيْنِهِ . مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ

From Ibn Abbas radliyallaahu ‘anhumaa, he said,” I once prayed with the Prophet (Muhammad) sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam one night. I then stood on his left side. The Messenger of Allah sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam then took my head from behind me and directed me on his right side.” The hadith is narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim.

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There are some important things related to the hadith above that we need to know;

One; The hadith explains, that the sunnah prayer (which is recommended) can be done together.

Two; The hadith explains, that we may be makmum of people who are praying even though he does not intend to be imam in prayer.

Three; The hadith explains, that makmum may be on the left side of the imam in prayer.

Four; The hadith explains, that a little movement in prayer does not destroy prayer.

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