Best Position for One Makmum in Jamaah Prayer

Islamic Law Center: Hi all readers! In this article I will explain about 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. The hadith 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.


Same Things and Different Things between Imam and Makmum

Solution for Makmum Who Late Coming

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.

Five; The hadith explains, if there is only one makmum in prayer, then it is better to be on the right side of imam.

That is a brief explanation of the theme of this article. Do you understand? If you want to ask, please ask!

I think that is enough for this article. May be useful! Amen!

See you again in the next article!


Hasan Sulaiman an-Nuri and Alawi Abbas al-Maliki, Ibaanatu al-Ahkaam Syarhu Buluughi al-Maraam, Vol. II, Dar al-Fikr Publishing, Beirut, 2004, p. 24.


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