Not Seeing Qiblah When Someone Is Praying (Salat) ~ Hi all readers! In this article, I will explain the law of seeing another direction when someone is praying. Surely, we already know what it is that turns. Yup! It is moving the view in another direction. It can be done using only the head, head and neck, and all the bodies. The question is whether it can damage prayer?
As usual, before I answer the question above and explain about seeing Qiblah in prayer (salat), I will quote one hadith that is specifically related to our discussion.
Hadith About Not Seeing Qiblah During Prayer (Salat)
The hadith about seeing Qiblah during prayer (Salat) that I mean is as follows;
عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهَا قَالَتْ ؛ سَأَلْتُ رَسُوْلَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ عَنِ الْإِلْتِفَاتِ فِيْ الصَّلَاةِ ؟ فَقَالَ ؛ هُوَ الْإِخْتِلَاسُ يَخْتَلِسُهُ الشَّيْطَانُ مِنْ صَلَاةِ الْعَبْدِ . رَوَاهُ الْبُخَارِيُّ . وَلِلتِّرْمِذِيِّ ؛ إِيَّاكِ وَالْإِلْتِفَاتِ فِيْ الصَّلَاةِ فَإِنَّهُ هَلَكَةٌ . فَإِنْ كَانَ لَا بُدَّ فَفِيْ التَّطَوُّعِ
From Aisha radliyallaahu anhaa, she said, “I once asked the Messenger of Allah sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam about seing seeing another direction in prayer. He then said, “That is the robbery carried out by the devil from the prayer of a servant.” This hadith is narrated by al-Bukhari. At-Tirmidhi has another hadith editorial, “You must not turn around when you are praying. Indeed, it is destruction. If that must be done, then in the sunnah prayer.”
There are some important things related to the hadith above that we need to know;
One; One cannot see another direction than the direction of qiblah when he is praying. That is a disgraceful act. If he does that, Satan will benefit. Satan uses it to turn people who are praying from their prayers.
Two; Some legal experts allow someone to see another direction than the direction of qiblah when he is praying. But it must be done with the neck. The point is that only the head and neck are turned in the direction other than the direction of the qiblah. Even then if there are important needs. If it is done with the chest, body parts from head to chest, more if it is done with all the body, then the prayer is broken.
Three; According to the Shafi’iyyah sect and the Hanafiyyah sect, if it is done with parts of the body, head to chest, then the prayer is broken. According to the Malikiyyah and Hanabilah sects, it does not damage the prayer if the person who is praying is still in the corridor facing the qiblah.
All readers! There are many things that must be considered to answer the question above. We have to look at the context first, whether we look at it with just our heads, heads and necks, or all bodies. There are differences of opinion among Islamic law experts about that. You can read it in the three points above. I will not give you a single explanation.
Thus, a brief explanation about not seeing Qiblah during prayer (salat). Do you understand? The problem is simple and the explanation is very clear. So, I hope you understand! If you have questions, please ask!
I think that is enough for this article. May be useful! Amen!
See you again in the next article!
The explanation above I found in, Hasan Sulaiman an-Nuri and ‘Alawi Abbas al-Maliki, Ibaanatu al-Ahkaam Syarhu Buluughi al-Maraam, Dar al-Fikr, Beirut, Vol. I, p.257-258.