Walking When Someone Is Praying ~ Hi all readers! In this article I will explain the status of walking in prayer; can it damage prayer? Besides that, I will also explain what should be done by someone who is late in coming to the mosque to pray for the congregation. In Islamic teachings, there are interesting discussions about these two things.
As usual! Before I explain about walking when someone is praying, I will quote one hadith that is specifically related to our discussion. Pay attention!
Hadith About Walking When Someone Is Praying
The hadith about walking when someone is praying is as follows:
عَنْ أَبِيْ بَكْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ أَنَّهُ اِنْتَهَى إِلَى النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وَهُوَ رَاكِعٌ فَرَكَعَ قَبْلَ أَنْ يُصَلِّيَ إِلَى الصَّفِّ . فَقَالَ لَهُ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ؛ زَادَكَ اللهُ حِرْصًا وَلَا تُعَدِّ . رَوَاهُ الْبُخَارِيُّ
From Abu Bakrah radliyallaahu ‘anhu, that he once went to the mosque when the Prophet (Muhammad) sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam was bowing. Then he (Abu Bakrah) bow before he gets to the line of prayer (shaf). The Prophet (Muhammad) sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam then said to him, “May Allah increase sincerity to seek good for you and do not repeat it (do bow before reaching the line of prayer.” The hadith is narrated by al-Bukhari.
There are some important things related to the hadith above that we need to know;
One; Walking in prayer for good does not damage it. That is, if we are praying, then we see in front there are lines (shaf) that are empty, then we may step forward. It doesn’t matter and can’t damage prayer.
Two; There is a difference of opinion among Islamic law experts about walking in prayer. The Shafi’iyah sect said, that if someone walks one or two steps in a row, it does not matter, but if he walks three steps, four steps, and so on, in a sequence, it cannot be done because it can damage the prayer. But if he walked one step at a time, then it didn’t matter, it didn’t damage the prayer, even though he did it up to a hundred steps. Some people from the Hanafiyah sect say that what can be done is only one step. If it exceeds one step, the prayer is broken. But a number of other people from the Hanafiyah sect said that it could only be done along the place of prostration. The Malikiyah sect said, that if he did that to fill the empty line, he could do it only two and three lines. But if he does it with other purposes, such as to avoid people walking, avoiding dirt, etc., then it is returned to the habits that exist in that place; if the habit in that place says that it is a slight movement, then it doesn’t matter, but if the habit of saying that is a lot of movement, then it breaks the prayer.
Three; The hadith above explains, that if someone comes to the mosque too late, if he sees the imam being bowing (rukuk), then he must be in the line of prayer (shaf) before he bows.
That is a brief explanation of walking when someone is praying. 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. 26-27.