The Law of Saving Ourself When We Pray (Salat)

The Law of Saving Ourself When We Pray (Salat) ~ Hi all readers! In this article, I will explain the law of saving ourselves when we are praying. For example, when we are praying, suddenly someone wants to hit us or even kill us. If we experience such conditions, what should we do and what is the law?

As always, before I answer the question above, I will quote a hadith that is specifically related to our discussion. Pay attention!

Hadith About Saving Ourself When We Pray (Salat)

The hadith about saving ourself when we pray (salat) that I mean is as follows:

عَنْ أَبِيْ هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ؛ اُقْتُلُوْا الْأَسْوَدَيْنِ فِيْ الصَّلَاةِ ؛ الْحَيَّةَ وَالْعَقْرَبَ . أَخْرَجَهُ الْأَرْبَعَةُ

From Abu Hurairah radliyallaahu anhu, he said, “Allah’s Messenger sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam said, “You must kill two black animals when you are praying (salat); snake and scorpion.” The hadith is narrated by four people (Abu Daud, at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa’i, Ibn Majah).

All readers! If we cheat on the hadith above, then of course we already know, that we are required to save ourselves from the dangers that threaten our safety even though we are praying. We can do that by looking at the threats that exist. If the threat comes from humans or animals that we can reject with a few movements, whether it’s a lot or a little, then we have to do that. But if the threat is in the form of a mass murder, such as a mosque bombing, then we must leave the mosque to save ourselves.

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

One; The above hadith explains, that we must maintain our safety from danger even though we are praying.

Two; We are allowed to do many movements that are not prayer movements if conditions require us to do that.

Three; We are allowed to kill snakes and scorpions even though we are praying, whether we do it with one punch or even more than one hit.

Four; There are differences of opinion among experts on Islamic law about killing snakes and even when we are praying. The Hanafiyyah sect says that we can do it. The Malikiyyah sect says that it is makruk (we do it but we better not do it) if the two animals do not intend to harm us, but if both of them intend to harm us, then we may kill both of them without any law. The opinion of the Hanabilah sect is understandable, that there is no difference between killing two animals with a lot of movement or slight movements. The Shafi’iyyah sect argues, if killing two animals requires a lot of movement, then it can damage the prayer, but if it doesn’t require a lot of movement, then it can’t damage the prayer (salat).

That is a brief explanation of saving ourself when we pray (salat). 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!


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.242.


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