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The Permissible Distance When Passing by Someone Who is Praying (Sutrah Ruling) by Shaykh Uthaymeen

December 25, 2011

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Question: What is the (permissible) distance in front of the one praying that someone is allowed to pass by?

Answer: The distance at which it is allowed to pass by in front of the one performing his prayer, so long as he has a sutrah, is that area beyond the sutrah of the one praying. And if he did not have a sutrah, and was praying on a prayer mat, then the (entire) area of the prayer mat is not permissible for anyone to pass by. And if he did not have a prayer mat, then it is prohibited for anyone to pass by the area between his feet and his prostration area/spot.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen
Fataawa Noor ‘alad-Darb – Volume 1, Page 163

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8 Comments
  1. Jazaak Allaahu Khairan akhee

  2. mashaAllah that’s beneficial to know. jazakAllahu khair.

    • Yeah akh, when I went to perform Hajj back in 2009, I was always confused to pass the people in the Haram (Makki and Madani). I wish I knew about this fatwa back then, قدر الله و ما شاء فعل .
      May Allah have mercy upon our beloved sholars, ameen.

      BarakAllahu feek,
      Abu Musa

  3. May Allah bless you, jazaak Allaahu khayran.

  4. Athaabakum`Allah. Baarak`Allahu feekum.

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