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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

What should one do if one is
distracted during the prayer by
something happening in ones
environment, such as someone
knocking on the door, or a child in
danger, e.g. playing with an
electrical outlet, etc., perhaps
requiring him to move?


If a person praying needs to do
something relatively minor during
prayer, like opening a door and the
like, it is OK as long as his direction
does not change from the qibla
(direction of prayer). The evidence
for this is what Abu Dawood
narrated that Aa'isha (may Allah be
pleased with her), said, "The
Messenger of Allah (peace be upon
him), used to pray with the door
closed, so I arrived and asked him
to open it, so he came and opened it
and returned to his prayer" (the
narrator mentioned that the door
was in the direction of the qibla). 1
The same is true if a mother
needed, while praying, to save her
child from danger or harm and the
likesmall movement to the right or
left, or forward or backward, does
not harm the prayer. Similarly if the
ridaa (upper body cover) falls off,
the praying person can pick it up
and if the izar (lower body cover)
became loose, then he can tighten
it up. The sharia (laws of Islam)
have allowed for the praying person
in some cases excessive movement
even if he were to change direction
from qibla, as evident in the hadith
of Abu Huraira, (may Allah be
pleased with him), where he said:
"The Messenger of Allah (peace be
upon him), said: Kill the two black
things while in prayer: the snake
and scorpion. "2
Also, preventing a person from
passing in the place of prostration
by pushing (or even fighting him if
he insists) is prescribed, as related
in Bukhari from hadith Abi Saleh Al-
Samman, who said: "I saw Aba
Saeed Al-Khudri on Friday praying
with something in front of him to
protect him from [passing] people,
and a young man from Bani Abi
Muaet wanted to pass in front of
him in the place of prostration. So
Abu Saeed pushed the mans chest,
so the man looked [around] and did
not find any place from which to
walk except in front of him, so he
tried to pass in front of him again.
Abu Saeed pushed him harsher than
the first time, so he cursed Abu
Saeed. Then the young man went to
Marwan and complained about Abu
Saeeds action and Abu Saeed
entered after him at Marwans place
so Marwan said: What is the matter
with you, doing that to your
brothers son oh Abu Saeed.? He
said: I heard the Prophet (peace be
upon him) saying: "If one of you
prays with something in front of
him protecting him from [passing]
people, and someone wants to pass
in front of him, then he should push
him, and if he refuses to [turn
back], then fight him, for he is a
shaitan (satan)." 3
From the book What Should You Do
in the Following Situations... ?
1 Sunan Abu Dawood, number 922,
and Sahih Sunan Abu Dawood 815.
2 Sunan Abu Dawood, number 921,
and Sahih Sunan Abu Dawood 814.
3 Narrated al-Bukhari Fath 1/582.


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