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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

Is it permissible to walk across in
front of someone who is praying


Praise be to Allah.
It is not permissible to walk across
in front of someone who is praying,
and it is a great sin, as the Prophet
(peace be upon him) said
(approximate translation of
meaning is):
"If the one crossing in front of a
praying person knew what sin is
upon him, it would be better for
him to wait forty than walk across."
Abu Al-Nadhr (one of the narrators
of the hadith) said: I don't know
whether he said forth days, months,
or years. (Bukhari)
Imam Al-Bukhari (R) has named the
chapter in which he brings the
hadith as follows: Chapter on the
sin of walking across in front of a
praying person.
When the praying person is the
leader in the prayer or praying
alone, and he has a sutrah( some
object like a peice of wood) in front
of him, then walking across in
between him and his sutrah is not
permitted. However, if he is praying
without a sutrah, it is not
permissible to walk across in
between him and his place of
prostration. For the followers (in a
jamaa'ah prayer), the leader's
sutrah is enough for them. Based
on this, it is permissible to walk
through in front of a row if need be.
And Allah knows best.


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