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Sajdah sahw; feet to feet

Fatwaa ID: 386

Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatahu,

What is the proper way to do sajda e sahu? Often times when I have to do sajda e sahu, I forget to stop reciting at tasahud and when I suddenly remember to do tasahud while reciting durood, I do my sajde sahu. Is my namaz valid?

Secondly how do we deal with brothers from other madhahib who put their feet on top of others feet while in jamat?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

  1. According to the Hanafi legal school, one should recite the tashahhud only, make salaam to the right and thereafter perform two sajdahs. After the two sajdahs, the tashahhud will be recited till then end including the salawaat and the du’aa. Thereafter, the salaah will be terminated with salaam.
    If one forgets to stop at tashahhud and continues with the salawaat, then he should make the one salaam as soon as he remembers and perform the Sajdah Sahw. His salaah will be valid.
  2. I am sure no one puts their feet “on top of others feet” in salaah. Perhaps you are referring to them trying to connect the feet. This is not necessary. It is unfortunate that many tend to start playing footsie in salaah instead of focusing on the salaah itself. If it is not bothering you, then let it be. There is no harm in that. If you are bothered by it for whatever reason, then you may move your feet. However, it should not be such that you end up playing tag now. In most cases, it is not bothersome so do not let it disturb your attention in salaah.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

06/21/1444 AH – 01/14/2023 CE | AMG1-2304

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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Gap in row of salaah

Asalamulaikum, Many times I have come to notice that people in congregation don’t want to stand shoulder to shoulder and feet to feet, there is sometimes a 2 ft gap between each musalee. Is the congregation prayer valid with that many gaps? How can a person advise someone? A lot of time this sunnah is taken very lightly, is there a scholarly view in which this is allowed?



بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalaamu ‘Alaikum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuh.

Rasulullaah (S) has strongly advised and emphasized the importance of standing next to each other without any gaps. Any gap left between two congregants is for shaytaan. Likewise, the Ahaadith advise us that if we do not straighten the rows, which entails standing together, then Allaah Ta’aala will cause disunity and friction between our hearts. The harms of leaving gaps is not restricted to imperfection in salaah, but it has a negative effect on our social life as well. We then ask why we do not see unity.
When standing in salaah, one should stand as close as possible. However, it should be noted that it is not necessary to touch one’s feet with the next person’s feet. If a person is not comfortable doing that, then one should not start playing footsie in salaah with him. The Ahaadith mention necks, shoulders, knees and ankles as well touching. Some of these are difficult or even impossible. Haafiz Ibn Hajar (R) comments that the meaning and purpose of this is to emphasize the importance of straightening the rows and closing the gaps. One should join whatever is possible with ease. When doing so, one should ensure that his body, including his feet and toes, are towards the qiblah. Nevertheless, if a gap is left in the row, the salaah will still be valid, albeit deficient in rewards.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

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