Standing in the saff alone

Q: My question is about a random salafi brother that came up to me after Salah and he is like you should not have stood alone at the back your Salah is not accepted. I believe its Makrooh to stand alone in a Saaf. There was no space and later someone joined as well. I just wanted dalil for my self not for anyone else. I got very irritated because I could see he was just bringing up issue after issue. Allhumdulilah I read your fatwas everyday, he went on after that talking about where we place our hands and he was like Walahi the hadith is daaif about Ali Radhiallahu anho. I was so shocked he was taking Qasam on everything. I have read proofs from your website about the hands. My main concern is my intention. I am going to be starting Alim course soon. Could you explain the type of intention I should have when studying and coming across people like this. I know everything is for the sake of Allah. But I felt very angry towards this person more then anything and I had this feeling which was from shaitaab to prove him wrong.



  1. There is a hadeeth in Abu Dawood Shareef where the person that stood behind was asked not to repeat the salaah.
  2. After recognising the favours of Allah Ta`ala, to endeavour to have a sound understanding of how to appreciate His gifts which would amount to the do’s and don’ts, commands and prohibitions, without which one will obviously not understand how to show appreciation and thanks to the Most Bountiful.

​​And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)