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Raising the feet off the ground in sajdah

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Assalamu’alaikum mufti sahib, if a person’s foot raises off the floor during salah as he moves back to make space to do the sajdah does the prayer become nullified. In the same way if the thighs touch the stomach during sajdah due to a lack of space, does the prayer also become nullified?
Jazaakallah Khair

In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.


It is necessary that both feet are on the ground for the sajdah to be valid. During the whole duration of sajdah at least one toe must be on the ground. If one lifted both his feet of the ground and then put it back on the ground straight away his sajdah would still not be valid. (Fatawa Darul Uloom Deoband p.35 v.4)

Finally, your salah would not be nullified if the thighs touch the stomach in sajdah due to lack of space.

Only Allah Knows Best

Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

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