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Wife performing Ṣalāh next to husband

Question

During the current lockdown, my wife and I are performing congregational Ṣalāh at home. Due to the limited space in the room, it is difficult for her to be entirely behind me. If she stands to my right side 2-3 steps behind, is the Ṣalāh valid?

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم

Answer

The Ṣalāh is valid as long as her feet are behind your feet.

قال قاضي خان في فتاويه (١/٩٠) وأقره العيني في البناية (٢/٣٤٩) وابن نجيم في البحر (١/٣٧٦) وابن عابدين في رد المحتار (١/٥٧٢): وكذا المرأة إذا صلت مع زوجها في البيت إن كان قدماها بحذاء قدم الزوج لا تجوز صلاتهما بالجماعة، وإن كان قدماها خلف قدم الزوج إلا أنها طويلة تقع رأس المرأة في السجود قبل رأس الزوج جازت صلاتهما، لأن العبرة للقدم، انتهى۔

Allah knows best

Yusuf Shabbir

25 Shaʿbān 1441 / 19 April 2020

Approved by: Mufti Shabbir Ahmad and Mufti Muhammad Tahir

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