Q: On page 194 beheshti zewar English, #4, it says, the spot on which sajdah will be made should not be more than half a metre higher than feet. However page 165 #7 mentions the same maslah but says one span is the distance. Is the correct distance one span or half a metre?
A: Looking at the urdu version of Behishti Zewar, we understand that there is no contradiction between both maslahs as the first maslah refers to a Shar’ee span which is equal to half of a Shar’ee metre (zira’) and the second maslah also refers to half of a Shar’ee metre. Half of a Shar’ee metre is 22.86cm.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)