Q: In the Haram Sharif the gates of the masjid are closed early. Many people pray on the marble or in the street. At times there is a large space in between the saffs. Will the salah be valid if there is a large space in between the saffs on the marble or praying in the street? By praying on the marble outside the Haram sharif masjid or in the street, will a person get the 100 thousand reward because the gates of the masjid are closed early?
A: If you are referring to the namaaz with the imaam, then the namaaz is valid if there is a proper continuation of the saffs from the musjid till the point you are performing namaaz. If the saffs are not continuing to that point then your namaaz is not valid. Hence, in that case you will not be entitled to any thawaab.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)