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1. What is the minimum requirement of a sutra (obstacle in front of the namazi) and where should it be placed?

2. Can namaz be offerd in front of a sofa/bed/chair?

3. What if some child comes and mistakenly sits on it while the person is praying behind the chair’s back or in front of the bed?



1. It should be approximately half a metre in length and it should be placed before the musallee, preferably not in the centre but slightly to the right or left.

2. Yes.

3. The namaaz is valid.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.