Moving in salaah to fill the gaps in the saff

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by


1. How many saffs (rows) can we cross while in the state of namaaz in order to fill the front saffs (rows)?

2. How much can we move horizontally in the same saff (row) in order to fill the gap?


A: In the state of namaaz if one moves more than three steps at once then the namaaz will break.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, 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.

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