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Adjusting the namaaz postures on account of the microphone

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Q: I have noticed that in certain Masaajid, where a protruding mic is used as compared to the clip-on mic, the Imam swerves in a crescent like motion as he proceeds from Qiyaam into Ruku. Again, when he returns from ruku, this swerve, clear and deliberate, like a crescent motion , is repeated, again, when he proceeds into Sajda and when eventually returning to Qiyaam, in each and every Rakaat, whenever moving in or out of Qiyaam, this swerve motion is clear and deliberate and apparent. In Some Masaajid, the protruding mic which is positioned lower for the sajda also requires this additional deliberate swerve motion too so this is a new but clear and deliberate ‘additional swing motion’ to avoid hiting the mic, which has been specifically positioned directly in front of his mouth. Although his chest does not move from the direction of Qiblah at all, this does seem like a new, foreign and additional motion in Salaah. Please comment in general as well as specifically whether this affects the value and or validity of this Jamaat salaah, as it is a ‘new norm’ of Salaah adopted by the Imam out of necessity, to avoid hitting the mic as he moves from one position of Salaah to another.

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A: Generally, Ulama have allowed the use of the mike due to circumstance. Amplifying the voice and the use of the mike is not at all part of the Salaah; rather it is something totally separate from Salaah. Hence, the Namaaz, postures, and movements should not at all be adjusted on account of the mike. More than others, the imaam should be especially careful in this regard for the imaam assumes responsibility for the congregation, If he does something that is makrooh it will obviously impact on the quality of Salaah. The quality of the salaah of the congregation will likewise be affected. Hence, the Jamaat should look for other ways to amplify the sound without the imaam having to compromise the quality of the salaah in the least.

وَاسْتَعِينُوا بِالصَّبْرِ وَالصَّلَاةِ ۚ وَإِنَّهَا لَكَبِيرَةٌ إِلَّا عَلَى الْخَاشِعِينَ ﴿٤٥﴾ الَّذِينَ يَظُنُّونَ أَنَّهُم مُّلَاقُو رَبِّهِمْ وَأَنَّهُمْ إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ ﴿البقرة: ٤٥﴾

حَافِظُوا عَلَى الصَّلَوَاتِ وَالصَّلَاةِ الْوُسْطَىٰ وَقُومُوا لِلَّـهِ قَانِتِينَ ﴿البقرة: ٢٣٨﴾

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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.

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