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Encouraging the musallees to do what is right

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Q: I lead the prayers in the Masjid. Many people stand with there children in the first saff. The children are under 9. When I tell them make the children stand at the back they do not listen. What is the Shar’iee hukm? Is it makruh for them to stand in first saff? Are they allowed to stand in second saff or they should stand in last row on the left side? Please give me reference from Hadith so I could explain to them and also if they do not listen how should I advise them?


A: Keep encouraging them to do what is right.

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

Checked & Approved:

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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