Refraining from unnecessary movements in Salaah

Q: When in prayer what kind of movements are allowed? For example if a person sneezes or if he feels like he might, should he cover his nose beforehand? Also, if a person leaves his saff and therefore creates an empty spot in a row, should another musalli move and cover his spot while he is praying to ‘fill the gap’ as mentioned in the hadith of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)?



  1. Yes
  2. Yes

A person in the condition of Salaah should remain calm. He should not unnecessarily make any movement. 

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

فروع مشى مستقبل القبلة هل تفسد إن قدر صف ثم وقف قدر ركن ثم مشى ووقف كذلك وهكذا لا تفسد وإن كثر ما لم يختلف المكان وقيل لا تفسد حالة العذر ما لم يستدبر القبلة استحسانا ذكره القهستاني (الدر المختار 1/ 627)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)