Toes, and Jumping in Prayer

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Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Could you please confirm for me the following rulings?
1] I have heard that Sh. Ibn Abideen (r) has mentioned in his Hashiyya that keeping both feet on the ground in all the prayer is wajib whilst if one were to remove one foot it would Makruh-e-tanzihi (slightly disliked), and this is the strongest position, I mean could you check the hashiyya for us please, etc.?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

This opinion has not been correctly understood. It is disliked to lift a foot off the ground without reason in the prayer.

  In prostration, it is:

·        Obligatory (fard) to place any part of one toe of one foot on the ground, even if only for a moment

·        Necessary (wajib) to place any part of one toe of both feet on the ground, even if only for a moment

·        It would be disliked to lift one or both feet off the ground without reason, though doing so does not invalidate the prayer. Mufti Mahmoud Usmani and Shaykh Adib both stated that there is no basis for this belief, as the texts are clear on this point, and it just rises out of a misreading of the texts or pious ignorance.

·        A confirmed sunna to point one’s toes towards the qibla.

  Also having a part of one foot on the ground throughout the prayer is a Fard?

The only way this would not be true if you jumped. Jumping is excessive action, which invalidates prayer.

Faraz Rabbani

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