Stretching one’s feet towards the direction of prayer

Answered according to Shafi'i Fiqh by

Answered by Shaykh Amjad Rasheed
Translated by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad

Is it unlawful or offensive to stretch one’s feet out towards the direction of prayer?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

The erudite scholar, Ibn Hajar first thought it possible that stretching one’s feet to the Ka`bah could be unlawful according to the Tuhfa (4/86), inferring this ruling from al-Zarkashi’s opinion that it is unlawful to stretch one’s feet out towards a copy of the Qur’an.

However, afterwards he deemed it stronger that the two are different”; i.e. that it is not unlawful to stretch them towards the Ka`bah, although before this, he had said that it was offensive to point towards the black stone with one’s foot. So it seems that this would be the case [offensiveness] for the whole Ka`bah, and Allah knows best.

[In summary, it is offensive but not unlawful to stretch one’s feet towards the Ka`ba as inferred from the words of Ibn Hajar in the Tuhfa as explained by Shaykh Amjad.]


السؤال : هل يحرم أو يكره مد الرِّجْل إلى الكعبة؟
الجواب : احتمل العلامةُ ابنُ حجر في “التحفة” (4/86) حرمةَ مدِّ الرِّجْل إلى الكعبة أخذاً من تصريح الزركشي بحرمة مد الرجل للمصحف، لكنه استوجه بعد ذلك الفرق بينهما؛ أي: عدم الحرمة في الكعبة، لكنه صرَّح قبل ذلك بكراهة الإشارة إلى الحجر بالرجل والظاهر عموم ذلك في جميع البيت، والله أعلم.

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