DISTANCE EQUAL TO FOUR FINGERS OF A HAND BETWEEN FEET DURING QIYAAM.

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DISTANCE EQUAL TO FOUR FINGERS OF A HAND BETWEEN FEET DURING QIYAAM.

 

QUESTION:

What is the reality of keeping the distance between two feet during Qiyaam equal to four fingers of a hand?

ANSWER:

Keeping the distance equal to four fingers of a hand during Qiyaam is a Biddah, there is no place for it in Shareeáh. Our Prophet (Peace Be Upon him) stressed on straightening the rows for prayers.

Anas Bin Malik (May Allah Be Pleased With Him) says:

 

وعنه قال‏:‏ أقيمت الصلاة، فأقبل علينا رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم بوجهه فقال‏:‏ ‏”‏أقيموا صفوفكم وتراصوا

 

When the Iqamah had been announced, the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) turned his face towards us and said: “Make your rows straight and stand close together.

[SAHEEH BUKHARI: 719]

 

The Sahaba May Allah Be Pleased With Them All acted upon and understood this commandment of the Prophet (Pecae Be Upon Him) in this manner:

Anas Bin Malik (May Allah Be Pleased With Him) says:

وَكَانَ أَحَدُنَا يُلْزِقُ مَنْكِبَهُ بِمَنْكِبِ صَاحِبِهِ وَقَدَمَهُ بِقَدَمِهِ‏.‏

(Upon hearing this commandment)”Everyone of us used to put his shoulder with the shoulder of his companion and his foot with the foot of his companion.”

[SAHEEH BUKHARI: 725]

 

Now acting upon this commandment of the Prophet Peace Be Upon Him is only possible when the praying person in the row opens his feet equal to the width of his shoulders, but if a praying person the row keep a distance of four fingers between his feet then it impossible for him to join feet with his brother in the row. Alas, they say that acting on this Sunnah of the Prophet Peace be upon Him is practicably impossible and they say keeping the distance of four fingers between feet is regarded as Sunnah.

 

It is written in the esteemed books of Hanafi Madhab that:

ويسن تفريج القدمين في القيام قدر أربع أصابع

“ Keeping the distance of four fingers between feet during Qiyaam is a Sunnah”.

[MARAQEE’ AL’FALAH MA’ HASHIAH’ TAHAWEE, PAGE 262]
[RAD UL MUKHTAAR ALA DUR UL MUKHTAAR: 444/1]
[FATAWAA’ HINDIYA AL’MAAROOF BA’ FATAWAA’ ALAMGIRI: 73/1]

[NOOR UL EEZAAH.PAGE:56]

[TABAYAN UL HAQAIQ SHARH KANZ UL DAQAIQ: 114/1]

[IMADAD UL AHKAAM:466/1. DAAR UL ULOOM KARATASHEE PUBLISHERS].

CONCLUSION:

Saying that men and women should keep a distance of four fingers of a hand between their feet is baseless. This Fatawa goes against Saheeh Ahadith and the action of Sahaba and the Fehm of Salaf.

AND ALLAH KNOWS BEST.

TRANSLATED FROM SHEIKH GHULAM MUSTAFA ZAHEER’S AS-SUNNAH 55-60

Posted on August 3, 2014, in SALAH (PRAYER). Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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