بســـم اللــه الرحــمــن الـرحـــيــم
▪️How to arrange the rows if there are intersecting pillars▪️
Our Shaykh, Muhammad ibn Hizaam -may Allaah preserve him- was asked the following question:
We have a large masjid, but there is a pillar which cuts through the second row, bearing in mind that half of the masjid remains empty (what is your advise)?
In that case, you have to arrange the rows away from this intersecting pillar, by advancing or delaying the adjacent rows accordingly, so the rows remain connected.
The Prophet ﷺ said:
((وَمَنْ وَصَلَ صَفًّا وَصَلَهُ اللهُ وَمَنْ قَطَعَ صَفًّا قَطَعَهُ اللهُ))
‘Whoever completes a row, Allah will be generous to him, and whoever cuts a row, Allah will cut him off.’
[Reported by Abu Dawood from the Hadeeth Ibn ‘Umar]
The only time one should pray between the pillars is when there’s a need. But if there’s no need, it’s extremely disliked, and it may even reach the level of being Haraam.
Abu Ishaq Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Ba Alawi
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