How to arrange the rows if there are intersecting pillars

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:

📩 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)?

📝 Answer:

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.

Translated by:
Abu Ishaq Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Ba Alawi

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