Straightening the Rows in Prayer
Nowadays, I see a lot of people when the imam (leader of prayer) says straighten your rows, people get no attention and the rows of prayer are dealt with extreme carelessness. Others leave gaps between their feet in the prayer when people try to come close to them. Is that permissible? Would that affect our congregational prayer? How important is it?
It is obligatory for the Muslims to straighten their rows and to close the gaps between them. That is done by standing shoulder-to-shoulder and foot-to-foot.
Imam Al-Bukhari (may Allah have mercy on him) classified a whole chapter in his authenticated collection entitled ‘Straighten the lines is one of the means of perfecting the Prayer’. For example, there is a hadith narrated by Abu Hurairah in which the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “And straighten the rows for the prayer, as the straightening of the rows is amongst those things which make your prayer a correct and perfect one.” (Al-Bukhari)
An-Nu`man ibn Bashir said, “I saw that every person stood in prayer keeping his shoulder close to that of the other, and his knee close to that of the other, and his ankle close to that of the other.” (Abu Dawud)
Ibn `Umar (may Allah be pleased with them) narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Arrange the rows in order, stand shoulder to shoulder, close the gaps, be accommodating to your brothers, and do not leave gaps for Satan. Whoever joins up a row, he will be joined to Allah (i.e., to the Mercy of Allah); and whoever cuts off a row, he will be cut off from Allah (i.e., from His Mercy).” (Abu Dawud)
Do not Miss watching this interesting fatwa with Dr. Muhammad Salah to know more about the significance of straightening the rows during prayer.
Source: Iqra Youtube Channel.