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What About Praying Shoulder to Shoulder ?

Is it correct that the Prophet ﷺ ordered people to place their feet beside each other in the rows while praying or that neither the Tabi'een nor the Sahabah did this, they only prayed shoulder to shoulder, and they closed to gaps.


You are correct that the Prophetic injunction mentions only the shoulders. There is also a report that the Companions in the time of the Prophet ﷺ used to line up their feet in the row. This is the report the "Salafis" use to claim that feet should touch.

The best discussion I have seen on this topic is the booklet "Fiqh al-Imaam" written in English by a Hanafi student and published in England.

GF Haddad©





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