The Point of Worship in Ramadan

Leading Group Prayer At Home

Question: When leading a large group prayer in a house, it is valid to have people praying upstairs or downstairs?


Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Dear questioner,

Thank you for your important question.

In the Shafi’i school, when praying in a house (not a mosque), those following the imam must be able to reach the imam without moving away from the qibla (izwirar). This means that if those who are praying upstairs or downstairs could only reach the imam by means of a staircase behind them, the prayer would not be valid (al Taqrirat al Sadida, Hasan al Kahf).

In the case of a sunna prayer, such as tarawih, there is no harm following another madhhab that allows it.

I pray this helps.

[Ustadh] Farid

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

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