Can I Pass in Front of Someone Who Is Praying Out of the Row?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch


What is the ruling of walking in front of someone who is praying while sticking out of the row?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate.

If one is praying in congregation, regardless of whether the follower is sticking out of the row, there is no sin in crossing in front of them. Only the Imam is considered with regards to the rules of passing in front of someone in prayer. [Tahawi/Shurunbulali, Hashiyat Maraqi al-Falah]

For more details on this issue, see: When Is It Sinful to Walk in Front of Someone Who Is Praying?

Hope this helps

Allah knows best

[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he then completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Qur’an and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic history, and a number of texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.