How Should I Pass in Front of Someone Praying?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Sufyan Qufi


What is a practical way to pass by someone performing salah who is in your way? Can you carry a large purse in your hand as a “mobile sutra (barrier)” between you and them as you move in front of them? Can you find something like a piece of furniture and push it in front of them before crossing? Are there any practical ways to mitigate this, as sometimes it is not absolutely necessary to cross their path but quite useful?


In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

Alhamdulillah, this question has already been answered at SeekersGuidance.

Please see:
When Is It Sinful to Walk in Front of Someone Who Is Praying?
Am I Sinful For Passing in Front of a Praying Person Even When I Have No Choice?

And Allah knows best.

[Ustadh] Sufyan Qufi
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Sufyan Qufi is an advanced seeker of knowledge, originally from Algeria, who grew up in France. He began searching far and wide for answers to the fundamental questions of life and was disappointed at the answers he found.

Then he connected with various traditional teachers and gradually connected with SeekersGuidance. He embarked on his journey of learning through the various teachers at SeekersGuidance, including his mentor Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

He studied numerous texts in Islamic Law, Theology, Hadith, and other areas with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and other teachers, including Shaykh Abdurrahman al-Sha’ar, Shaykh Ali Hani, and others.

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