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Salafi Foot Jamming – updated

UPDATE 4: Mufti Abdurrahman ibn Yusuf analyses the evidence – http://www.zamzamacademy.com/2010/09/feet-to-feet-toe-to-toe/

UPDATE 3: Shaykh Hamza Yusuf explaining the “feet to feet” – the narrator for the hadith was an 8 year old boy as elucidated by Ibn Hajr al-Asqalani. See http://youtu.be/Q8AdSuKKrwY

UPDATE 2: al-Talib’s blog has an excerpt from the 3rd edition of Fiqh al-Imam [published by White Thread Press] by Mufti AbdurRahman ibn Yusuf “Feet to Feet, Toe to Toe?” which discusses the hadith that the Salafis rely on to push their position.

Hanafis are often criticized for not touching toes in congregational prayer (by Salafis), who point to the hadith (I don’t know it off-hand). I understand that it’s not the hadith that is being questioned, but the interpretation.

This is specifically a problem for women, as we have to keep our feet close together, according to our madhab. Please send me details as I am trying to put this across to a salafi sister.”


UPDATE: The blog Dar al-Hadithhas a useful scan of evidences, for those who can understand Arabic. against joining the feet that a lot of Salafis insist on.


I was digging through some of my old emails and knew that I had an old post from the Hanbali Fiqh list when it was active. Anyway, this is something on the subject posted by Sidi Musa Furber:

Bismillahi Al-Rahmani Al-Rahim”Foot-pressing stance” During Prayer
As salaamu alaykum,

Does the foot-pressing stance adopted by our Salafi brethren have sanction in the madhhab of Imam Ahmad?


wa `alaykum al-salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu

I have not been able to find anything that explicitly says that people should pray with their feet and shoulders jammed together. The closest that I have found is that rows should be straightened using the ankles and shoulders as a guide to determining straightness, and that that rows should be tightened to remove any gaps. (See Kashshaf al-qina` (1:328), Ghayat al-muntaha (1:120))

And what is explicit regarding the feet is that they should be slightly parted. (See Kashshaf al-qina` (1:372), Nail al-Ma’arib (1:142))

Brothers and sisters who insist on jamming their foot up to their neighbors should realize that if their neighbor keeps moving their foot and they keep moving their foot to get rid of the gap, they run the risk of invalidating their prayer because of excessive needless motion. They should also bear in mind that while it is recommended to gather together the rows, it is prohibited to injure another Muslim without right (and this does happen) and it is offensive to annoy.

And Allah knows best.

wa al-salamu `alaykum



Book Review: Prayers of Occasions: A Handbook of Muslim Salah

Prayers of Occasions: A Handbook of Muslim Salah

Cover of Prayers of Occasions by Talal Al-Azem

I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of the new book Prayers of Occasions which is compiled and translated by Oxford based Dr. Talal al-Azem (Phd.) who has also studied Islamic Jurisprudence in Damascus with an number of prominent scholars. Ordinarily, I don’t review books as it is not something that I find easy to do, however, I felt compelled to write a short “review” for Prayers of Occasions as it is a wonderful little book that I think everyone should have.

Upon receiving the book through the post, I was immediately struck by its simple elegance and beauty. I am a stickler when it comes to books and their physical production, I find that a good book and the reading experience is exponentially enhanced by the production quality such as its typesetting, printing, binding, paper and other aesthetic and functional embellishments. A quick flick through the book did not leave me disappointed, it really is a thing of beauty, a joy to behold and a pleasure to read.

In his forward, Sheikh Nuh Keller tells us that “occasions” have been sent to remind us of the greatest realities of our existence and ultimately it is our journey to our Lord, whoever turns to his Lord upon such occasions will find un-looked for help, openings and one success after another and so the book sets out for the reader the means by which this is possible.

The book, lists various “prayers” which are additional [to the mandatory five daily ones] prayers of devotional worship (salah) offered at various times and on various occasions (hence the title of the book) and for specific purposes, as opposed to supplications (duas). The book wonderfully brings together in one concise handbook such prayers and makes them very accessible to ordinary Muslims seeking to enhance their devotions and their attachment to their Creator. In these modern times, it is difficult enough to offer and stumble through the 5 mandatory daily prayers and many of us get by on the bare minimum when what we should be doing is taking a time-out and topping up our account with our Creator with additional voluntary acts of worship. This book identifies such prayers and details them succinctly, offering brief but meaningful explanations as to why and what the prayers are for. Where needed, the book lists the Arabic text, standard transliteration and translation of the prayer and in the marginalia offers more serious students references to other works for more detail. Whilst the book is largely based on the Hanafi school of jurisprudence, the prayers contained therein are found in all the other schools thereby making this handbook indispensable and a must for every Muslim. Prayers of Occasions should be read, studied and acted upon, insha’Allah.

The last prayer the book lists is “A Prayer to Stave off Hypocrisy” which is an apt reminder upon completing the book to have one’s intention clear as to why such additional acts of voluntary devotions are offered.

The book is hard back 96 pages long, published by Oxford Traditional Knowledge Foundation, the book is in a small handbook size which is not quite pocket sized but small enough to carry around in one’s bag and so can be studied “on the go”.

Price: £12.00

Prayers of Occasions: A Handbook of Muslim Salah

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Mihrabi Handmade Prayer Rugs
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