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What is the distance beyond which a person is not sinning if he passes in front of one who is praying?

How far in front of a person who is praying can you pass? Some people make out that it is a very great distance whilst others say it is just in front of their hands. What is the right answer?

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Arabic&quot;&quot;&gt;Praise <br>
be to Allaah. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/big&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br>
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&lt;font size=&quot;4&quot;&gt;The Muslim should try to use something as a sutrah (screen) <br>
in front of him when he is praying. This is a confirmed Sunnah. Some <br>
scholars are of the view that it is obligatory to have a sutrah when <br>
praying.&nbsp;&lt;/font&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br>
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&lt;font size=&quot;4&quot;&gt;There is a warning issued to the one who walks in front <br>
of a person who is praying. It was narrated in &lt;i&gt;al-Saheeh&lt;/i&gt; that <br>
Abu Juhaym said: The Messenger of Allaah <br>
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(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “If a person who passes <br>
in front of someone who is praying knew (the burden of sin) that he <br>
bears, he would rather stand for forty than pass in front of him.” Abu <br>
al-Nadr said, “I do not know whether he said forty days or months or <br>
years.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, &lt;i&gt;al-Salaah&lt;/i&gt;, 480; Muslim,
&lt;i&gt;al-Salaah&lt;/i&gt;, <br>
507).&nbsp;&lt;/font&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br>
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&lt;font size=&quot;4&quot;&gt;With regard to the distance beyond which a person may <br>
pass in front of one who is praying without a sutrah, there are a number <br>
of opinions among the scholars. It is sufficient for us to mention the <br>
stronger of these two opinions. Some of the scholars said that the distance <br>
depends on &lt;i&gt;‘urf&lt;/i&gt; (local custom)&nbsp;&lt;/font&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br>
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&lt;font size=&quot;4&quot;&gt;Shaykh Ibn Baaz said: When a person crosses an area which <br>
is not directly in front of the one who is praying and there is no sutrah, <br>
he is not sinning, because if he is far away from him according to what <br>
is regarded as far away in local custom, he is not regarded as one who <br>
passes in front of him; this is like one who passes beyond the
sutrah.&nbsp;&lt;/font&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br>
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&lt;font size=&quot;4&quot;&gt;Some of the scholars said that the distance in this case <br>
is either three cubits away from where the worshipper is standing, or <br>
the space that a sheep would need to pass in front of the worshipper <br>
when he prostrates. This is the distance prescribed for the sutrah to <br>
be in front of the worshipper, and this is the view of many
scholars.&nbsp;&lt;/font&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br>
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&lt;font size=&quot;4&quot;&gt;It was narrated that Sahl ibn Sa’d said: Between the <br>
place where the Messenger of Allaah <br>
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(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) prayed and the wall was <br>
a space that would allow a sheep to pass. (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, <br>
474; Muslim, 508).&nbsp;&lt;/font&gt;&lt;/p&gt;<br>
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&lt;font size=&quot;4&quot;&gt;It was narrated from Naafi’ that whenever ‘Abd-Allaah <br>
ibn ‘Umar entered the Ka’bah, he would walk towards the opposite wall, <br>
with the door behind him. So he would walk towards the wall until he <br>
was three cubits away from it, then he would pray in the place which <br>
Bilaal told him the Prophet <br>
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(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) had prayed. (narrated by <br>
al-Bukhaari, 484).&lt;/font&gt; <br>
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Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
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