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A knock on the door when one is praying, or a mother seeing her child do something dangerous. What he/she should do?

If someone knocks on the door whilst one is praying, or a mother who is praying sees
her child playing with an electrical outlet or doing something similarly dangerous,
what should be done?

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If a person who is praying needs to do something relatively minor, such as opening a
door, there is nothing wrong with doing so, so long as he continues to face the qiblah.

 

The evidence for this is the hadeeth narrated by Abu Dawood from ‗Aa‘ishah (may
Allaah be pleased with her) who said: ―

The Messenger of Allaah SAWS (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to pray with the door closed. I came and asked
him to open it, so he came and opened it for me, then went back to his prayer.‖ The
narrator mentioned that the door was in the direction of the qiblah. (Sunan Abi
Dawood, no. 922; Saheeh Sunan Abi Dawood, 815).

The same applies if a mother is praying and needs to move her child away from
something dangerous or harmful, and so on. A simple movement to the right or left,
or forwards or backwards, will not affect her prayer.

 

Similarly, if one‘s ridaa‘ (upper
garment) falls off, the one who is praying can pick it up, and if the izaar (lower
garment) becomes loose, he can tighten it.

 

In certain cases, sharee‘ah allows
excessive movements during prayer, even if this means moving away from facing the
qiblah, as is reported in the hadeeth narrated by Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be
pleased with him): ―The Messenger of Allaah SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be
upon him) said: ‗Kill the two black things while in prayer: the snake and the
scorpion.‘‖ (Sunan Abi Dawood, no. 92; Saheeh Sunan Abi Dawood, 814).

 

 

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