During salah, for the rukuh, where should one`s eye face?
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1) During salah, for the rukuh, where should one`s eye face? The feet or the same place as while standing? (i.e. place of sajdah)
2) For congregational salah, should the worshippers stand foot to foot and shoulder to shoulder or should mere standing side by side suffice?
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Question: During salah, for the rukuh, where should one`s eye face? The feet or
the same place as while standing? (i.e. place of sajdah)
While one is in the state of ruku in ones prayer, one should fix their sight where it falls naturally: ie. just below the level of their eyes or towards ones own feet.
Question: For congregational salah, should the worshippers stand foot to foot
and shoulder to shoulder or should mere standing side by side suffice?
Anas relates: "The Prophet (saws) would turn his face to us before he began the salah and he (saws) would say: 'Be close together and straighten your rows.'"
Related by al-Bukhari and Muslim.
Anas reports that the Prophet (saws) would say: "Make your rows straight for the straightening of the rows is part of the completion of the salah."
Related by Bukhari and Muslim.
An-Nu'man ibn Bashir says: "The Prophet (saws) would straighten us in our rows as one straightens an arrow, until he saw that we had learned from him. One day, he saw a person with his chest sticking out and he said: 'You had better straighten your rows or Allah will cause differences among you."'
Related by Bukhari, Muslim and Tirmidhi.
Abu Umamah reports that the Prophet (saws) said: "Straighten your rows and put your shoulders close to each other, and be gentle with each other, and fill in the gaps for the Shaytaan passes through what is between you like small sheep [are able to pass through gaps]."
Related by Ahmad and at-Tabarani.
Jabir ibn Samrah says: "The Prophet (saws) came to us and said: 'Why don't you make the rows like the Angels make their rows in the presence of their Lord?' We asked: 'O Messenger of Allah (saws), how do the Angels make their rows in the presence of their Lord?' He (saws) replied: 'They complete the first row and stand closely together, side by side, in the row.'"
Related by Muslim.
In light of the above clear guidance of the Messenger of Allah (saws), when praying in congregation the believers should strive to stand side by side in an absolutely straight line, and not leave a gap whereby it may seem that they are not standing together nor should one stand so close that he stamps his brothers feet whereby the worshipper feels discomfort.
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