Praying immediately to the right or left of the imaam when crowded

Reference: Majmoo’ Fataawa wa Rasaa.il Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen – Volume 13, Fatwa No.418

Question: If the congregation became crowded in the masjid, then is it permissible for some of them to pray [immediately] to the right of the imaam and his left. And is the one who prays [immediately] to the right of the imaam regarded as having attained the reward for praying in the first row?

Response: If the congregation became crowded in the masjid, then there is no harm in praying [immediately] to the right of the imaam or to his left, or to the right of him only, and those who do so are not regarded as [being in] the first row, because the first row is the first row behind the imaam.

Abu 'Abdullaah

About Abu 'Abdullaah

– from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee’ah in 2004.