Disconnected rows in the congregational prayer

Reference: http://www.alfawzan.af.org.sa/node/15840

Question: I am an imaam in one of the masaajid, and am asking about the ruling regarding the prayer [performed] in rows which are disconnected?

Response: It is not permissible to disconnect the rows; it is imperative to connect the rows, and fill the gaps and complete [the rows], just as the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) commanded [us] to do.

The Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would be concerned about [connecting and straightening] the rows before leading the congregation in prayer; [so] he would be concerned about the rows, establishing them, and encouraging [the congregation] in straightening them and filling [all] the gaps; the matter of [taking care in properly establishing] the rows, [making sure they are connected and straight] is very important.

- 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.

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