Preventing a small child from passing infront of the worshipper

Reference: al-Muntaqaa min Fataawa Shaykh Saalih al-Fowzaan – Volume 5, Page 32, Fatwa No.40

Question: What is the ruling regarding a small child under the age of 2 years passing infront of the one praying; is it imperative that he is prevented and not allowed to do so?

Response: Yes, it is not permissible to leave a young child to pass infront of the one praying, and the child is not [accountable for the] sin because he has not [reached the age where he is] responsible. However, whoever is beside the one praying is sinful if he is able to prevent him from doing so because the Prophet ﷺ ordered that the passerby be prevented from passing infront of the one praying [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree (1/129) the hadeeth of Abul-Jahm (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhu)].

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. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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