Actions that Invalidate Salah (Prayer)
Name of Questioner: Pondexter Howard
Date: 12-2-2023 01:54:55 AM
My question is concerning the hadith where the Prophet said that we should not let anyone walk in front of us while we are praying to the point of fighting them to stop them. Was this abrogated when movement in salah was forbidden. And if so please give me the hadith so I can use it in our group discussions. Also any explanation that you may have for this situation. Jazakallah
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Dear brother, there is no contradiction between the both hadiths. You should know that your movement for preventing someone from passing in front of you while you are praying is permissible. There are some actions that invalidate one's prayer such as:
1- Performing something which breaks one of the conditions of Salah; like intentionally exposing the parts of the body that should be covered, turning the whole body away from the Qiblah, intending to stop the prayer when one is in the middle of it, or the occurrence of that which breaks ones state of ritual purity.
2- Intentionally intending to leave an integral or obligatory aspect of Salah.
3- Moving a lot if the movements are not part of those of the Salah, and there is no need for them; like unnecessary walking.
4- Laughing out loud.
5- Intentionally speaking.
6- Intentionally eating or drinking.
And Allah Knows best.