Obligation Of Making The Rows Straight

Author: Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (رحمه الله)

Source: Kitaab ad-Da’wah 5, 2/91

Published: Thursday 13th August, 2015

Question: I see some worshippers standing back a little bit from the row. What is the ruling on that?

Answer: Praise be to Allaah.

The Sunnah is to make the rows straight, and indeed some scholars have said that making the row straight is obligatory, because when the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) saw a man sticking out his chest he said,

“Make your rows straight or Allaah will alter your faces.” [Bukhaaree, al-Adhaan, 717]

This is a threat and there is no threat except in the case of an action that is haraam or a failure to do something that is obligatory. The view that it is obligatory to make the rows straight is a strong opinion and Bukhaaree (رحمه الله) devoted a chapter to this topic entitled: “Chapter on the sin of one who does not complete the row.” [Bukhaaree, al-Adhaan, chapter 75. al-Fath, 2/245]


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