One Who Joined The Prayer Late Is Praying Alone

Author: Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (رحمه الله)

Source: Kitaab ad-Da’wah 5, 2/92

Published: Thursday 13th August, 2015

Answer: Praise be to Allaah.

If the Imaam says the salaam and the person who joined the prayer late stands up to complete what he has missed, then in this case he is in fact praying alone, and he has to stop anyone who wants to walk in front of him, because the Prophet enjoined doing that.

The fact that some people do not stop others from passing in front of them may mean that they are unaware of this ruling, or it may be the matter of misunderstanding, as they think that because they have caught up with the jamaa’ah that they still come under the ruling of those who are behind the Imaam even after they have begun to pray alone without the Imaam.

But it is essential for the one who joined the prayer late to stop people from passing in front of him when he stands up to make up what he has missed.


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