The Importance of Balancing the Saffs (Rows) for Salaat

The Importance of Balancing the Saffs (Rows) for Salaat

 

  1. 1. The Saff should be equal on both sides, e., there should be an equal number of Musallis on the right and left-hand sides of the Imaam. (Shaami 1/310)

Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wasallam has instructed us to: “Keep the Imaam in the middle (of the Saff) and fill any gaps (which are found in the Saff)”. (Baihaqi 5408)

 

  1. 2. When forming the Saffs, one should endeavour to stand on the right-hand side as long as the right-hand side is not longer than the left-hand sid Once the Saff is equal on both sides, it is preferable to stand on the right-hand side.

Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wasallam said: “Allah and His Angels bless those who are on the right-hand side of the rows”. (Abu Dawood 676)

 

  1. 3. If the left-hand side is shorter than the right-hand side, one should stand on the left-hand sid Similarly, if the right-hand side is shorter than the left-hand side, one should stand on the right-hand side.

Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wasallam was informed that the left side of the Musjid has been abandoned (i.e., most of the congregation are choosing to stand on the right-hand side of the Saff thereby leaving the left-hand side virtually empty). Nabi Sallallahu alayhi wasallam said: “Whoever fills the left side of the Musjid, two Kifl (an amount/ measure) of rewards will be recorded for him”. (Ibn Maajah 1007) In short, ensure that both sides of the Imaam are equally balanced.

 

Published by: Jamiatul Ulama Gauteng