Topic: Ruling on the distance within the rows in the mosque due to a compulsion   (No-103863)

Q Respected Mufti, We live in New Zealand, due to coronavirus, the government has sent a notice to mosques that asks to stand with maintaining distance in the row, this means that where ten men can stand together in a row, there should now be only four men standing, What is the ruling for us in this case, because there is security outside the mosque and there is also surveillance from the camera?

aIt should be noted that it is Sunnah Muakkadah to keep the rows straight in prayer and to avoid keeping any distance, so in normal circumstances where there is no compulsion to do otherwise, it is makrooh to intentionally leave gaps in the rows.
The same ruling applies in present circumstances, it is not advisable to leave gaps in the row merely because of the illusion of the disease, but if there is an actual outbreak situation at a given place, then in such case the specfic situation should be communicated to religious scholars to obtain the ruling based on that particular situation.
However, if there is a compulsion and it is not possible to practice this Sunnah (as mentioned in the question), then prayer will be acceptable in the mosque, and because doing so is due to a compulsion therefore there won't be even the sin of doing makrooh act.

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References

اعلاء السنن: (کتاب الصلاۃ، 315/4، ط: کراتشی)
"قلت: والظاہر من کلام أصحابنا أنہا سنۃ مؤکدۃ لإطلاقہم الکراہۃ علی ضدہا".

عمدۃ القاری: (254/5، ط: بیروت)
"الأمر بتسویۃ الصفوف وہی سنۃ الصلوۃ عند أبي حنیفۃ،ؒ والشافعيؒ، ومالکؒ".

أوجز المسالک: (العمل في غسل الجمعۃ، 341/1، ط: قدیم)
"إن تعدیل الصفوف من سنۃ الصلوۃ ولیس بشرط في صحتہا عند الأئمۃ الثلاثۃ الخ".

الدر المختار مع رد المحتار: (کتاب الصلاة، باب الإمامة)
"کرہ کقیامہ في صف خلف صف فیہ فرجة، قلت: وبالکراہة أیضا صرّح الشافعیة ․․․․․ ولو وجد فرجة في الأوّل لا الثاني لہ خرق الثاني لتقصیرہم".
وقال ابن عابدین:
"أن الکلام فیما إذا شرعوا، وفي القنیة: قام في آخر صف وبین الصّفوف مواضع خالیہ فللدّاخل أن یمرّ بین یدیہ لیصل الصّفوف".

Allah knows best
Darulifta Alikhlas,karachi

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