Kids and Animals (Hadith No. 472)
Book 9: Virtues of the Prayer Hall (Sutra of the Musalla) starts today.
Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas:
Once I came riding a she-ass when I had just attained the age of puberty. Allah’s Apostle was offering the prayer at Mina with no wall in front of him and I passed in front of some of the row. There I dismounted and let my she-ass loose to graze and entered the row and nobody objected to me about it.
A few things:
- Imaam’s sutra* is enough for the whole congregation.
- If a kid/animal passes from in front of you during salah, your salah is still valid.
Exception: woman, donkey, black dog.It was reported from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn al-Saamit that Abu Dharr said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘If any one of you stands up to pray, then he has a sutrah [an item placed in front of a praying person as a “screen”] if he has something the height of the back of a saddle in front of him. If he does not have something the height of the back of a saddle in front of him, then his prayer is invalidated if a donkey or a woman or a black dog passes in front of him.’”
I [‘Abd-Allaah] asked, “O Abu Dharr, what is the difference between a black dog and a red or yellow dog?” He said, “O son of my brother, I asked the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) the same question, and he said, ‘The black dog is a shaytaan (devil).’” (Narrated by Muslim, 510).
- If an adult tries to cross your prayer space, you should not let them pass. Fight for it, if needed, for that is shaytaan trying to disturb your prayer.
Narrated Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri that the Prophet (SAW) said: “If any one of you is praying, he should not let anyone pass in front of him. Let him push him away as much as he can, and if he insists then let him fight him, for he is nothing but a shaytaan (devil)” [Bukhari: 487, Muslim: 505]