Miscellaneous Fatwas No. 4191 (Praying and Eating with Ahl al
Question 1: What is the ruling with
regards to keeping the arms crossed (eg. folded on top of each other) during prayers with
Answer: It is permitted to participate
with the Sunni brothers in group prayer in order to uphold unity, and the prayer will be
correct and permissible. However, it is not permissible to pray with the arms
Question 2: What is the ruling with
regards to saying "ameen" aloud after the completion of Sura al-Hamd by the
prayer leader during group prayers with the Sunni brothers?
Answer: It is not permissible to say
Question 3: What is the ruling regarding
prostration (sajda) [while praying with the Sunni brothers] given that they prostrate
directly on the floor without placing something between their forehead and the
Answer: Prostration must be performed on
stone, earth (torba) or other similar items on which it is permissible.
Question 4: What is your recommendation in
the matter of eating meals prepared by the Sunni brothers which they consider pure
and allowable (hallal) given that they have a differing opinion with respect to
slaughter (dhabiha)? In particular, some consider the meat of the Jews and Christians
(Ahl al-Kitab) as pure (taher).
Answer: What is prepared by them is
necesserily to be accepted as pure and allowable unless its impurity (najasa) is
Question 5: What is the ruling regarding
praying with Sunni brothers who place their small toe on the foot of the neighboring
suppliant during the call to rise for prayer (qiyaam)? Is our prayer still valid
do that on our foot]?
Answer: It is not necessary to do so, but
in the case that it happens, it is not a problem as long as it does not harm the
righteousness of qiyaam.
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