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f:480 -    What to do if there is only person in the row in Masjid
Country : Saudi Arabia,
Name : submittername
Question:     What should be the intention of the Imam while offering Salaat?  I live in Saudi Arabia.  Here, while joining the Salaat, if there is only 1 person in a row, that person pulls someone back from the preceding row.  Is this correct?
Answer:     For the Imam, it is not necessary to make the intention (Niyyah) of Imamate, i.e. of leading the Salaat, only the intention of Salaat is enough.  However, for receiving the reward and blessings, it is necessary to make the intention of Imamate.

About the rows of worshippers, the rule in the Shariah is that if a row is completed and in the next row, only 1 man is there, then as a single person in a row is Makruh (undesirable), this man should wait for someone until the Imam goes into Ruku.  If no one joins the Salaat until the Ruku, then this man should slightly pull someone who is honest and knows this rule, so that that person comes back of his own accord.  If no one like this found, then that person should stand alone in the row and join the Salaat.  As given in Durre Mukhtaar, Kitab Us Salaat, Babi Shurutis Salaat.

And Allah Most High knows best.

Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri,

[Shaykh ul Fiqh, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder/Director, Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]

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