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Why shouldn't we face our feet towards the qiblah?

Question

Is there any Hadith prohibiting one from stretching out feet towards Qiblah?

 

Answer

I haven’t seen any Hadith of this sort.

However,  keeping in mind the respect one ought to have for the qiblah (like avoiding relieving oneself in that direction too) the Fuqaha (Jurists) have ruled it makruh (repugnant) to face one’s feet in the direction of the qiblah.

This is in keeping with the understood norm; that one avoids facing his/her feet in the direction of objects of respect, like the Quran, books of Hadith and Islamic knowledge and other respectable items.

(Raddul Muhtar, vol.1 pg.655, also see: Al-Adabush Shar’iyyah, of Ibnul Muflih, vol.3 pg.277-278)

 

Stretching the feet in someone’s direction is a mark of disrespect

Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) once – while expressing his adab (respect) for his teacher; Imam Hammad- said:

‘I never stretched my feet in the direction of the house of [Imam] Hammad, and my house is seven blocks away from his house!’

(‘Uqudul Jumman; see Adabul ikhtilaf, pg.172)

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar