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Raising the feet off the ground in sajdah

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Mufti Muhammad Yahya Sahib the mufti of Madrasah Mazahirul Uloom had enquired, “Mufti Nizamuddeen Sahib the mufti of Darul Uloom Deoband has written that if one places his feet on the ground for the duration of three tasbeehs and then raises them off the ground for any duration, his salah will be valid. On the hand, Mufti Saeed Ahmad Palanpuri has written in his footnotes of Imdad-ul-Fatawaa that if the feet are raised off the ground for more than the duration of three tasbeehs the salah will be nullified. Which of the two views are correct?”

Hadhrat replied that I differ with Mufti Nizamuddeen Sahib in this mas`ala as well. I am also of the view that if the feet are raised off the ground for more than the duration of three tasbeehs the salah will be nullified.

Mufti Yahya Sahib then asked for proof.

Hadhrat replied that there is no explicit quotation. It is based on masaail that are similar to it in nature. For example, if there is impurity near a person performing salah and it gets on to the musalli for more than the duration of three tasbeehs, his salah will be nullified. If one makes a serious mistake after reciting three aayaat (verses) his salah will be nullified. Reciting three aayaat does not secure the salah from being nullified through a serious mistake. Similarly, if any limb of a woman is exposed in any posture for more than the duration of three tasbeehs her salah will be nullified. There is no mas`ala that says that if the limbs have already been covered for more than the duration of three tasbeehs it may be exposed thereafter. All these masaail support our view but Mufti Nizamuddeen does not accept it. After all, he is a mufti and he specialises in fiqh. 
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