Muslimpress:Salaah is the second pillar of Islam and Muslims offer that 5 times a day. There are some rule and limitations for prayers and those who offer them. Usually it is forbidden to offer prayers in front of an open door or at places where people pass, but what if someone pass in front of your prayers of if you have to do that?In such case one of the following scenarios must apply: 1 – If he passes in front of the one who is praying, i. e., in the area between the spot where he puts his forehead when he prostrates and where he stands, this is haram, and indeed it is a major sin as the Prophet(PBUH) said: “If the one who passes in front of a person who is praying knew what(a burden of sin) he bears, it would be better for him to stand for forty rather than pass in front of him. ” Abu’l - Nadar – one of the narrators – said: I do not know whether he said forty days or months or years. Narrated by al - Bukhaari, 510; Muslim, 507 – from Abu Juhaym(may Allah be pleased with him). In this case it makes no different whether the person has a sutrah(object to serve as a screen) or not.Recommended:How to establish a Sutrah? 2 – If he passes in the area that is beyond the place where he prostrates. Two scenarios may apply in this case: (i) If the one who is praying has set up a sutrah (object to serve as a screen). In this case it is permissible to pass beyond the sutrah, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “If any one of you prays, let him face towards something. If he cannot find anything, then let him set up a stick. If he cannot do that, then let him draw a line, then it will not matter if anyone passes in front of him.” And it was narrated that Talhah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (AS) said: “If one of you puts something in front of him that is like the back of a saddle, then let him pray and not worry about anyone who passes beyond that.” Narrated by Muslim, 499. (ii) If the one who is praying has not set up a sutrah, he has no more than the space in which he prostrates. This is the most correct scholarly opinion. It is permissible for the one who wants to pass in front of him to pass in the space beyond where he prostrates. That is because the prohibition mentioned in the hadith applies to passing in front of the one who is praying, and what is beyond the place where he prostrates is not counted as being in front of the one who is praying. Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) said, after mentioning the differences of scholarly opinion concerning the distance within which the worshipper should stop anyone from passing in front of him: The most correct opinion is that it is the distance between his feet and the place where he prostrates. That is because the one who is praying has no right to anything more than what he needs for his prayer. So he does not have the right to prevent the people from (using space) that he does not need. Al-Sharh al-Mumti’, 3/340. All of this has to do with one who is praying alone or is leading others in prayer. If he is a member of a congregation, then the sutrah of the imam is the sutrah for those who are behind him. Al-Bukhaari (may Allah have mercy on him) said: Baab sutrat al-imam sutrah li man khalfahu (the sutrah of the imam is the sutrah of those who are behind him). It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas said: Once I came riding a female donkey and had (just) attained the age of puberty. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) praying at Mina, and there was no wall in front of him. I passed in front of part of the row while they were praying. Then I let the donkey loose to graze and joined the row, and nobody objected to it. (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 76; Muslim, 504) The correct scholarly view is that Makkah and other places are the same because of the general meaning of the evidence. There is nothing to suggest that Makkah is not included in this general meaning. This is the view favoured by Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen. See al-Sharh al-Mumti’, 3/342.