Scratching oneself in salaah


1. If I use my hand, due to losing balance, when coming up from sajdah, will this break my salaah?

2. Whilst making my niyyah for salaah, at the beginning I scratched my face and then used my one hand twice in salaah. Is this amal-e-katheer?


1. No.

2. This is not amal katheer. However, scratching one's body and moving one's hands about during salaah is not in keeping with khushoo'. Khushoo' refers to performing the salaah with focus and calmness. Performing the salaah with khushoo' is not a condition for the validity of the salaah, but it is required in order for the salaah to gain the full acceptance.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)