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Opposite genders praying together


Salam mun Alikum

I have performed some prayers in a condition where my wife was praying either in front of me or next to me. I have been unaware of the rules, regarding women and men not being allowed to pray together without a barrier until recently, and used to believe these rules are optional and not compulsory.

Do I need to repeat my prayers which I have said in the above situation? Please advise


Wsalam mun Alikum


Al-Salam Alaykum
Thank you for your question.

Ayatollah Sistani says, “If someone does not observe the ruling related to the standing place of a man and a woman due to not knowing the Shariah ruling, if he fails to learn the issue and is ignorant, he has the ruling of a person who deliberately did not observe this ruling, i.e. his prayer According to obligatory caution, it is not correct;
However, if he did not fail to learn the ruling and is ignorant, then the prayers he recited with such ignorance are valid and he does not need to recite them again or perform qadha.”

However, you can see this is Ihtiyat Wajib (Obligatory Caution) and you can follow another Mujtahid which has Fatwa in this regard and they allow this, then you don’t have to repeat your prayer.

But if you were ignorant to the rule then your prayers are valid.

Best wishes,
Sayyid Madani