Will you please give information about amal kathir (major action) / things that invalidate the prayer?
Submitted by on Fri, 24/04/2015 - 16:46
Dear Brother / Sister,
Busying oneself with something in the prayer in such a way to make the onlooker think surely that he is not praying invalidates the prayer. For example, combing hair. In fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence), this is called amal kathir, which means major action, that is, a deed that prevents the prayer.
The deeds of the praying person that raise suspicion in the onlooker whether he/she is praying or not and that do not give any certain opinion to the onlooker do not invalidate the prayer. These deeds are called amal qalil, that is, insignificant action; the deeds that are not obstacles for the prayer. So, the prayer of the person is not invalidated if he appears to be in the prayer though he scratches himself.
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