Bismillahi Al-Rahmani Al-Rahim
"Foot-pressing stance" During Prayer
As salaamu alaykum,
Does the foot-pressing stance adopted by our Salafi brethren have sanction in the madhhab of Imam Ahmad?
wa `alaykum al-salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu
I have not been able to find anything that explicitly says that people should pray with their feet and shoulders jammed together. The closest that I have found is that rows should be straightened using the ankles and shoulders as a guide to determining straightness, and that that rows should be tightened to remove any gaps. (See Kashshaf al-qina` (1:328), Ghayat al-muntaha (1:120))
And what is explicit regarding the feet is that they should be slightly parted. (See Kashshaf al-qina` (1:372), Nail al-Ma'arib (1:142))
Brothers and sisters who insist on jamming their foot up to their neighbors should realize that if their neighbor keeps moving their foot and they keep moving their foot to get rid of the gap, they run the risk of invalidating their prayer because of excessive needless motion. They should also bear in mind that while it is recommended to gather together the rows, it is prohibited to injure another Muslim without right (and this does happen) and it is offensive to annoy.
And Allah knows best.
wa al-salamu `alaykum