There are a number of questions on Mi Yodeya dealing with the halachos (laws) of walking in front of a Jew who is praying, for instance When you're trapped by someone Davening behind you

There is also a question dealing with walking in front of someone who is saying Kaddish. Walking in front of someone saying kaddish

Is there any notion of not walking in front of a Muslim who is praying? (An acquaintance made this claim but I have never heard of any source for anything like this.)

  • Are you asking about Muslims specifically or about any non-Jew who is praying?
    – Daniel
    Jan 28, 2020 at 22:28
  • I was asking specifically about Muslims. (As far as I am aware, the Muslim concept of Hashem is identical to, or extremely close to, the Jewish concept of Hashem). Certainly if the answer to my question is "Yes" then a question about non-Jews would be a follow-up question!
    – gordon613
    Jan 29, 2020 at 6:04
  • I dont believe our def of אחד is identical to them,see the Rambams def
    – sam
    Jan 29, 2020 at 16:39
  • To VTCers: This question does not require knowledge of Islam to answer this question and therefore does not fall under the comparative religion rubric.
    – DonielF
    Jan 31, 2020 at 4:34
  • Does walking in front of him disturb his concentration? Is there a concept that a Muslim praying is connected to the shechina and walking between them would disrupt that? These are the reasons given to not walk in front of a Jew who is praying. I think according to the first reason this question would in fact be off topic. The second reason seems on topic. @DonielF
    – user6591
    Apr 14, 2020 at 15:42

2 Answers 2


There are suggestions that the Rabbi Yehoshua Leib Diskin held that one should not walk in front of a Muslim who is praying.

This is mentioned for example in the penultimate paragraph here, saying that God's presence is in front of them.


I think it can be important for Muslims that people do not wall in front of them while they pray, for their own religious reasons. See for example https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sutrah

Maybe the notion you are hearing of comes from respecting this.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .