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It is Forbidden to Pass in Front of a Worshipper in Prayer
Question:

Is it permissible for those asking for charity for the general good, such as for (the building of) a mosque, for an individual to pass directly in front of the worshippers while they are praying, or not?
Answer:

It is forbidden to pass directly in front of the worshippers while they are praying, even if it be for collecting charity for Islamic projects, such as the building, repairing or furnishing of mosques, nor does the fact that they are undertaking a good deed give them a licence to pass in front of the worshippers in prayer, according to the generality of the Hadith of Abu Juhaim, may Allaah be pleased with him, who reported from the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) that he said: If the one who passes in front of the worshipper in prayer knew the sin he was committing, he would wait for forty (years), and that would be better for him than passing in front of the worshipper in prayer. [1] And may peace and blessings be upon our Prophet, Muhammad and upon his family and Companions.

[1] Al-Bukhari no. 510 and Muslim no. 507

Permanent Committee for Research and Verdicts
Fatawa Islamiyah Vol. 2 Page 169
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