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Killing a snake or scorpion during the prayer
Question:

If a man begins his prayer and this prayer is an obligatory one from the five times (for prayer each day) and he sees a snake or a scorpion, does he stop his prayer and kill it, or does he complete his prayer?
Answer:

Yes, he stops his prayer and kills the snake or scorpion according to the statement of the Prophet sal Allaahu alaiyhi wa sallam:

Kill the two black things during the prayer the snake and the scorpion.

(Reported by the Companions of the Sunan and declared authentic by ibn Hibbaan)

And if he is able to kill both of them during his prayer knowing (that he can do this) without a great deal of effort, then there is no harm in this and his prayer is saheehah (correct).

And with Allaah is the tawfeeq. And may peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and his Companions.

Permanent Committee for Research and Verdicts
Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez Bin Baz
Shaykh `Abdullah bin Ghudayaan
Shaykh `Abdullaah bin Qu`ood
Question 6 from fatwa 3785 P28 volume 7 Fataawa of the Permanent Committee
Translated by Abu Abdir Rahmaan Nasser ibn Najam
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