Q. Is it okay to cross in front of a congregation performing Janaazah Salaah?
A. It should be noted that if a barrier (Sutrah) is placed in front of an Imaam leading a Salaah, the barrier suffices for the entire congregation. In other words, it will be permissible to cross in front of any of the congregants of the Salaah as the Imaam’s barrier suffices for the entire congregation.
In terms of crossing an Imaam leading a Janaazah Salaah, the Imaam leads the Janaazah Salaah whilst the deceased is placed in front of him. The deceased being placed in front an Imaam leading a Janaazah Salaah serves as a barrier for the entire congregation and hence, in such a case, it will be permissible to cross a congregation performing the Janaazah Salaah. (Ahsanul Fataawa 4/239)
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Mufti Ismaeel Bassa