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Does a person’s prayer become invalid if a child walks in front of him or climbs on him? What should he do if the small child interferes with him while he is in prayer?

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If a very small child walks or craws in front of a praying person, it is not a problem. The small child should not be pushed away or treated harshly.

It is established in the authentic Sunnah that the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to treat small children in a special manner while he was praying.

It is permissible to carry children while praying. It was related in authentic hadîth that the Prophet (peace be upon him) did this himself.

It is related from Abû Qatâdah al-Ansârî that the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to pray carrying his grand-daughter Umâmah bint Abî al-`As, who was the daughter of his daughter Zaynab, and used to carry her upon his neck. When he prostrated, he put her down. When he stood up, he lifted her up again. [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (494), Sahîh Muslim (543), and Sahîh Ibn Khuzaymah (783-784)]

It is also related that while he was praying, when he went into prostration, his grandchildren al-Hasan and al-Husayn would jump onto his back. When the people tried to stop them, he signaled to them to leave the children alone. When he finished his prayer, he said: “Whoever loves me should love those two.” [Sahîh Ibn Khuzaymah (887)]

And Allah knows best.

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