How do a husband and a wife pray together in Jama’ah? Would the wife pray beside the husband, similar to when two brothers pray in congregation, with the one leading slightly ahead of the other, yet still touching? If this is not permissible, why?
It is wājib to perform salāh in jamā’at (congregation) for all males who are sane, adult, independent and capable. Those who miss it even once without any excuse are sinners.
When praying with one’s wife, it is best for the wife to stand completely behind her husband, as to opposed to level to him because that will lead to the issues of muhazaat taking place, which in turn will invalidate the husbands prayer.
Allāh knows best.
Answered by Shaykh Naveed Jameel ash-Shaami