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Q: Does offering Salah (Prayer) at the annexed area outside Al-Masjid Al-Nabawy (the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah), where retractable umbrellas are erected, have the same reward as offering it inside the Masjid?

A: Areas annexed to Masjids hold the same rulings applied to Masjids in terms of attaining similar rewards. Annexations at Al-Masjid Al-Nabawy are regarded as part of the Masjid; therefore, reward for Salah offered there is the same as Salah offered inside the Masjid. However, the reward of the first row is greater than the second and the second is greater than the third and so on.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.