The Imam stands amidst the Ma'mums in cases of necessity

Q 4: We offer some of the obligatory Salahs (Prayer) in a hall that can contain four rows with the Imam standing in the middle of the first row. While the people offering Salah (Prayer) stand to his right and left. Is this permissible? Please, illustrate this for us. May Allah reward you with the best! (Part No. 6; Page No. 332

A: According to the Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet), the Imam should stand in front of the Ma’mums (a person being led by an Imam in Prayer) but it is permissible for him to stand in the middle of the first row if the place is narrow according to what is reported to be done by Ibn Mas‘ud (may Allah be pleased with him).May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.