2. Lines Are Interrupted:
A second argument raised in the discussions is that: It cannot be done because it is against the view that states that the congregants of congregational prayers must be joined by uninterrupted lines and that there shouldn’t be any unreasonable gaps, buildings, high walls, rivers etc., separating the congregation.
No one would doubt that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) ideally wanted us to pray in jama`ah standing shoulder to shoulder and in lines, with each new line flowing from the one ahead of it and for there to be no gaps between the lines.
The Prophet’s foundational order for this stems from the fact that the imam is to be followed in prayer; such that if he makes takbir, the congregants follow in takbir, if the imam goes to ruku`, the congregants go to ruku`, etc… and this is best done when lines are uninterrupted.
Though we are ideally to have uninterrupted lines for congregational prayers as per the Prophet’s sunnah, it should be remembered that the Shariah takes into account changes in circumstances and allows easing of restrictions.