Is Sitting between Shade and Sun prohibitted in Islam? Know the Hadith
According to a Hadeeth, the person who sits half in the shade and the other half in the sun loses. How reliable is this Hadeeth, though?
According to reports, it is forbidden for a Muslim to sit with one half of his body in the sun and the other in the shade. “The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, forbade sitting between the shade and the sun.” [Ibn Maajah, Al-Albaani: Saheeh]
Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) relates, Abul Qasim (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:
“When one of you is sitting in the [shade] and it starts to withdraw resulting in him being partly in the sun and partly in the shade, he should get up.
According to experts, the individual is significantly harmed as a result of the various contrary effects on him while sitting between shade and sun, which is why this prohibition is in place. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), condemned sitting partially in the sun and partially in the shade and stated, “This is how Satan sits,” therefore it is more meritorious to cite the reason that was narrated, i.e., this is the way the devil sits. (Ahmad, Al-Albaani: Saheeh)
This is comparable to the rule against mimicking Satan by using your left hand to eat and drink or to sleep on your stomach. However, we were unable to locate a Hadeeth in the volumes of Hadeeth that used the same phraseology indicated in the inquiry.