PERFORMING SALAT IN PLACES OR ON A CARPET FULL OF PICTURES AND DECORATIONS

Narrated Aaishah (RA): The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) performed his prayer wearing a Khameesah (a kind of clothe) full of decorations. Having finished his prayer he said: Givethis Khameesah to Abi Jahm Ibn Huthaifah and bring me the Anbianiyyah (a plain thick sheet) for it [the Khamisah] distracted my attention during the prayer. [Bukhaaree] The hadeeth indicates that one should avoid doing Salaah in a place which is full of decorations, or the like, that distract ones attention from being totally given to salaah.

AI-Izz ibn Abdis Salam affirmed the same and said: It is detested that one does Salaah on a carpet full of decorations or on a carpet of high quality for being in Salaah means being in a state of full humbleness and submission ...So it is better [for a Muslim] to follow the Prophets (peace and blessings be upon him) deeds and sayings, all of them however tiny they may be, in order to win Allaahs guidance and love. And whoever deserts the Prophets (peace and blessings be upon him) acts has gone astray in proportion to his desertion. Narrated Anas (RA): "Aishah (RA) once screened one of her rooms walls with a Qiram.

Upon seeing it, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) ordered her to take away the Qiram and said: its decorations distracted my attention from the Salaah". [Bukhaaree] This hadeeth urges Muslims not to perform their Salaah in a place full of pictures or decorations, and includes the obligation to take away any thing that may distract their attention in their Salaah. It also indicates that the Salaah done in a place full of pictures is valid for the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) continued his Salaah and did not repeat it. Shaikhul lslam Ibn Taymiyyah said: No doubt, according to the consensus of the scholrars that entering a church or any other place full of pictures and doing Salaah in it is strongly detested. This is indeed the truth.

Accordingly; the scholars believe that this ruling applies to all kinds of pictures, whether painted on walls or any other thing [such as clothes]. Besides distracting the praying Muslim form Salaah, doing Salaah in a place full of them resembles the act of those who worship idols. Such is the case regarding doing Salaah on a carpet full of pictures, even if they are stepped on.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: The Angels [of mercy] do not enter a house in which there are pictures. [Muslim] An-Nawawee said: "The Ulamah explained that the angels do not enter a house in which there are pictures because having pictures is one of the grave sins for they bear the idea of imitating Allaahs (SWT) creation, and the idea of worshipping idols." The word "pictures" in the aforementioned narrations means pictures of living creatures [humans or animals].

Ibn AI-Qayyim said: The [forbidden] pictures are those of living creatures [humans or animals] - whether they are in the form of statues, engraved, drawn on walls or embroidered on clothes or beddings. Some scholars considered pictures of plants and trees not to be part of the prohibition. But it is indeed detested to perform Salaah on carpets full of pictures of trees and plants because they distract ones attention from being fully given to Salaah - as is understood from the hadeeth about the Anbijaniyyah. Allaah (SWT) knows best.

This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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