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Praying towards bed

Question: اﻟﺴﻼم ﻋﻠﯿﻜﻢ ورﺣﻤﺔ اﷲ وﺑﺮﻛﺎﺗﻪ 1) Can one pray Salah facing towards a bed if someone is sleeping on it? 2) Will salah be accepted if this has been done? 3) What if they are on the bed but you pray towards the corner of the bed? Answer: ﺑﺴﻢ اﷲ اﻟﺮﺣﻤﻦ اﻟﺮﺣﯿﻢ In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

1) Yes, a person may pray towards a bed if someone is sleeping on it. However, it is disliked to pray towards such a sleeping person because of whom there is fear that he will make such a noise that will cause the one praying to laugh, and he will feel embarrassed when he wakes up and finds out what he did. In addition, it is disliked to pray towards someone who is facing you.1

2) Yes, the prayer will be accepted.

3) It is allowed to pray towards any portion of the bed. It is narrated from Aisha ﻋﻨﻬﺎ اﷲ رﺿﻲ that the Prophet used to pray at night whilst she would lie between him and the Qiblah, sleeping on the bed which he would sleep upon. (Abu Dawud: 711)

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Written by Maulana Mohammad Ahsan Osmani Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah Darul Ifta Birmingham


[1] Al-Binayah: v. 2, p. 523 (Al-Maktabatul Haqqania); Raddul Muhtar: v. 2, p. 411-412 (Maktaba Imdadia); Fatawa Hindiya: v. 1, p. 120; Hashiya Tahtawi: p. 369 (Qadeemi Kutub Khana)

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