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Closing eyes during salaah, non-Muslim friend

Fatwaa ID: 1072

Assalamualaikum May Allah bless you for the work that you do

I have two questions that i want to ask

My first question is if it is permissible to partially close my eyes during Salah to prevent me from looking around during Salah

My second question is my childhood friend is a non Muslim and i have known him for a long time and he is a good person and respects my deen however I find myself wasting my time on idle talk/activities when i am with him should i keep him as my friend or should i distance myself away from him?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

  1. It is makrooh to close one’s eyes during salaah. Fix your gaze to your place of sujood. This will prevent you from looking around. It will allow you to remain focused in salaah. Remind yourself that you are standing in front of Allaah Ta’aala. He continues to give you His loving attention until you turn away. That position of yours at that time is a unique and special one that most are not afforded. Value it.
  2. A true friend is one who brings you closer to Allaah Ta’aala. On the Day of Judgment, people will regret having the wrong friends. Time is valuable. If you are not benefiting yourself or others, then that time is wasted and you are in loss. Use your time with the friend in reference wisely. Try to give him da’wah, in its various ways, during your meetings. Restrict your discussions and activities to that which is beneficial and useful.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

10/06/1444 AH – 04/26/2023 CE | AMG3-3676

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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