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Praying while someone is sleeping in front of you

Fatwaa ID: 786

Asalamu’alaikum mufti, the direction of prayer in my room is towards my bed and in the morning my sister is sleeping, so is it permissible for me to pray in that direction or do I have to pray in a different room?

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

May Allaah Ta’aala bless you and your sister. In the enquired situation, it will be permissible for you to perform salaah in your room in front of your bed while your sister is sleeping on it. However, it will be advisable that you do not perform salaah directly facing her face.

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

08/13/1444 AH – 03/05/2023 CE | AML3-3264

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

حاشية ابن عابدين (1/651)
(ﻗﻮﻟﻪ ﺇﻟﻰ ﻇﻬﺮ ﻗﺎﻋﺪ ﺇﻟﺦ) ﻗﻴﺪ ﺑﺎﻟﻈﻬﺮ اﺣﺘﺮاﺯا ﻋﻦ اﻟﻮﺟﻪ ﻓﺈﻧﻬﺎ ﺗﻜﺮﻩ ﺇﻟﻴﻪ ﻛﻤﺎ ﻣﺮ، ﻭﻓﻲ ﻗﻮﻟﻪ ﻳﺘﺤﺪﺙ ﺇﻳﻤﺎء ﺇﻟﻰ ﺃﻧﻪ ﻻ ﻛﺮاﻫﺔ ﻟﻮ ﻟﻢ ﻳﺘﺤﺪﺙ ﺑﺎﻷﻭﻟﻰ، ﻭﻟﺬا ﺯاﺩ اﻟﺸﺎﺭﺡ ” ﻭﻟﻮ ” ﻭﻓﻲ ﺷﺮﺡ اﻟﻤﻨﻴﺔ: ﺃﻓﺎﺩ ﺑﻪ ﻧﻔﻲ ﻗﻮﻝ ﻣﻦ ﻗﺎﻝ ﺑﺎﻟﻜﺮاﻫﺔ ﺑﺤﻀﺮﺓ اﻟﻤﺘﺤﺪﺛﻴﻦ، ﻭﻛﺬا ﺑﺤﻀﺮﺓ النائمين ﻭﻣﺎ ﺭﻭﻱ ﻋﻨﻪ – ﻋﻠﻴﻪ اﻟﺼﻼﺓ ﻭاﻟﺴﻼﻡ – «ﻻ ﺗﺼﻠﻮا ﺧﻠﻒ ﻧﺎﺋﻢ ﻭﻻ ﻣﺘﺤﺪﺙ» ﻓﻀﻌﻴﻒ. ﻭﺻﺢ ﻋﻦ ﻋﺎﺋﺸﺔ – ﺭﺿﻲ اﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻨﻬﺎ – ﻗﺎﻟﺖ «ﻛﺎﻥ ﺭﺳﻮﻝ اﻟﻠﻪ – ﺻﻠﻰ اﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ – ﻳﺼﻠﻲ ﻣﻦ ﺻﻼﺓ اﻟﻠﻴﻞ ﻛﻠﻬﺎ ﻭﺃﻧﺎ ﻣﻌﺘﺮﺿﺔ ﺑﻴﻨﻪ ﻭﺑﻴﻦ اﻟﻘﺒﻠﺔ، ﻓﺈﺫا ﺃﺭاﺩ ﺃﻥ ﻳﻮﺗﺮ ﺃﻳﻘﻈﻨﻲ ﻓﺄﻭﺗﺮﺕ» ، ﺭﻭﻳﺎﻩ ﻓﻲ اﻟﺼﺤﻴﺤﻴﻦ، ﻭﻫﻮ ﻳﻘﺘﻀﻲ ﺃﻧﻬﺎ ﻛﺎﻧﺖ ﻧﺎﺋﻢﺓ، ﻭﻣﺎ ﻓﻲ ﻣﺴﻨﺪ اﻟﺒﺰاﺭ ﺃﻥ ﺭﺳﻮﻝ اﻟﻠﻪ – ﺻﻠﻰ اﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ – ﻗﺎﻝ «ﻧﻬﻴﺖ ﺃﻥ ﺃﺻﻠﻲ ﺇﻟﻰ اﻟﻨﻴﺎﻡ ﻭاﻟﻤﺘﺤﺪﺛﻴﻦ» ” ﻓﻬﻮ ﻣﺤﻤﻮﻝ ﻋﻠﻰ ﻣﺎ ﺇﺫا ﻛﺎﻧﺖ ﻟﻬﻢ ﺃﺻﻮاﺕ ﻳﺨﺎﻑ ﻣﻨﻬﺎ اﻟﺘﻐﻠﻴﻂ ﺃﻭ اﻟﺸﻐﻞ، ﻭﻓﻲ اﻝﻧﺎﺋﻢﻳﻦ ﺇﺫا ﺧﺎﻑ ﻇﻬﻮﺭ ﺷﻲء ﻳﻀﺤﻜﻪ. اﻩـ.


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