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Salaah with ishaarah at work

Fatwaa ID: 491

Assalamu alaikum wrwb,

A sister from France wants to know the ruling.she says there is no place to pray in work place and it is very difficult to pray in front of people. When they go out of the house they miss salah.

She asks if she can read salah with ishara when she is out or in office or she needs to repeat the salah that she read with ishara later or she should just do it qaza and read it when she comes back home.

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

It is not clear why the sister in reference finds it “very difficult” to pray in front of people. A Muslim must perform his/her salaah at the appropriate time wherever he may be. He should not feel shy to worship Allaah Ta’aala in front of others. A Muslim must be proud of his values. He has no reason to feel shy. Salaah is so simple and easy that it can be performed almost anywhere. In the enquired situation, it will not be permissible for her to perform her salaah with ishaarah/gestures. Similarly, she may not perform it while sitting. She must be perform it as done regularly. Likewise, it will not be permissible for her to delay it and make qadhaa of it afterwards. Income earned by doing such will be void of khayr and barakah. It will soon be a means of regret and remorse instead. If necessary, she should look for an alternative job where she can perform salaah comfortably. If she has male relatives that can provide for her, then it will be haraam for her to work while missing the salaahs. It goes without being said that the permissibility of a woman working in a corporate or public space is conditional to her maintaining the laws of Shari’ah.

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

07/09/1444 AH – 01/31/2023 CE | AML1-6989

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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