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Salaah with pillow, qadhaa, toys

Fatwaa ID: 813

Maaf to trouble you
I wanted to clarify a few things before Ramadan begins
I injured my spine from being pregnant with my daughter. I experience pain at the end of my spine upon sitting and require a spinal pillow to sit on to elevate pain
Given that the taraweeh prayers are long, I wanted to know if it’s acceptable for me to place this pillow on the floor and sit on it during salah for sujud and tashahud?

Also, how does one make up for missed salahs that was intentionally and unintentionally missed?

Also, I have a 2 year old and a 4 month old. My 2 year old has a speech delay and a lot of magnets and books with pictures of animals and people as suggested by the speech therapist to help him build speech and he also watches his programmes on his tab or the TV to assist with his speech delay and also to distract him for a short while whilst I do something like cook or read salah etc. because he is at the age for having tantrums, especially at night when he is tired, but it’s not yet his bedtime and will then fuss and cry for my attention making it difficult for me to pray sometimes until his father is home. And given that in Ramadan the men come home much later it will be difficult to wait until his father is home to read esha and taraweeh because I am also awake throughout the night to breastfeed my daughter and give my son his bottle to drink. My son sleeps after 10 and doesn’t nap from the time he wakes up in the morning. My 4 month old also wants to be looking at something when left down alone, or else she cries, so I sometimes put the TV on with baby programmes to distract her whilst I complete a task
I wanted to know if its permissible to read salah whilst they play with toys or watch programmes with eyes and sometimes music (the music played in childrens programmes during nursery rhymes etc) if I am alone with 2 kids and its the easiest way for me to read without them both crying for my attention. I live in a 1 bedroom house so even if I put everything of and away my son will take out his toys and books and put his tab or the TV on himself whilst I am reading and watch and play around me. He is also tall or can use his chair to climb and reach everything if I was to put it out of his reach.
I know we aren’t supposed to have murat in the house, but he does have puzzles, magnets, and books with insects, animals, and people. Even the Islamic children’s books have murat
Also, he wears nappies that have animal faces, and he often wears just his nappy with a t-shirt and plays around me. Even the wetwipes packaging has murat. Most baby products that lay around the house have murat. Is it acceptable to read salah and quran given the above scenario? We do pack away all his toys after putting the kids to sleep but his nappy which he often sleeps with, with a t-shirt on and no pants as it is too hot and the wetwipes to clean them with have murat…

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

The answers to your queries are as follows,

  1. May Allaah Ta’aala grant you complete shifaa and make it easy for you. In the enquired situation, you will be excused to sit on a spinal pillow and perform salaah.
  2. You perform the missed or skipped salaahs as you would perform them normally. There is no difference in the salaah itself.
  3. May Allaah Ta’aala bless your children and reward you. Your salaah will be valid in the enquired situation. Try to put them to bed earlier from now.
  4. That will be permissible. The pictures are very small and usually undiscernable from far. This would not affect the salaah.

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

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