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Turning off phone in salaah

Fatwaa ID: 1684

Aoa mufti sahb.
What is ruling of turning ones phone off/silent if it rings during saLah.
If such person doesn’t close and phone continues to ring ;does it affect saLah of others? Even imam gets distracted sometimes 😞
On same token is it ok for imam to announce before every saLah to plz turn off / silent your cell phones ???

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

A Muslim is consious and considerate. When standing for salaah, he should free himself from all distractions. Likewise, he should not be a distraction for others. He should turn off his phone before starting the salaah or put it on silence.

If a person’s phone rings in salaah, he should quickly silence it with minimal movements with one hand. If he does not do this, then the salaah of the others will still remain valid but he will be accountable for causing the disturbance and distraction. That is an action of the shaytaan.

If the imaam deems it appropriate, he may remind the congregants to silence their phones or turn it off before the salaah. This should be left to his discretion.

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

02/08/1445 AH – 08/25/2023 CE | AMG1-3390

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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