Salah on chair

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I am 73 year old. I have undergone a total knee replacement surgery in July this year. I have been advised not to sit on floor. While offering my prayers I sit down on chair during sujood. There are lot of versions about offering prayers sitting on a chair. Kindly advise me in the matter. You are also requested to kindly educate me on right way of offering prayers while sitting on a chair.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 378/309/N=5/1441)


If you can perform sajdah by placing your forehead on the ground in any way then it shall not be lawful for you to offer salah sitting on chair with gesture. And if you cannot perform sajdah sitting on ground in any way then it shall be lawful for you to offer salah on chair with gesture.


وإن تعذرا ليس تعذرهما شرطا؛ بل تعذر السجود كاف لا القيام أو مأ ….. قاعدا (الدر المختار مع رد المحتار، كتاب الصلاة، باب صلاة المريض 2: 567، ط: مكتبة زكريا ديوبند)، مستفاد: وهو – أي: الإيماء قاعدًا – أفضل من الإيماء قائمًا لقربه من السجود (المصدر السابق، ص 568)، قوله: “لقربه من السجود”: أي: فيكون أشبه بالسجود، منح (رد المحتار)

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

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