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Salah in Front of a Statue

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Answered by: Maulana Nazrul Islam


I have started a new job and the way I pray there is a table and then after it, there is a fireplace. The fireplace has the statue of a lion. I have just realised that now. Can you please advise if my salah is valid and if not what I can do?

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


To pray Salah while having a statue in front of a person, to the right, left, place of Sajdah, or above his head will be Makrooh Tahrimi (prohibitively disliked). (1)

Your past prayers will be valid as you were unaware of the situation and there’s no need to repeat it. (1)

However, a person is not allowed to pray in front of a statue intentionally. (1)

Only Allah knows best.

Written by Maulana Nazrul Islam

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham


وان يكون فوق رأسه وبين يديه أو بحذائه يمينة او يسيرة او محل سجوده تمثال

در المختار ص٨٨ فى باب كراهة الصلوة، دار الكتب العلمية

إمداد الفتاوى ،ج١، ص٣٤٧

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