Is it permissible to perform Salah in a dark room without any dislike?
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Yes, it is permissible to perform Salah in a dark room without any Karahah (dislike) if it aids a person in his concentration and devotion. This is also established from the authentic traditions of the Prophet ﷺ. Aisha (r.a) narrates the following;
فقدت النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم ذات ليلة فجعلت أطلبه بيدي فوقعت يدي على قدميه وهما منصوبتان وهو ساجد يقول أعوذ برضاك من سخطك وبمعافاتك من عقوبتك وأعوذ بك منك لا أحصي ثناء عليك أنت كما أثنيت على نفسك (النساني)
Aishah (r.a.) said: I missed the Prophet ﷺ one night, so I started searching for him using my hand. My hand touched his feet and they were held upright, and he was prostrating and saying: ‘I seek refuge in Your pleasure from Your anger, in Your forgiveness from Your punishment, and I seek refuge in You from You. I cannot praise You enough, You are as You have praised yourself.’
If however, the darkness of the room affects one’s concentration and devotion in that it instills fright or Wasawis then a light should be lit.
And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best
Mufti Kaleem Muhammad
Darul Iftaa, Jaamia Madinatul Uloom (Trinidad)
This answer was collected from Fatwa-tt.com, which is operated by the Darul Iftaa of Jaamia Madinatul Uloom (Trinidad and Tobago) under the advice and guidance of Mufti Ebrahim Desai (Daamat Barakaatuhum) of South Africa.