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Prohibition against draping walls

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Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) prohibited that walls be draped/covered


Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) has recorded these words with a weak chain.

(As Sunanul Kubra, vol. 7 pg. 272. Refer: Taqribut Tahdhib, 1468)

Imam Abu Dawud (rahimahullah) has also recorded similar words on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) with a weak chain.

(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 1480)

In addition to the above narrations supporting each other, they are also strongly corroborated by the following authentic Hadith recorded in Sahih Muslim:

Sayyidatuna ‘Aaishah (radiyallahu ‘anha) says, “Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was once away on an expedition. I took a rug and placed it on the door. When Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) returned and saw the rug, I saw the look of disapproval on his face. He pulled it down, cut it and said, Allah has not ordered us to dress/cover stones and sand. Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radiyallahu ‘anha) then made two cushions from that rug and stuffed it with fibre.

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 2107. Also see As Sunanul Kubra of Imam Bayhaqi, vol. 7 pg. 272 for additional support)

The Hadith in question is suitable to quote.


Kindly refer to a reliable Mufti/Darul Ifta for further clarification regarding the permissibility/impermissibility of decorating/draping walls.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

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