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Is it Acceptable to Shut the Eyes During Ritual Prayer?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Mathabah.org
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Question:

Can a person praying close his or her eyes to avoid distractions?

Answer:

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

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Closing the eyes during the prayer is a disapproved action (makrūh).

Abū Bakr ibn Masʾūd Al Kāsāni Al Ḥanafī [d. 587 H] has written, “It is disliked for a person to shut his eyes during the prayer due to what has been reported from the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم; that he forbade shutting the eyes during alāh. The sunnah (prophetic practice) is to direct one’s gaze towards the place of prostration; shutting the eyes results in discarding this sunnah.” [Badāi’ Al Ṣanāi’ p.81 vol. 2, Dār Al-Kotob Al-Ilmīyah, Beirut, Lebanon, 1997]

And Allāh Knows Best

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