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Performing Salaah in front of a mirror


1. What does Islam say about performing Salaah in front of a mirror or a reflecting object?

2. People say it is necessary to cover the mirror when we read namaz in front of it. Is it true?



1. If one performed Salaah in front of a mirror, the Salaah will be valid. However, one should not look at the mirror during Salaah as this will distract one from one’s Salaah and affect one’s devotion and concentration.

2. It is not necessary.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

( ولا بأس بنقشه خلا محرابه ) فإنه يكره لأنه يلهي المصلي

قال الشامي : قوله ( لأنه يلهي المصلي ) أي فيخل بخشوعه من النظر إلى موضع سجوده ونحوه وقد صرح في البدائع في مستحبات الصلاة أنه ينبغي الخشوع فيها ويكون منتهى بصره إلى موضع سجوده الخ وكذا صرح في الأشباه أن الخشوع في الصلاة مستحب والظاهر من هذا أن الكراهة هنا تنزيهية فافهم (رد المحتار 1/ 658)

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Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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