Performing Salaah on the bare ground without a Musalla

Q: It is understood that performing Salaah/Sajdah in a place with najaasat is impermissible, with or without Prayer mat. But, I have witnessed many Muslims offering Salaah on the floor at offices, at railway stations, inside the aircraft, in trains, on the roads, on the deck of a ship/boat, etc. These places are frequented by many people returning from the toilets with their footwear on, which has a lot of najaasat. Will Salaah not be invalid for those who pray at these places with najaasat? I have had many debates with these people who justify that their Salaah is valid in these places.


A: The ground upon which physical impurity is not seen is regarded as paak. Hence if someone performed Salaah on the ground, the Salaah will be valid.

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

جابر بن عبد الله أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال أعطيت خمسا لم يعطهن أحد قبلي نصرت بالرعب مسيرة شهر وجعلت لي الأرض مسجدا وطهورا فأيما رجل من أمتي أدركته الصلاة فليصل وأحلت لي المغانم ولم تحل لأحد قبلي وأعطيت الشفاعة وكان النبي يبعث إلى قومه خاصة وبعثت إلى الناس عامة (صحيح البخاري #335)

اليقين لا يزول بالشك (الأشباه والنظائر 1/183)

نام أو مشى على نجاسة إن ظهر عينها تنجس وإلا لا ( رد المحتار 1/346)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)