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Specifying a Prayer Room at Home?

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Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Is is optimal to pray throughout the house, or to have a specific room/area set aside for praying, or does it make no difference?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Walaikum assalam,

It is recommended for both men and women to have a place set aside in their house, free of things that busy one’s mind and conducive to serenity and contemplation, which one considers one’s place of prayer (musalla). [Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

Women can perform their spiritual retreat (i`tikaf) there, though not men. [ibid.]

Walaikum assalam,

Faraz Rabbani.
Amman, Jordan.

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