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Praying in a room full of pictures at work

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Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Is it permissible to pray salat in front of pictures if absolute necessity? I work in a school, and there are children’s pictures in every room. It is too difficult to cover every picture. In this circumstance, is it possible for me to pray in front of these pictures. If I don’t pray at work my salat will be qada.

Answer:
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

If you are genuinely unable to reasonably find another room, then simply pray towards a chair or table such that there is no picture in the area within your gaze.

However, it is normally easy, especially in schools, to find a room or quiet corridor (or even fire exit) where one can pray without there being pictures present. Generally, one finds the school administration quite cooperative in such matters when approached in the right way.

And Allah alone gives success.

Wassalam.

Faraz Rabbani

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