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Is My Prayer Invalid Because Of the Presence Of a Naked Non-Muslim?

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Question:  As a Muslim student in a dorm, I share a room with a nice non-muslim. She reveals her awrah anyhow as this is the norm for her. I do not look at her, but I feel unhappy when I am praying as she is dressing up because I feel it is affecting/may nullify my salah. Does it affect salah if someone in the room is naked? 


In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

Assalam’aleykum, I pray this finds you in the best of states.

Jazakum Allah khayr for your question!

No, your prayer remains valid despite the presence of a naked individual in your room as this incident is not listed in the things that invalidate the prayers. [Nur Al-Idah]

Nonetheless, you should strive to find a way to pray in a more dignified setting because it is disliked to pray in the presence of things that prevent you to focus on your prayer. [Nur Al-Idah]

I would recommend either pray behind a curtain or explain your situation politely to your roommate if you think she will be open to discussion or pray elsewhere.

Whatever you decide please be assured that your prayer is despite all of this valid.

And Allah knows best.

I hope that the above answers your question. If something is unclear please do not hesitate to ask again.

May  Allah Most High grant you the best of this world and the next. Please keep us in your du’as!


[Ustadh] Sufyan Qufi

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