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07-02-2004 @ 7:43 PM    Notify Admin about this post
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As Salaamu Alaikum

This question is for ANYONE who may have the answer(s) insha'Allaah:

What is the status of prayer rugs in Islaam and what have the Scholars mentioned about them?  Also it would be helpful if anyone could explain when and where the practice of using prayer rugs first originated?

Perhaps our brother Dawud Adib (may Allaah preserve him) knows the answer to the second question, because he seems to be keen on knowing the origin of things.  But ANYONE who knows is welcome to answer insha'Allaah.

Barak Allaahu Feekum

Aboo Khaleel "Ibraheem" al-Bukharee Ibn Abdullaah
Michigan - USA

08-02-2004 @ 12:52 AM    Notify Admin about this post
Umm aboo yahya Amatullah bint Rupee (b/ham, UK)
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wa alaykumus salaam wa rahmatullaah
Shaykh al-Islam (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

Praying on rugs, in the sense that the worshipper insists on that ? this was not the way of the salaf, the Muhaajireen and Ansaar and those who followed them in truth at the time of the Messenger of Allaah. Rather they used to pray on the ground in his mosque, and none of them had a rug that was used just for prayer. It was narrated that when ?Abd al-Rahmaan ibn Mahdi came to Madeenah he spread out a rug, and Maalik ordered that it be taken away. It was said to him, ?He is ?Abd al-Rahmaan ibn Mahdi.? Maalik said, ?Do you not know that spreading a rug in our mosque is bid?ah (an innovation)??

Majmoo? al-Fataawa, 22/163

umm aboo yahyaa

08-02-2004 @ 6:41 PM    Notify Admin about this post
Umm Safiyyah Madeehah bint Nafees (Birmingham, UK)
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Assalaamu'alaykum wa rahmatullaah

Could one of students please clarify whether this is a general prohibition or something specific to the masaajid.  In the following hadeeth is it to be understood that the mat or حصير was not used specifically for salaah but was used generally and on this occasion used to pray on?

عن أنس بن مالك رضي الله عنه
أن جدته مليكة - رضي الله عنها - دعت رسول الله -  صلى الله عليه وسلم - لطعام صنعته له، فأكل منه، ثم قال:(قوموا فلأصلى لكم).  قال أنس: فقمت إلى حصير لنا، قد اسود من طول ما لُبس، فنضحته بماء، فقام رسول الله - صلى الله عليه وسلم - وصنفت  أنا واليتيم وراءه، والعجوز من وراءنا، فصلى لنا رسول الله - صلى الله عليه وسلم ركعتين، ثم انصرف

No. 378  - Narrated Ishaq:  

Anas bin Malik said, "My grand-mother Mulaika invited Allah's Apostle for a meal which she herself had prepared. He ate from it and said, 'Get up! I will lead you in the prayer.' " Anas added, "I took my Hasir, washed it with water as it had become dark because of long use and Allah's Apostle stood on it. The orphan (Damira or Ruh) and I aligned behind him and the old lady (Mulaika) stood behind us. Allah's Apostle led us in the prayer and offered two Rak'at and then left."

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Jazaakumullaahu khayraa.

Umm Mujaahidah Ibnah Nafees Ibn Ihsaan Ahmad,

This message was edited by MSbN.Ahmad on 2-8-04 @ 7:35 PM

26-06-2005 @ 5:35 AM    Notify Admin about this post
Abul-'Abbaas Moosaa ibn John Richardson (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
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wa 'alaykumus-salaamu wa rahmatullaah,

The narrations found in Saheeh al-Bukhaaree and elsewhere, describing the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) praying on a khumrah [small mat] and a haseer [large mat] show the permissibility of praying on other than the bare ground.  A few of the scholars held the opinion that the prayer may only be offered on the bare ground, so these narrations are a proof against their position.  They do not provide a proof for the one who takes this action as part of his Deen, since the Companions did not take this as Deen.  Rather, they understood it to be permissible, and thus prayed on mats, bedding, clothing, etc. whenever it made sense, for example: in the extreme heat to protect oneself from the heat of the ground.

Furthermore, the scholars have stated that it is better for a person to pray directly on the ground if he is able.  Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah said: "The ahaadeeth and the aathaar (narrations from the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam and the Companions) show that they used to prefer placing their foreheads directly on the bare ground if they were able, and when necessary, like in extremely hot weather and the likes, they would pray with something between them and the ground, using something they had with them: a part of their clothing, turban, or cap..." [Majmoo' al-Fataawee (22/172)]

However, if someone still holds that these ahaadeeth prove the legislated nature of praying on prayer rugs, then we can look again to Shaykh al-Islaam (may Allaah have Mercy on him) who responded to this argument from a number of angles:

[1] The Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) did not pray on them consistently, rather he prayed on them only occasionally, and for a reason, like the extreme heat or the likes.  [as opposed to those who make it their Deen and pray on them all the time]

[2] That which the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) prayed upon was small in size, just big enough for one's prostration or slightly larger, not like the full-body sized prayer rugs the people have.

[3] The Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) did not pray on them thinking to protect himself from najaasah (impurities), or just to be sure of the purity of his prayer area, as the people who advocate prayer rugs do.

[4] It is not something the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) told the Companions to do, and thus they used to pray directly on the ground.  So if it was recommended or "sunnah" to do it, then they would have done it.

[5] The Prophet's masjid (sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) had a dirt floor, and while he had access to the mats, bedding, and other things mentioned in the narrations, he did not take any of these things into the masjid to pray on them.

[Summarized from Majmoo' al-Fataawee (22/175-179)]

And it can be added:

[6] The Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) did not used to place one mat upon another, as the prayer rug advocates do, placing their rug on top of carpet or another rug.

[7] He did not have pictures of the ka'bah, other masjids, colored designs, Allaah's Names, etc. on the mat he used occastionally, unlike the prayer rug advocates.  Instead, he would keep such visual distractions away from his prayer area, as he returned a garment that had markings on it for one that did not in order not to be distracted in his prayer, and it is reported that Ibn 'Umar used to remove visual distractions from the qiblah direction in the masjids, like swords and mus-hafs.

[8] He did not have the pride that would keep one from placing his face on the bare ground, as he used to prostrate directly on it, even when it was moist and remained on his forehead.  And many of the prayer rug advocates could never imagine doing such a thing.

And Allaah knows best...

Moosaa ibn John Richardson

سبحانك اللهم وبحمدك
أشهد أن لا إله إلا أنت
أستغفرك وأتوب إليك

27-06-2005 @ 5:52 PM    Notify Admin about this post
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May Allaah reward you all for your posts, this was just the detailed info. I was looking for walhamdulillaah.

إبراهيم  البخاري
Ibraheem Bukharee
Ibn Sharefah Abdul-Qawiyy al-Michiganee

This message was edited by ibrahim.bukhari on 10-1-05 @ 2:24 PM

10-05-2011 @ 1:51 AM    Notify Admin about this post
Damilola Sadiq ibn Owodunni (Lagos, Nigeria || Eastern Province, KSA)
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assalaamu 'alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh akhee,

JazaakAllaahu khayraa for your beneficial posts. And may Allah reward the one who pointed me to this.

Just to be clear:

1) When praying at home, from the above (particularly, points: [3] & [6]), it seems it would be more proper - contrary to what many of us may do - to pray directly on the floor, carpet, etc of our homes - without bothering that there may be some najaasah on it (as long as we have no certainty that there is really some najaasah present) - instead of praying on prayer mats. Is this correct?

2) Would it be OK to keep to praying on mats most of the time (even at the home) with the excuse of keeping one's clothes clean (i.e. from dirt, etc)?

JazaakAllaahu khayraa akhee. baarakAllaahu feek.

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