Fatwa: 824

Category: fatwas about prayer

Praying with clothes containing images of creatures that have souls

The question:

Is it valid to make prayer wearing clothes containing images of creatures that have souls? May Allah bless you.

The answer:

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. Peace and blessing be upon whom Allah sent as a mercy to the Worlds, upon his Family, his Companions and his Brothers till the Day of Resurrection.

It is very detestable to pray with clothes containing images of creatures that have souls; though the prayer is valid, given that the order of making prayer is dissociated from the prohibition of the images of creatures that have souls; this case is similar, for men, to the fact of praying wearing silk or gold. In fact, the scholars agreed that if the order is dissociated from the prohibition, the act is valid; although, they have different opinions concerning the forms of this dissociation.

The perfect knowledge belongs to Allah عزَّ وجلَّ. Our last prayer is all praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. Peace and blessing be upon our Prophet, his Family, his Companions and Brothers till the Day of Resurrection.

Algiers, Cha`bân 28th, 1426H.
Corresponding to: October 2nd, 2005.

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