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Is it a sin to keep our eyes close during namaz


Is it a sin to keep eyes close during namaz?


Salamun Alaykum

Thank you for your query.

No it is not a sin as it is not Haram, rather it is Makruh.

Although it is better to pray with your eyes open and the worshiper looks at the place of prostration, as praying with closed eyes is Makruh. But for those who find more concentration by closing their eyes in prayer and the presence of their heart increases in prayer, there is no problem in praying with eyes closed.

Things that are disapproved (makrūh) in prayers

Ruling 1143. It is disapproved for one to turn his face a little to the right or to the left while performing prayers to the extent that he cannot see what is behind his head; and if he can see what is behind his head, his prayer is invalid, as mentioned previously. It is also disapproved for one to close his eyes, turn them to the right or left, play with his beard and hands, interlock his fingers, spit, look at the writing of the Qur’an or of another book, and to look at the inscription on a ring. Furthermore, when one is reciting Sūrat al-Hamd, or the other surah, or dhikr, it is disapproved for him to become silent in order to hear someone talking. In fact, any act that takes away one’s humility and submissiveness is disapproved.

May Allah(swt) grant you success


Syed Haider