Closing One’s Eyes During the Prayer

The scholars are agreed that it is makrooh to close the eyes for no reason when praying.

The author of al-Rawd stated that it is makrooh because this is what the Jews do. (al-Rawd al-Murabba’, 1/95).

The authors of Manaar al-Sabeel and al-Kaafi stated likewise, and added that it looks as if the person is asleep. (Manaar al-Sabeel, 1/66; al-Kaafi, 1/285).

The author of al-Iqnaa’ stated that it is makrooh unless there is a reason for doing so, such as fear of seeing something one should not be looking at whilst praying, such as seeing one’s concubine or wife, or a non-mahram woman, naked. (al-Iqnaa’, 1/127; al-Mughni, 2/30). The author of al-Mughni said likewise.

The author of Tuhfat al-Mulook said that it is makrooh without discussing the ruling when there is a need to do it. (Tuhfat al-Mulook, 1/84).

Al-Kaasaani said: It is makrooh because it goes against the Sunnah, which is to focus the gaze on the place of prostration, and because all of a person’s faculties have a role to play in worship, including the eyes. (Badaa’i’ al-Sanaa’i’, 1/503).

The author of Maraaqi al-Falaah stated that it is makrooh unless done for a purpose. He said, closing the eyes may be preferable to looking in some cases (Maraaqi al-Falaah, 1/343).

Imaam al-‘Izz ibn ‘Abd al-Salaam said in his fatwas that it is permissible when necessary, if that helps the worshipper to focus more fully on his prayer.

Ibn al-Qayyim said in Zaad al-Ma’aad that if a man can focus more fully on his prayer by opening his eyes, then it is better to do so. If he can focus more fully by closing his eyes because there are things that may distract him from his prayer, such as adornments and decorations, then it is not makrooh at all and the view that in this case it is mustahabb for him to close his eyes is closer to the aims and principles of sharee’ah than saying that it is makrooh. (Zaad al-Ma’aad, 1/283). (s)

Shaykh Ibn Baaz (rahimahullaah) said:

“Closing one’s eyes while performing salaah is makrooh (reprehensible) and is not a Sunnah. The Sunnah is to keep one’s eyes open and not to close them unless needed, in which case there will be nothing wrong with it. The proper practice is that one should lower one’s gaze and look at the place of sujood (prostration) so that one might reach the stage of khushoo`. The Sunnah is to behave as such. Closing one’s eyes is not Islamically legislated, rather it is makrooh or even, according to some scholars, an act of the Jews.”

(Noorum `alaa al-Darb, Vol.9)

Please pray for me and my battle against mental health

Still not filling 100% and depression has returned and decided to launch straight into me after a short break. I humbly ask for prayers and support during this time. I don’t want to fall back into self harm, I don’t need such self destructive behaviour in my life right now

Please, if you can, take the time to say a little prayer for Baltimore tonight. It’s so upsetting to see the unrest and violence happening so close to home. Tonight I’m praying for peace and love in a city that needs it right now and I ask that you all do the same

Guys don’t you realize you can’t fight fire with more fire. As a community, we are trying to make Baltimore a better place, please understand. Don’t glorify this shit. Being out in the streets protesting is one thing, but burning up the places you could have a job in or where a nigga you know needs to get food or a paycheck. Be smart. These are people’s neighborhoods. They’re releasing tear gas and I hope to God you all don’t blame this shit on police. This is you. You fake ass protesters. I’m not saying be passive but think how will this benefit. Answer it won’t. Don’t be passive don’t let this shit go unnoticed. Get his ass out of vacation and into court. But be smart. Think clearly. Treat others how you want to be treated.

I have the most difficult time when I get switched to this one particular station at work. The level 2 that works there (who is like the leader of the station) treats me like dirt and for no reason too. Every time I ask a question, she looks at me like “why in the hell are you talking to me?” And answers in a very similar fashion.

It’s horribly boring work and no one ever talks to me over there. It’s 5 hours of me being near tears, trying not to verbally assault the level two. I don’t like being so negative, but I also cannot stand when people have this idea that they are better than those “below” them. She is a student, she works at the caf, and with the way she treats me, she is no better than anyone else.

Please pray that I am able to make it through this shift without crying, and without being too overwhelmingly negative. I don’t want to ruin my week because I got metaphorically pooped on at work by getting my placement switched.