[Q 136] Prayer Validity on Impure Ground


If someone puts down a prayer mat to pray on, but the floor under the mat is not pure to pray on, and a part of his foot is (less than half) off the prayer mat and on the floor, will the prayer be valid?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الجواب بعون الملك الوهاب اللهم هداية الحق والصواب


If a thick prayer mat is placed over an impure floor and prayer is performed such that a foot or part of the body touches major impurity (najasat e ghaliza) underneath, and the area in contact covers more than the area of one dirham in impurity, then the prayer will not be valid. Provided that the impurity stayed on him for the amount of one Rukn (The amount of saying 3 times “سبحان اللہ”) or if he Prayed in an impure state for the amount of one Rukn.

The ruling will be different in case of minor impurity (Najasat E Khafifa).

This is because for the condition of purity of place to be fulfilled in prayer, it is necessary that the parts of prostration and feet are on a pure place.

Answered by: Tabaruk Madani (AskMufti Scholar)

Verified by:Mufti Sajid Attari

Translated by: Arslan Attari 

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