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Question and Answer:

Q.  Is it permissible to face the feet towards the Qiblah and sleep? M bed is positioned in such a way that the leg side of the bed faces the Qiblah. Due to limited space, I cannot change the direction of the bed

 

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A. The Ulama have considered it to be a gesture of disrespect to stretch one’s feet towards the Qiblah whilst awake or sleeping. As a gesture of respect for the Qiblah, you should try to avoid facing your legs towards the Qiblah. If your bed cannot be repositioned, try to angle your legs slightly or retract them so that they do not face the Qiblah directly. If your feet happen to face the Qiblah whilst you are asleep, you will not be sinful since this is not in your control. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said:

 

"The pen is raised for three types of people (i.e.; they are not accountable for their deeds), a person who is sleeping until he wakes up, a child until he becomes Baligh and an insane person until he gains sanity” (Abu Dawood, Hadith #: 4405, Narrated by Ali) 

 

And Allah Knows Best

 

 

Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed

 

Confirmation:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai


Fatwa Department

Jamiatul Ulama (KZN)
Council of Muslim Theologians

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Question and Answer:

Q.  Is it permissible to face the feet towards the Qiblah and sleep? M bed is positioned in such a way that the leg side of the bed faces the Qiblah. Due to limited space, I cannot change the direction of the bed

 

(Question published as received)

 

 

A. The Ulama have considered it to be a gesture of disrespect to stretch one’s feet towards the Qiblah whilst awake or sleeping. As a gesture of respect for the Qiblah, you should try to avoid facing your legs towards the Qiblah. If your bed cannot be repositioned, try to angle your legs slightly or retract them so that they do not face the Qiblah directly. If your feet happen to face the Qiblah whilst you are asleep, you will not be sinful since this is not in your control. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said:

 

"The pen is raised for three types of people (i.e.; they are not accountable for their deeds), a person who is sleeping until he wakes up, a child until he becomes Baligh and an insane person until he gains sanity” (Abu Dawood, Hadith #: 4405, Narrated by Ali) 

 

And Allah Knows Best

 

 

Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed

 

Confirmation:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

Fatwa Department

Jamiatul Ulama (KZN)

Council of Muslim Theologians

 

Aapa,

 

Its not a good enough explaination to answer the critics and leaves a lot to be desired. Do you have something else to add to this topic?

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Aapa,

 

Its not a good enough explaination to answer the critics and leaves a lot to be desired. Do you have something else to add to this topic?

 

No I don't. I came across this and since it was a common question I added it. If you have any other information, please do add.

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