19 Rabīʿ al-Thānī '44 — Fatwā

Should one pray with a prayer rug which contains a picture of the Kaʿbah?

Bismillāhir-Raḥmānir-Raḥīm

We see in many prayer rugs that contain pictures of the Kaʿbah. But should we actually pray on these?

A fatwā from Sheikh ibn Bāz (رحمه الله) will answer this question, ʾIn shāʾ Allāh:

He (رحمه الله) was asked:

"We find that some of the rugs we pray on have images of the Kaʿbah and Masjid an-Nabawī on them, so what is the ruling on praying on these rugs?"

Then he (رحمه الله) responded:

"These rugs should not be prayed on. Standing on the Kaʿbah and having it beneath your feet is a type of belittlement. It is not permissible to place images of the Kaʿbah upon rugs and we should not purchase them. Because if it is in front of him it will be a distraction, and if it is beneath his feet then it is considered denigration. Therefore to be on the safe side the believer should not use these rugs."

So the benefit of this fatwā is that prayer rugs with pictures of the Kaʿbah on it should not be prayed on.

I ask Allāh to have great mercy on Sheikh ibn Bāz, and reward him for his great contributions to the religion of Islām.

May Allāh bless you, and shukran.

Source : Extracted from audio clip, and translated by Rāshīd ibn Estes Barbī (حفظه الله).