Can you close your eyes during Sujood? Hadith and Fatawa

Shah Muhammad Suhail

Can you close your eyes during sujood

You are a prayerful person. So every act of your prayer should be according to the Quran and Sunnah. Can you close your eyes during sujood? I am writing this post to inform you of this answer also according to Sunnah.

Our duty in praying is to follow the Prophet (PBUH) perfectly. the way he prayed or the way he instructed; Pray that way. Rasul (pbuh) said,

صَلُّوا كَمَا رَأَيْتُمُونِي أُصَلِّي

Pray as you see me praying. (Bukhari: 631)

Can you close your eyes during sujood?

No, you can not close your eyes during sujood because Rasulullah (SAW) used to keep his eyes on the place of prostration while praying. So it is Sunnah to keep the eyes in the place of prostration in prayer. If one prays with his eyes closed to maintain concentration, his prayer will not be invalidated. But this is contrary to the Sunnah and it is makruh to pray with eyes closed unless there is a major difficulty or obstacle.

Rasulullah (SAW) said,

إِذَا قَامَ أَحَدُكُمْ فِي الصَّلاةِ فَلا يَغْمِضْ عَيْنَيْهِ

Let him not close his eyes when one of you stands in prayer. (Muzame Tabrani)

But if one is forced to pray in a place where something is happening around or in front of him, it will be difficult to keep the focus while keeping the eyes open. Then there is an opportunity to close the eyes. But regular prayer with closed eyes cannot be made into a habit.

Why can’t you close your eyes during sujood?

Reciting Surah-Qaraat with eyes closed during prayer is an act contrary to the Sunnah. Some have called it haram, while others have called it a sacrificial act contrary to the Sunnah. So if someone thinks that closing his eyes will increase his concentration, his statement is not correct. Rather, it is the wrong thing to do.

If you are reciting the Qur’an for concentration, keep your eyes open and focus more. Eyes are needed to increase attention. Your focus is not built in the dark.

As a result, the instruction of Rasulullah (SAW) is that the servants of Allah should pray with their eyes open, not with their eyes closed. For this reason, it is not permissible to close the eyes and recite Surah-Qaraat.

Opinions of scholars

A brother asked a Muslim scholar – If I pray with my eyes closed, my concentration is a little more. So I usually close my eyes while standing in prayer. A few days ago, after seeing me praying with my eyes closed, my elder brother said, “Why do you close your eyes in prayer?” It is not right to pray like this.

The thing to know is – is he right? If you pray with your eyes closed, will there be any harm in prayer? I want to know the exact issue.

In answer to this question, the scholar said – while standing in prayer, keep the gaze in the place of prostration. It is makruh to close one’s eyes in prayer without necessity.

It has been narrated about the famous jurist and Muslim thinker Ibrahim Nakhayi (R.A.) that he preferred the sight not to cross the place of prostration. (Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaiba, narration: 6563)

Another Fiqh scholar and Muslim scholar, Mujahid (R.A.), is reported to have disliked closing his eyes in prayer. (Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaiba, narration: 6565)

Of course, if something comes up – which is an obstacle in maintaining focus in prayer; In that case, there is an opportunity to close the eyes to protect the attention. But praying regularly with eyes closed is makruh.
Reference: Kitabul Achal: 1/10; Badayus Sanaye : 1/507; Alfatawa Min Aq-Wilil Mashaikh, Page: 84; Jadul Fakir, Page: 152; Halbatul Muzalli : 2/254; Albahrur Rayek : 2/25; Addurrul Mukhtar: 1/645

FAQs

Is it forbidden to sujood with eyes closed?

Sujood with eyes closed is not haram. But it is against the Sunnah. If it was necessary to close the eyes to concentrate, the Prophet (PBUH) used to say that you should close your eyes and pray. He observed the prostration while praying and when sitting in Tashahhud, gazed upon the knee or his martyrdom finger. While standing, the gaze will be towards Sijda. This is the rule.

In Badaye’ book,

وَيُكْرهُ أَنْ يُغْمِضَ عَيْنَيْهِ فِي الصَّلَةِ; لِمَا رُوِيَ عَنْ النَّبِيِّ – صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ – أَنَّهُ نَهَى عَنْ تَغْمِيضِ الْعَيْنِ فِي الصَّلَةِ; وَلِأَنَّ السُّنَّةَ أَنْ يَرْمِيَ بِبَصَرِهِ إلَى مَوْضِعِ سُجُودِهِ وَفِي التَّغْمِيضِ تَرْكُ هَذِهِ السُّنَّةِ;

It is makruh to pray with eyes closed. Because the Prophet ﷺ forbade praying with eyes closed. And the Sunnah is to pray looking towards the place of Sajdah. If you close your eyes, this Sunnah becomes Taraq. (Badaye’ 1/216)

But if there is no khushukhuju (concentration) by keeping the eyes open, then sometimes the eyes can be closed a little. (Raddul Muhtar 1/645 Almughani 2/30)

Can you close your eyes to focus on prayer?

No, the Prophet (PBUH) worshiped with his eyes open. We will pray with our eyes open instead of closing our eyes. It is a matter of your mind that if you close your eyes instead of keeping them open, you can focus more on the prayer.

If it was necessary to close the eyes to concentrate, the Prophet (PBUH) used to say that you should close your eyes and pray.

He observed the prostration while praying and when sitting in Tashahhud, gazed upon the knee or his martyrdom finger. While standing, the gaze will be towards Sijda. This is the rule

What is the Hanafi Hajhab ruling on closing the eyes while praying?

It is makruh to close the eyes while praying. Because it is against the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him).

However, if there is any reason, such as, there is a design on the front wall or the carpet or the prayer rug, due to which the concentration of the prayer is lost, or there is a strong light in front of the person that may cause damage to the eyes, then there is no difficulty in closing the eyes.

That is, there is no problem if the reason is due. Otherwise, it is makruh. If you want to know more details about this, you can study the book Jadul Ma’ad by Imam Ibnul Qayyim.

What is the fatwa of closing the eyes while praying?

Many people close their eyes to increase concentration and concentration in prayer. No such thing is proven from Rasool (pbuh). When the Prophet (PBUH) prayed, he kept his eyes open.

Drishti used to be at the place of prostration. While sitting in Tashahhud, he kept an eye on the index finger. It is makruh to pray with eyes closed. Ayesha (RA) asked Hujra to remove the patterned curtain hanging on the wall because the Messenger of Allah (SAW) used to keep his eyes open in prayer. So it is Sunnah to pray with eyes open.

But yes, if needed; If there is a craft, design, flower, or any other object in front, which attracts attention or distracts or forgets the kerat and it is not possible to remove it, then there is no fault in closing the eyes. (Badayus Sanaye: 1/216; Fatawa Shami: 1/645; Almughni: 2/30)

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