Is it Makruh to perform Tahyat al-Masjid (greeting the mosque) towards the middle of the Mihrab (the place where Imam leads the prayers)?
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and may His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.
There is no blame to perform an optional prayer in front of al-Mihraab. But, according to al-Malikiyah, it is disliked for an Imam to perform an optional prayer inside al-Mihraab.
al-Dassuqi said that Malik said: 'An Imam should not perform an optional prayer in the place from which he leads an obligatory prayer (i.e. al-Mihraab), but this is permitted for the one who pray alone or to a follower' .
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