Praying while hanging ID cards with photo
Fatwa No: 90506

Question

We are working in Hamad Hospital here in Doha Qatar. They are giving employee cards with little employee details and photograph and it should be hanged in front of the dress that's the rule. Shall we pray while that card with photo is on the front of our dress?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

 

The majority of the scholars  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them are of the view that it is disliked to pray in clothes that have pictures, or hold [or carry] things that have pictures on them during the prayer as this distracts a person during his prayer. Anas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him narrated that 'Aa'ishah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her had a curtain with which she covered one side of her room, so the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) told her: “Take this curtain away from me, its pictures are distracting me from my prayer.” [Al-Bukhari] Imaam Al-Bukhari  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him wrote a chapter in his book about this and entitled it: “The chapter of the dislikeability of performing the prayer in clothes that have pictures.

So it is more appropriate to take off the card on which there is a picture during the prayer so that it will not distract the person from the prayer.

Allaah Knows best.

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