Keeping stuff toys: Is my prayer acceptable in the presence of them?
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I have stuff toys in my room but when i offer prayer i use to hide them. Is my prayer acceptable in the presence of them?
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Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 8.151 Narrated by Aisha
I used to play with dolls in the presence of the Prophet (saws), and my girl friends also used to play with me. When the Messenger of Allah (saws) used to enter (my dwelling place) they used to hide themselves, but the Prophet (saws) would call them to join and play with me.
There is absolutely no harm if one has children's toys like dolls or stuffed toys in one's home. To the best of our knowledge, we have not come across any authentic hadith which requires the believers to 'hide' or 'cover' the stuff toys in one's homes for their prayers to be accepted. And Allah Alone Knows Best.
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