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Close eyes and child in prayer: Bismillah Arehman Arahim.Asalam-o-Alakum. Dear sir, My question is if i close my eyes during praying is my Prayer accepted.Its because i can concentrate much more when i close my eyes during praying.My other Question is my son stands with me while im praying some times he comes in front of me he is only 2 year and cannot perform sajda or rokow what should i do in this situation.

q-1: My question is if i close my eyes during praying is my Prayer accepted.Its because i can concentrate much more when i close my eyes during praying

Holy Quran Chapter 33 Surah Ahzab verse 21:

There is indeed the best model for you to follow, in the Messenger of Allah, for every such person looks forward to Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much.

 

The Messenger of Allah (saws) always prayed with his eyes open and there is no authentic narration whereby he advised the believers to pray with their eyes open,  or closed.   Thus, it should not be considered a form of virtue to pray with one’s eyes closed, nor a sin.

 

It is upto the individual’s preference if one chooses to close his eyes while praying,  especially if something is distracting him, or he thinks that he can concentrate better on the prayers by keeping his eyes closed.  Both ways, his prayer will be valid.   


 

But if one wants to follow the example of the Messenger of Allah (saws); he prayed with his eyes open.

 

Q-2: My other Question is my son stands with me while im praying some times he comes in front of me he is only 2 year and cannot perform sajda or rokow what should i do in this situation.

Abu Qatadah reports that the Prophet (saws) was offering salah and Umamah bint Zainab was on his neck [shoulder]. When he (saws) performed ruku', he put her down, and when he got up from his sajdah, he would place her back on his neck. Amr inquired during which salah this happened.  Ibn Juraij said that it is related from Zaid ibn Abu 'Atab from 'Amr ibn Salim that this happened in the obligatory ‘fajr’ prayer.

Related by Ahmad and  an-Nasa'i.

 

Abdullah ibn Shidad relates that his father said: "The Messenger of Allah (saws) came to us either during the noon or afternoon prayers and he was carrying (his grandson) Hassan or Hussain. The Prophet (saws) proceeded to the front and put him down and made the takbir for the salah.  During the salah, he made a long sajdah. I raised my head and saw the child on the back of the Messenger of Allah (saws) while he was in sajdah.  I returned to my sajdah. When the Messenger of Allah (saws) finished the salah, the people said to him: 'O Messenger of Allah (saws), you prostrated during your salah so long that we suspected you were thinking about some matter or you were receiving some revelation.'  He (saws) said: 'None of that happened, but my (grand)-son was resting, and I hated to rush him until he had finished what he desired."'

Related by Ahmad, an-Nasa'i, and al-Hakim.

 

There is absolutely no harm if your infant son comes in front of you while you are in your state of prayer.  If you wish you could even carry him in your arms and continue your prayers, or if he is exactly on your place of prostration when you wish to perform the ruku or sajdah, you could gently move him aside and continue your prayer.  The presence of a small child in the vicinity of one’s prayer space does not invalidate the prayer of the believer in any way whatsoever.  One may even carry the child if one wishes, or gently move them aside and continue their prayer as normal.

 

 


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