Praying while sitting down due to injury
  • Question:

    I have had a knee operation and cannot bend my legs. It means I cannot do sujood. Is it permissible for me to pray from a chair or sitting down?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    May Allah Almighty bless you with treatment, healing and cure. When one is in a state where they are unable to physically go into the posture of prostration, it is permissible for them to perform the prayer while being seated on a chair.

    Imam Kaasaani has written, “...If a person is able to stand but unable to perform ruku’ and sujood he will pray with motions while being seated. If he prays with motions while standing, it will be sufficient however it is not preferable [to do as such].”

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah institute
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