Prayers - Keeping Eyes Closed for Concentration
  • Question:

    To obtain full concentration during our prayers is not an easy task because we are easily distracted by world affairs, is it permissible to close our eyes while praying to avoid this distraction?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    It is permissible to close one’s eyes during prayer if the intent is focus and concentration.

    If there is no purpose or meaningful objective to shut the eyes during ritual prayer, then it is disliked. (Zād al Ma’ad)

    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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