The Law of Cleaning Gravel in Prostration Place (Sujud)

Islamic Rule Today: The Law of Cleaning Gravel in the Prostration Place (Sujud)~ Hi all readers! In this article I will explain what we should do when there is a gravel in the place of prostration that we will use for prayer and the law. Indeed, we rarely find this case, but it is not impossible that we will experience it if we pray outside the room where the cleanliness is very concerned, such as if praying on the mosque or even in the field.

As usual, before I explain about cleaning gravel in the prostration place (Sujud), I will quote a hadith that is specifically related to our discussion. The hadith that I mean is as follows;

عَنْ أَبِيْ ذَرٍّ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ ؛ قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ؛ إِذَا قَامَ أَحَدُكُمْ فِيْ الصَّلَاةِ فَلَا يَمْسَحْ الْحَصَى فَإِنَّ الرَّحْمَةَ تُوَاجِهُهُ . رَوَاهُ الْخَمْسَةُ

From Abu Dharr radliyallaahu anhu, he said, “Allah‘s Messenger sallallaahu alaihi wa salalm said, “If one of you will pray, then do not clean the gravel (which is in the place of prostration), because the mercy is facing him.” Hadith it was narrated by five people (Ahmad, Abu Daud, at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa’i, Ibn Majah).


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There are several important things related to the hadith above that we must know;

One; The hadith explain about additional grace from Allah for those who pray.

Two; We better not clean the gravel in the prostration so that we are not busy with other things besides prayer.

Three; We may clean gravel that can hurt us when we are praying once.

All readers! If we look at the hadith and brief explanation above, then of course we already know about the answers to the questions above. There is a difference about that. Everything depends on the context. If the pebbles in the place of prostration can protect us, then we may clean them, even then only once. I think we already know what we have to do.

One more important thing we must know is that the above hadith does not tell us to put gravel in a place we will use to prostrate. If we pay attention to the hadith above, we will understand that the context is coincidence; if there happens to be a pebble in the place we are going to use for prayer, it is better not to clean it.

Thus, a brief explanation of the law of cleaning gravel in the prostration place (Sujud). Do you understand? The problem is simple and the explanation is very clear. So, I hope you understand! If you have questions, please ask!

I think that is enough for this article. May be useful! Amen!

See you again in the next article!


The explanation above I found in, Hasan Sulaiman an-Nuri and ‘Alawi Abbas al-Maliki, Ibaanatu al-Ahkaam Syarhu Buluughi al-Maraam, Dar al-Fikr, Beirut, Vol. I, p.255.


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