[Q-ID0641] Is it permissible to sleep or sit with our feet stretched towards the Qiblah?

QUESTION:

What do the noble ulamā say regarding the sleeping of a person with feet stretched towards the Qiblah or a person’s sitting in this way?

ANSWER:

بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب

Sleeping or sitting with the feet stretched towards the Qiblah is disliked, prohibited and disrespectful.  Just as Ala Hazrat al-Imām Ahmad Ridā Khān (May Allah shower him with mercy) mentions:

To sleep with the feet stretched in the direction of the honoured Ka’bah, in fact whether stretching of the feet towards it is in the state of sleep or wakefulness, lying down or seated, in every way it is prohibited and disrespectful. Yes, that ill person who does not have the strength to sit or stand then one of the methods of his delivering of the prayer is that his feet side be towards the Qiblah and a pillow be placed beneath his head so that his face is towards the honoured Ka’bah. This is due to a necessity and a person who is not ill cannot analogise himself upon that.”

[al-Fatāwā al-Ridwiyyah Volume 23 page 385]

الله أعلم عز و جل و رسوله أعلم صلى الله تعالى عليه وآله و سلم

Answered by Muftī Abū al-Sālih Muhammad Qāsim al-Qādirī
26th Muharram al-Harām 1434 AH (11th December 2012)

Translated by Mawlana Ibrar Shafi

Source: Dār al-Iftā Ahl al-Sunnah (Da’wat e Islami)

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