Why do some Muslims fold the top right of their prayer mats?

I asked a few who said that we should either remove the prayer mats or fold a portion of it else Shayatin will pray on it!!!

IMO (atleast) Iblees is aware of Allah and perhaps Iblees is more knowledgeable about Allah than many of the Muslims alive today.

The other beings who do decide to pray on those mats may actually be believing jinns.

So, what is the fiqh between the folding of mats? Or is it a bid'ah?

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    I've never seen this it has no backup in neither Quran nor sunnah must be something cultural.
    – Medi1Saif
    Nov 21, 2016 at 8:01
  • Doesn't even sound logical... like a spiritual being like a jinn needs to pray on your mat. And would that folding even be able to prevent them? Doesn't even sound logical to prevent something for pray .
    – Kilise
    Nov 21, 2016 at 21:49
  • @kilise Hence my question.
    – Ahmed
    Nov 22, 2016 at 5:34

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There is nothing in the Qur'an or authentic hadiths that mentions anything about Iblees praying on an unfolded prayer mat. There is also nothing in the Qur'an or authentic hadiths that refers to Iblees, or any other shaytan, praying in the first place.

From a fiqh point of view, folding the prayer mat, partially folding it, or leaving it unfolded is permitted. The only concern is keeping a prayer mat free of najas. Other than that, you may elect either option.

Just for the sake of mentioning it, there is an athar (not a hadith attributed to the Prophet) about a female jinn who used to visit the Prophet, but was late one day as she had to go to a girl's (another jinn) funeral in India. On her way, she saw a shaytan praying. This athar was mentioned in "The Fabricated Pearls in Fabricated Hadiths" (اللآلىء المصنوعة في الأحاديث الموضوعة) by Abdul-Rahman ibn Abi Bakr and Jalal Al-Din Al-Suyuti, which needless to say is fabricated, and definitely not authentic.


I have asked a scholar about this as well as I have seen people do this. Another one of those cultural practices which has no basis in Islam. There was a thread on a forum once with posts on such cultural traditions.


Assalamalikum Brothers, Folding Musalla from top first I.e. Virtical fold first is due to hygienic reason. If we fold this way we will never mix head side with the place where you put your feet. JazakAllah Khair


No, there is no sound basis on this. Ask them about, where they get those words from. If they give any reference, then verify it. In shaa Allah, They will never be able to prove this from Quraan wa Sunnah.

This is considered as an Bidayah or Innovation as saying some innovated thing and it is considered as disbelief if someone try to predict Ghaib without any basis.

Some point to be noted: 1. There is no need to respect prayer mat but it may considered as sanctity if you keep it safe. Allah knows best 2. For hygiene, it is better to fold the Musalla and keep it in clean place.

You can read this article to know some other things almost related to this:

Ruling on leaving the Mushaf open when one has finished reading from it.

Cleaning the mosque

  • Is there any hadith or Quranic Ayat which says we should not fold? A good reason is that we must not allow Iblees to use our JayeNamaz for offering prayers or misusing it. The same thing is true for Quran. Once we read the Quran, we must close the book if we are done or if we are leaving for an emergency. We must not deny the presence of Iblees. So this will protect our JayiNamz or Quran from misuse by Iblees. Logical: If we eat our meal and leave the dining table temporarily, we cover our leftover meal to save it from house flies and other germs. Folded Namz rug tells, Salat is unfinished. Nov 30, 2022 at 16:01

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