When entering restroom facilities, it is nice to be reminded of the many sunnahs that relate to using the bathroom, hygiene, etc. But is it haram to have a framed dua or Quranic verse hanging on the wall (in a picture frame)? Thank you in advance. Wasalaam.

  • Can you elaborate on what you exactly mean by a 'hanging a prayer'? – Ahmed Apr 20 '18 at 16:48
  • I.e. a framed Arabic prayer – tilikoom Apr 20 '18 at 16:49
  • I guess that means "hanging a Qur'an verse in Arabic" or "hanging a dua in Arabic"; it doesn't make sense to "hang a prayer" (which is an action involving recitation, prostration, etc.). – Rebecca J. Stones Apr 21 '18 at 10:51
  • @RebeccaJ.Stones I edited it. Sorry I was not clear. Let me know if I should edit it any further. – tilikoom Apr 21 '18 at 13:02

It would be better if one would learn the prayers (duas) by heart and practice the sunnah. Over time it will become second nature and you would need no external form of reminding.

Below is a Hadith that prohibited prayer (salaat) in a bathroom but the classification is Daif.

It was narrated that Ibn 'Umar said: "Allah's Messenger prohibited prayer from being performed in seven places: The garbage dump, the slaughtering area, the graveyard, the commonly used road, the bathroom, in the area that camels rest at, and above the Ka'bah."

Sunan Ibn Majah 746

Also as per Fathul Bari vol.1 pg.197; Daarul Qur’aan

If a person forgets to read the Du’aa before entering the toilet, then the Du’aa should be read in one’s heart, not on the tongue. However, if the toilet and bathroom are combined, then before entering the actual place of toilet, one may read the Du’aa verbally, on condition one is not unclothed.

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    I don't see how this answers the question "is it haram", I can only see how it answers "is it the most recommended course of action". – G. Bach Apr 20 '18 at 23:55
  • @G.Bach honestly you are correct. I accepted the answer because Ahmed put alot of effort into it. Perhaps that was not the wisest decision. Ahmed, would you be able to confirm this as halal or haram? Jazak. – tilikoom Apr 21 '18 at 12:12
  • Hanging ayahs or duas on the walls in general is contrary to the practice of the Prophet (SAW) and the Khulafaa’ al-Raashidin (RA), who never did such a thing. The best way is to follow them and not to introduce bid‘ah. Since it was never a practice there are not many Hadiths that talk on the subject directly. You can further deduce the ijtehad on the practice w.r.t washroom. Please also visit this link which has a response by Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid : islamqa.info/en/254 ... And Allah knows best and we pray to Him to guide us to the straight path. Ameen. – Ahmed Apr 21 '18 at 14:02
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    @Ahmed Your answer says nothing about bidah; if your answer is "it's haram because it's bidah", your answer should reflect that. – G. Bach Apr 21 '18 at 18:29
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    @G.Bach If you have a different opinion, please do feel free to enlighten us. We all learn through sharing on this forum. :-) – Ahmed Apr 22 '18 at 14:53

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