Prayer rug , Arabic sajjāda, Persian namāzlik, one of the major types of rug produced in central and western Asia, used by Muslims primarily to cover the bare ground or floor while they pray . Prayer rugs are characterized by the prayer niche, or mihrab, an arch-shaped design at one end of the carpet .
Praying on a mat is not a requirement of the prayer . You do not have to pray on a prayer mat or rug . As long as the place is clean and free from impurities you can pray there and you don’t need a mat . The Prophet (peace be upon him) would pray in the sand without a prayer mat .
“ Is it disrespectful to use a prayer rug as anything other than a prayer rug ?” No, unless you damage it and it isn’t yours. In which case you are actually disrespecting the ownership of it. Belief does not automatically gain respect.
It all began with the Prophet Mohammed, who prayed on a “khumrah”, a mat made of palm fronds. The five daily prayers must be conducted on a clean surface, and so the prayer mat serves that purpose and must be always kept clean itself.
Sunni Muslims pray five times a day, whereas Shia Muslims can combine prayers to pray three times a day. Shia prayers can often be identified by a small tablet of clay, from a holy place (often Karbala), on which they place their forehead while bowing in prayer .
A Muslim must perform wudu (ablution) before prayer , and must pray in a clean place. This is because the drawing of animate objects on Islamic prayer mats is forbidden. For Muslims, when praying, a niche, representing the mihrab of a mosque, at the top of the mat must be pointed to the Islamic center for prayer , Mecca.
Small square, large square or any shape of cloth to be used as a prayer mat is fine. I have used my suit jacket at times and my scarf and my winter jacket and a towel and a sheet of paper etc. Anything that is clean that I can use to keep my face off the ground works just fine.
The rugs can be handmade or manufactured, and come in a variety of fabrics. While many may allow for machine washing , the safest method of cleaning is a simple hand wash .
There exists no restriction on the matter, but you don’t want to be praying on a dirty mat , so if you can keep it clean, it is permissible. If you leave it to grow rank with sweat, it would be best to avoid praying on it.
Of course you can, If God is omni present, He is present in the toilet too. Its man-made rule that we shouldn’t pray in toilet . We can and we shall pray to him whenever we feel like. When we pray with our whole heart, even if we are in Toilet , he will respond there too.
A prayer rug or prayer mat is a piece of fabric used by Muslims, placed between the ground and the worshipper for cleanliness during the various positions of Islamic prayer , which involved prostration and sitting on the ground. A Muslim must perform wudu before prayer and pray in a clean place.
Becoming a Muslim You have to believe that there is only one God, Allah, who created the entire universe, and that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is his final messenger on earth. If you recite this, with total sincerity, in front of two witnesses, you have become a Muslim .