Placing wooden boards in the Masājid to be used as Sutrah


Our Virtuous Shaykh, the presence of pieces of wood which people take as a Sutrah for the prayer become wide spread in our Masājid all over Morocco.

Is taking it as a Sutrah, or only praying infront of it, permissible?


This is from the blameworthy burdening of oneself which is warned from, as declared as such by the Standing Committee with Ibn Bāz at its head.

It’s upon a person who entered the Masjid wanting to pray, to take whatever is easy for him, as a Sutrah.

This is what the Prophet ﷺ and his companions did.

When the call to the prayer was called they would go towards to the pillars, or one of them would take his brother as a Sutra, or the wall or other than this.

And they didn’t put anything in the Masjid for this purpose.

Contrary to the prayer while in open spaces, like a Musala, or while travelling; it was from the custom of the Prophet ﷺ to only pray in open spaces with an ‘Anazah (staff) infront of him, as mentioned by Al-Hāfidh in “Fathl Bāri”.

The ‘Anazah is a stick which is half the size of a spear, with metal on its lower part.

And in the two Sahihs on the authority of Ibn ‘Umar, is that the Prophet ﷺ would when leaving to pray on the day of ‘Eid request for a spear and it would be placed it infront of him, and pray towards it, and the people behind him.
And likewise would do this while travelling.

Answered by:
Shaykh Abu Hatim Yusuf Al-‘Inaabi Al-Jazaa’iree – may Allah preserve him.


Answered on:
27th, Muharram, 1438H

Translated by:
Abu ‘Abdirrahman ‘Abdullaah bin Ahmed Ash-Shingaani