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We live in a Student Hostel in Austria. There is a room that has been specified as prayer room for Christians. However, We are using that room for our daily prayers. The carpet in the room has pictures of animals on it. We some times put a cloth over it but at times pray without any cloth. Is it necessary to put cloth on the carpet?


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Pray carpet animals

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There is absolutely no harm in offering your prayers in the Christian prayer room, and if there are animate pictures on the carpet, it would be best to pray on a prayer mat or cloth which would cover the area where your prayer is being offered. But if a situation arises where there is no prayer mat or cloth available to cover the picture, the prayers prayed will still be considered absolutely valid.


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