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Lying sleeping on stomach

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Just to elaborate:

Lying on the stomach is disapproved generally, no matter where it is (e.g. at home in bed). So, this does not just apply to the masjid.

Am I correct?


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Lying sleeping on stomach

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Hadrat Yaish bin Tikhfah Al-Ghifari (r.a.) reported: ‘My father said: “I was lying down on my belly in the masjid when someone shook me with his foot, and said, "Lying down this way (upon one’s stomach) is disapproved by Allah.`` I looked up and saw that it was Messenger of Allah (saws).”’

Related by Abu Dawud.


Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 4718 Narrated by Abu Hurayrah

When Allah's Messenger (saws) saw a man lying on his stomach he said, "This is a method of lying down which Allah does not like."


Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 4731 Narrated by Abu Dharr

The Prophet (saws) came upon him when he was lying on his stomach, jerked him with his foot and said, "Jundub, only those who go to Hell (the Shayateen) lie like this!"


Sleeping or lieing on the stomach is a detestable act in the Sight of Allah, for it is the position in which the Shaytaan lies and sleeps. Allah and His Messenger (saws) have categorically prohibited the believers from lying or sleeping on their stomachs, regardless of wherever they might be.


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