One slice of Peace!
Alhamdulilah, Allah (SWT) has given us the whole earth as a place of worship! As muslims we are not limited to one specific place to perform our daily prayers. As long as the area is clean, we’re good to go.
Growing up we’ve always seen our mom pray at the corner of her bedroom. Unintentionally, we’ve been praying at the corner of bedroom even though there are plenty of spaces in other rooms. We see our children are also drawn to corner of our bedroom when she is praying years after years; generation after generations! That corner became our designated prayer space for the entire family.
A Muslim home prayer corner is very easy to establish as you just need to establish a quieter, prayerful environment. However, since we pray 5 times a day we often designate one space/area for prayer. How can we make that area a space for calm and peace?
Here are some amazing tips on how to decorate a Muslim prayer corner within your home:
Prayers need concentration and privacy. A prayer space facilitates an isolated place where there is no noise so you can focus while praying and enjoy the spiritual elevation which you can’t ever think of while praying amongst the hustle and bustle of your family gathering places.
ü So, you must be very careful about choosing the right space. Where is the best place within your home for you to pray facing the qibla? Assess your home and pick a spot. Find an inviting spot in your home, such as a corner nook in the bedroom or living room. You just need it big enough for your prayer rug. A spot by a window is a good idea, or a secluded spot in the home. Try to keep this space special and set apart exclusively for quiet prayer and spiritual reading, and avoid using it for other activities (such as checking your phone).
Just like any traditional Muslim prayer area, our prayer corner faces the Qiblah. We have a basket that holds prayer rugs for each member of the family, scarves for me and my daughter, robes to cover ourselves properly if we are in t-shirts at home and the Quran.
ü Be simple and just gather the essentials. A prayer area needs only a prayer rug. If you want, you can place a basket, ladder or a small side table to neatly tuck away prayer rugs, scarves, robes or long prayer garment. Keep the Qur’an easily accessible and books you may want to read or journals you may want to reflect on after Salah. If you use tasbeeh, keep one with your prayer rugs for easy access after salah.
When you have a family, creating a dedicated space for salah in your home serves as an important purpose for your children that signal the importance of making time and space for prayer in their lives. It’ll hopefully inspire them to create one of their own someday, too.
ü Try to create an atmosphere for a spiritual experience. This can be very minimalist or you can choose to be creative. Whatever you choose, keep it simple, and uncluttered. You want to create a space where you are drawn to connect with Allah swt, rather than experiencing a sensory overload. Here are a few ideas to decorate your salah space –
- Install decorative wall shelves or a small book shelf for placing the Quran and other Islamic books.
- Decorate the walls with inspirational Quranic verses, calligraphy or other Islamic art free of human or animal figures. Hang any artwork on the side of the walls and not directly in the front.
- Place a decorative box to store your prayer beads, duas card, etc.
Do you have a prayer corner in your home? How do you have it set up? Does the designated space encourage you or your family members to spend more time in Salah, dhikr and spiritual reading? Please let us know in the Comment Box!