The Muslim, His Prayer and The Stool: Is it permissible?
Many people, especially those not of the Muslim faith, will find it strange to see someone pray while sitting on a stool or chair. Some may even try to understand the permissibility of such act in Islam.
Standing, bowing and prostrating are pillars or essential parts of the Salah (prayer). Whoever can do them, it is obligatory for him to do them in the manner prescribed in Islam. However, Whoever is not able to do them because of sickness or old age, it is permissible for him to sit on the ground or on a chair.
One of the companions of Prophet Muhammad( Peace be upon him) had an illness and he came to inquire about his prayer, as to which Prophet Muhammad said:
“… ‘Pray standing up; if you cannot, then pray sitting down; and if you cannot, then pray (lying) on your side.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1066.
This is an indication of the permissibility of such action. It is important to note that many made their conclusions above out of ignorance or assumption and it is hoped that this will help clarify and educate them.