Was My Prayer Invalid Due to Being Distracted by Background Conversations While Praying at Work?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Sufyan Qufi


While praying at work, I found myself listening to/distracted by my colleagues’ background conversations. I wasn’t fully concentrating in some of the rak’a, but then I started concentrating properly again. Was my Prayer Invalid?


No, your prayer was valid because you didn’t commit any actions that would invalidate the prayers. [Shurunbulali, Nur al-Idah]

Invalidators of the prayer include failing to fulfill one of its conditions, such as being in a state of wudu or performing an action that would break the prayer, such as uttering worldly speech or excessive movement. [ibid]

Simply being distracted by one’s surroundings is not one of those. [ibid]

Nonetheless, you should strive, whenever possible, to pray in a place free of distraction.

Please see this reader to help you with your focus during the prayer:

Prayer Reader: The Ultimate Guide To Prayer in Islam

And Allah knows best.

[Ustadh] Sufyan Qufi
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Sufyan Qufi is an advanced seeker of knowledge, originally from Algeria, who grew up in France. He began searching for ways to learn Islam reliably and was disappointed at the answers he found locally.

Then, he connected with various traditional teachers and gradually connected with SeekersGuidance. He embarked on his journey of learning through the various teachers at SeekersGuidance, including his mentor, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

He studied numerous texts in Islamic Law, Theology, Hadith, and other areas with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and other teachers, including Shaykh Abdurrahman al-Sha‘ar, Shaykh Ali Hani, and others.

He is an active instructor at SeekersGuidance and answers questions through the SeekersGuidance Answers Service.