Is It Obligatory for a Woman to Pray While Sitting in a Public Place?

Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad


Is it permissible for women to pray normally in public spaces, or should they only pray whilst sitting in a chair? I was praying in a park and was told by a lady that it was haram to pray like that when there were men around, and that I should only pray sitting in a chair.


Thank you for your question. May Allah reward the intentions of that lady, but I’m afraid she is mistaken, this is why it is incumbent that all Muslims review their personally obligatory knowledge and not spread ignorance among the Muslims.

You will find your answer here:

Can Women Pray Standing in Public?

May Allah give you the best of this world and the next.
[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria, for two years, where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, tafsir, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin and completed her Master’s in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan, where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She later moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.