Fatwa: # 28033
Category: Jurisprudence and Rulings...
Country: United States
Date: 16th January 2014


Are leather or other halal animal skins halal for use as a prayer mat?


Are leather or other halal animal skins halal for use as a prayer mat? Mainly for thier durability and long lasting usage.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.


Leather from the skin of any animal, with the exception of the skin of human beings and pigs becomes pure upon tanning. It is permissible to use such tanned skin as a prayer mat.[1]


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Muhammad Haris Siddiqui

Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.






[1] قال و كل إهاب دبغ فقد طهر و جازت الصلاة فيه، و الوضوء منه إلا جلد الخنزير و الآدمي (الهداية شرح بداية المبتدي 1\146)

 و كل إهاب دبغ: فقد طهر، إلا جلد الخنزير، و الآدمي (كنز الدقائق 142)

فالدباغ تطهير للجلود كلها إلا جلد الإنسان والخنزير (كتاب بدائع الصنائع في ترتيب الشرائع 1\85)

و كل إهاب دبغ و هو يحتملها طهر (الدر المختار 1\203)

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