Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Wassim Youssef, the preacher of Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed the First Mosque in the UAE, responded to those who said that football players are not allowed to prostrate, amid widespread interaction and circulation of pictures and video clips of players in the Moroccan national team after matches and after scoring goals in the Qatar World Cup 2022. They are prostrating.
This came in statements by Lusim Youssef to CNN in Arabic, where he said: “There is nothing wrong with the players prostrating wherever they are sweet and they travel. The Prophet, may God bless him and grant him peace, said, “The earth has been made for me as a mosque and a purification, so the player prostrates wherever he goes, so the land is pure for him, and the second issue, which is the most important, is that they prostrate prostration of gratitude, and the Companions were pleased.” If they did something that made them happy, or news reached them that made them happy, they would prostrate to God with joy.
And he added: “Those are playing, so they were happy with their success, so they prostrated to God thanks, and those who say that it is not permissible, are the ones who prevented, where is the evidence for prohibition? The earth is a mosque and a purification for me).
And he continued, saying: “The second text is that the Companions and the Prophet, may God bless him and grant him peace, used to do this if news reached them that made them happy, so those who say that it is permissible have texts with them, and whoever says that it is forbidden must bring evidence. What does it prevent?
And Wasim Youssef continued, saying: “Suppose if the Prophet, may God bless him and grant him peace, was, for example, motivating horse racing, and I, for example, won the horses, so I got off my horses and prostrated. What prevents? Wasn’t I playing? And I prostrated to God, thank you that I won.”
Regarding the Moroccan national team’s performance, Wassim Youssef said: “Congratulations to Morocco. It did not lose for me, and I ask God to make them happy.. Do not pay attention to those (who criticize the player’s prostration).