Praise be to Allaah.
We praise Allaah Who has guided you to Islam, and we ask Him
to make you steadfast in following guidance and in faith, for He is
All-Hearing, Ever Responsive.
With regard to prayer, it is not necessary to have the
agreement of the owner of the organization or business, and you do not have
to ask him for permission. Rather you have to perform the prayers even if he
does not approve of that, because there should be no obedience to any
created being if it involves disobedience towards the Creator, and the
command of Allaah takes precedence over the command of anyone else. So you
must perform the prayers at the appointed time, because Allaah says
(interpretation of the meaning):
“Verily, As‑Salaah (the prayer) is enjoined on the
believers at fixed hours”
If you pray without his
permission, your prayer is still valid and there is no sin on you.
With regard to some people who are not your mahrams seeing
you whilst you are praying, there is no sin on you for that, and your prayer
is valid so long as you are covered properly and wearing hijaab. When a
woman prays, she must cover all her body except her face and hands, if she
is in her own house or among her mahrams. But if she is in a place where non
mahrams could see her, she must cover all of her body including the face and
hands. We should also note that a woman should try to keep away from places
where men and women mix and places that are just for men, especially at
times of worship.
If sounds of music, swearing or other haraam sounds reach you
whilst you are praying, this does not affect the validity of your prayer, so
long as you are able to perform all the necessary and obligatory parts of
the prayer. But you should keep away from places where these haraam things
are likely to be, as much as possible, especially when performing the
prayers, because this is more conducive to having the proper humble and
focused attitude, and to pondering the meaning of the words you are
There is nothing wrong with praying near your desk so long as
you are able to perform all the necessary and obligatory parts of the
We advise you to strive to learn the basic rulings of Islam,
especially the prayer. We also appreciate your keenness to learn and your
interest. And Allaah is the Source of strength.