In the name of Allah the Most Gracious the Most Merciful
Is it Permissible to Face a Fire or a Heater While Praying?
By Shaykh Saalih bin Fawzaan al-Fawzaan, may Allah preserve him
Question: Some people at times, particularly due to extreme weather and cold, have to light a fire or heater such that it is in front of them when they pray. Should one place it in the direction of the qiblah?Answer: The scholars say it is disliked to face a fire even if it were a lamp. So he should not face fire (of any type), rather he should put it to the side and not in front of him because this is imitating the Magians who worship fire.
Translated by Staff, Y.P