Q 8: Is it prohibited
to cover the walls with curtains?
Yes, it is prohibited based on what is related by
Muslim in his Sahih (authentic) Book of Hadith on the authority of
Zayd ibn (Part No. 24; Page No. 99) Khalid Al-Juhany from
Abu Talhah Al-Ansary who narrated that he heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saying,
Angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog or statues." So Abu Talhah went to
`Aishah and said, "So-and-so tells me that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said that angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog or statues. Have you heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saying such thing?" She said, "No, but I will tell you what he did say. Once he set out in a battle, so I took a velvety cloth and put it on the door (like a certain). When he came back and saw it, anger appeared on his face and he pulled it down and tore it (or cut it). He (peace be upon him) said, 'Verily, Allah did not order us to cover the rocks and mud.' So we made the cloth into two cushions stuffed with palm fibers and he did not object to that."
May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.