Is it permissible to perform prayer when the computer or television is on?

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Is it permissible to perform prayer when the computer or television is on?
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Television and computer are not haram by themselves. However, if the images on these devices prevent someone performing his/her prayer in khushu(humbly), it will be makrooh (abominable). It will be makrooh like praying in a room where there is a photograph though it does not catch the attention. The closer the image to the scope of the view of a praying  person, the more makruh (abominable) it will be.

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