Clothes in Salaat

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The Crown of the Believer (Conclusive Proof of the Sunnah Status of the Topi)
(Mufti Husain Kadodia)


Q. Many people here are wearing a cloak with a hood. They (i.e. imams) perform Salaat with it and it has become very popular trend among muslims. One student of the deen from North Africa said that it has been traditionally worn to help them concentrate when they are memorizing. He himself wore it and says there is nothing wrong with it? When they want to concentrate, they put on the hood so they are not distracted by what is going on around them. One brother said that they look like the devils/shaitaan and are frightened by them. One brother said that they look like Christian monks. I have sent you a picture. Is this sunnah? Will this effect your salaat? Is it permissible to wear this?

A. Performing Salaat with the hideous hood is Makrooh. It is in conflict with the Sunnah to dress in this manner, especially when performing Salaat. It is not permissible to adopt such a hood for Salaat. The hood covers the entire face. It is better to perform Salaat without the hood even if a thousand thoughts enter the mind. To close the eyes during Salaat habitually is also Makrooh since it is in conflict with the Sunnah. When it is Makrooh to even close the eyes during Salaat, then to a greater extent will it be wrong to cover the entire face. Regardless of the good intention of desiring to gain concentration, Salaat should be performed with decent dress, which is not in conflict with the Sunnah. If there was any merit in covering the face during Salaat in this way, the Sahaabah would have done it, the Auliya would have done it, and the Fuqaha (Jurists of Islam) would have advised it. But no authority of the Shariah has ever advocated such a hood, which portrays resemblance with the Ku Klux Klan.


Q. Is it permissible to perform Salaat with shirt sleeves above the elbows?

A. It is of the respects of Salaat to have the elbows covered like the head is covered. To leave the elbows uncovered during Salaat is Makrooh Tanzihi which reduces the Thawaab of the Salaat. It must also be borne in mind that constant perpetration of a Makrooh Tanzihi act transforms it (Makrooh Tanzihi) into a Makrooh Tahrimi which is a reprehensible and forbidden act. For worldly occasions and gatherings people observe all types of manmade and un-Islamic rules, customs and etiquette, but for the holiest of holy and greatest of great occasion (i.e. Salaat) Muslims nowadays think nothing of discarding and ignoring the proper Islamic decorum and etiquette — the proper Sunnat etiquette which is so necessary for obtaining the Supreme Pleasure of Allah Azza Wa Jal.


Q. Nowadays Muslim females are wearing pants and very short tops which end just where the zip of the pants is situated. The pants have long slits which begin below the knees or half way down the knees. There is no lining nor a slip under these pants. They are also wearing dresses with big slits with no lining or anything whatsoever under the dresses. When they walk their bare legs show. I am aware that this type of dress is immoral and not permissible. What is the Shariah’s ruling when they perform Salaat with such ugly garments?

A. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that there will be numerous women who used to wear garments on earth but will be naked on the Day of Qiyaamah. Women who wear see-through clothes, tight-fitting garments and the type of immoral dress described in the question all come within the purview of this Hadith. Such women are lewd and are within the category of adultresses. Having lining or a slip under these immoral garments makes no difference. Wearing such evil dress even under the jilbaab is haraam. Performing Salaat with such immoral dress is Makrooh even if the entire body is covered with a jilbaab. Muslim women should never wear such evil styles of garments.


Q. If the topee (hat) falls off during Salaat, should it be replaced?

A. Yes, it should be replaced with as little movement as possible.


Q. What is the status of a Salaat if someone performs it with a turban under which there is no topi?

A. It is Makrooh Tahrimi (forbidden and sinful) to discard the topi even if the amaamah is worn. It is incumbent to wear a topi under the amaamah (turban) whether in or out of Salaat. It is Makrooh Tahrimi of a greater degree to perform Salaat with an amaamah under which there is no topi.


Q. Is it permissible to make Sajdah with a thick winter-cap reaching on my forehead?

A. Yes, you may make Sajdah with your thick winter cap. However, ensure that you firmly press your head down.


Q. A local qaari told a hafiz who had folded his trousers above his ankles that it is haraam to have the trousers folded up in Salaat. Is he correct?

A. The local qari displays a queer mentality. He should rather say and tell the hafiz that it is haraam at all times to wear a trousers which is below the ankles. When the hafiz commits the haraam act of unfolding his trousers after Salaat, then the qari adopts silence, and when he rectifies his haraam act by folding up the trousers, then the qari objects. His mind operates in reverse order.


Q. Is it mandatory for a man's feet to be covered during Salaat?

A. No, there is no need for a man’s feet or a woman’s feet to be covered during Salaat.


Q. Some people perform Salaat with ‘bermuda’ style pants or wit shorts which cover the knees. Is this permissible?

A. It is most disrespectful to perform Salaat with shorts even if the knees are covered. Bermuda pants are a haraam kuffaar style. It is therefore haraam to perform Salaat with kufr style. It is not permissible. Those who perform Salaat in this lewd fashion have no respect for Allah Ta’ala. When one performs Salaat, one is in the Presence of Allah Ta’ala. It is necessary to be Islamically and respectfully dressed when standing in the Divine Presence to perform Salaat. Similalrly it is not permissible to be dressed with only a T-shirt and a pants during Salaat. Such Salaat has to be compulsorily repeated with descent Islamic dress.


Q. If one is performing Salaat alone and no one is present, will it still be necessary to cover the full satr?

A. Even if one is alone and in pitch darkness, Salaat will not be valid if the satr is exposed, and even if one is not performing Salaat, then too will it be haraam to expose one’s satr regardless of being alone.


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