About wearing hijab and cover in prayer
  • Is it permissible to wear scarf / hijab or covering with writing on it such as brand label e.g. Gucci, CK, and can anyone pray while wearing it?
    During prayer the outer wrap or scarf that is worn to cover the hands and body sometimes gets in the way of sajda, what to do in this situation? Also in the case of hair, ankles and feet sometimes its exposed without our knowledge then what to do?
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  • Walikum Salaam Waramatullah Warbarkatu.

    Women's 'awrah is a more complicated issue and it changes according to the situation:

    In ritual prayer: a woman should cover her entire body excluding her face and her hands from the wrist to the base of the fingers (as well as the feet including the ankles, according to the Hanafis.

    She should also cover part of her forehead and the area under the chin. A woman should cover her hair and body while performing the ritual prayer, whether she is praying in presence of her husband or she is praying alone in her chamber, as the basis for covering in prayer is different from the basis for covering in front of people.

    In front of her husband: There is no restriction in Islam on what body parts a woman may show to her husband in private. The husband and wife can see any part of each other’s body especially during sexual intercourse.

    In privacy: It is recommended that a person cover his or her sexual organs even when alone in private. There are exceptions when there is need, such as when taking a shower or going to the toilet.

    Among other women: The 'awrah of a woman amongst other women is from her chest(inclusive) to her knees. 'Awrah in front of non-Muslim women is a point of debate.

    Some scholars say that women should cover all but the hands and face, while according to the most preferred opinion, a Muslim woman can reveal in front of a non-Muslim woman as much as she would in front of other Muslim women.


    In front of a mahram (close male relative): there are three Sunni opinions:

    It is from the shoulders (inclusive) down to the knees (inclusive). (Maliki and Hanbali opinion)
    It is from the stomach (inclusive) down to the knees (inclusive according to the Hanafis but not according to the Shafi'is). (Hanafi and Shafi'i opinion)
    It is from the navel (not inclusive) to the knees (inclusive). (Alternate Hanafi opinion)

    In front of male children: If the child understands what the 'awrah is, then it is not considered permissible for a woman to uncover her 'awrah in front of him.

    In front of non-mahram men: There is a difference of opinion on which body parts a woman should cover in front of men who are not her mahram. In the contemporary world, there is a general argument that the body of a free woman (except for her face and her hands) is 'awrah and therefore must be covered not only during prayer but also in public and in front of all non-mahram men. The Hanafis view the feet to be excluded from 'awrah well

    Whether a woman was obligated to cover her face is more controversial. Most contemporary scholars agree that women's covering of the face was not mandated by the Quran or by the traditions of the Prophet. However, many classical jurists held that such covering was nonetheless strongly recommended, or even required in times of fitnah. Al-Razi, for example, held that by covering her face a married woman made clear that she was not available. Notably, a man is permitted and even encouraged to look at the face a woman he is considering marrying, even in countries where he normally would not be allowed to.

    In the contemporary world, the majority of Salafi Muslims insist that a woman's awrah in front of unrelated men is her entire body including her face and hands, which must be covered at all times in front of non-mahram men.

    The practice of covering the face is common in several Muslim countries (such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen, Oman, Pakistan) but not common in other countries (like Malaysia, Indonesia, present-day Iran, and present-dayTurkey). These differences reflect different interpretations and understanding of sharia
  • Assalam Walikum Waramatullah Warbarkatu.

    Wearing clothes that contain name brand for prayer is unpermissible on a few cases. For example wearing clothes that have a name brand such as Tommy has a name of a person which can interfere with your prayer also Puma that is an animal. It is good to wear clothes during prayer that do not have a name of a person or of someone. Just becareful and to be on the safe side just wear a normal hijab.

    According to Al-Tuhfa, it is unlawful to wear clothes that have pictures of animals, even if the picture is of an imaginary creature, such as horses with wings. The condition for the unlawfulness is that the pictures include what the creature cannot live without, such as the top half of the body. However, if the picture is of some part of the body that does not normally support life, such as the picture of a head, a head and chest with no abdomen, a hand, a foot or the lower part of the body, then it is not unlawful to wear. This is according to the relied upon position of the great scholar Ibn Hajar, in disagreement with the great scholar Al-Ramli.

    There is no difference between children's and adults' clothing with respect to the above rulings, as our imams have not made a distinction therein.

    It is not unlawful to pray in clothes with pictures on them, and the prayer in such clothes is valid, although it is disliked.

    It is not permitted for a lady to pray with anything other than her face, hands and feet exposed. If, however, her hair became exposed during the course of the prayer then as long as the amount of hair showing is less than a quarter of her total hair then it would not invalidate the prayer. As long as the clothes covers the awra properly, which is the whole body except the face, hands and feet, it would be permissible to pray in them. One should also ensure that the clothes are not tight or figure hugging as some from the mentioned styles tend to be. The prayer of the woman is based on modesty and concealment. That is why it is superior for her to pray at home, and why the postures that she adopts in the prayer when bowing and prostrating differ from that of the man. Therefore, adopting modest clothing when praying is superior to clothing that tells of ones body even though such clothing might not be tight-fitting.
  • Also need some clarification when this happens - During prayer the outer wrap or scarf that is worn to cover the hands and body sometimes gets in the way of sajda, what to do in this situation and do men and women pray in the same way - I'm confused of the way to do sajda and trying to improve prayer but since I hear varying opinions I don't know which to follow, however if you can provide a picture of women in sajda it would be of immense help as it show how and where to place hands and feet and whether pointing towards the direction of Qibla or to the right as I've seen in some pictures
  • Prayer differs from the 4 fiqh of Islam. Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi and Hanbali differ in prayer of Islam.

    In order to continue my answer which fiqh do you follow?

    If the outer wrap gets in the way of sajda then try to make the wrap tucked in or put a pin to tuck it in.
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