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Clothing required by woman for prayers

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What are the minimum clothing requirements for a muslim female to offer salat? If a woman is completely covered except for her arms up to her elbows, is her prayer still valid?

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Clothing required by woman for prayers

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A believing woman, when she stands to offer her prayers to her Lord, must cover herself Islamically; whereby the only permissible parts of her body which may remain uncovered are her hands, her feet below the ankles, and her face.


If the woman is wearing a garment which leaves her arms upto her elbows uncovered, but she is wearing a chador or some sort of covering which cover her open arms, her prayer is valid. But if she has prayed with her arms upto her elbows completely uncovered, then her prayers are not valid and she must repeat her prayers again.


To cover the complete satr of the woman is a condition for her prayers.


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