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Dress code for prayers

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While praying we are suppose to pull out tugged in shirts and unfold sleeves etc. how about the undergarments and the metal hooks in the pants and buttons and etc. also what if I pray without a masalla and have no cap because I`m travelling.


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Dress code for prayers

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


There is absolutely no injunction in the teachings of Allah and His Messenger (saws) that a person is required to pray with his shirt or outer garment tugged in or out, or folded or unfolded sleeves, or with or without undergarments, or with or without metal hooks or buttons. One may pray in whatever clothes one wears, provided they are pure from anything that would make the clothes najis or impure.


Ref: Musalla or prayer mat

There is absolutely no harm if one prays without a prayer mat, provided the ground or place he prays on is pure and clean.


Ref: wearing a cap for prayer

Wearing a covering on the head is not amongst the obligatory acts for a believing male, while offering his prayers. If one covers his head, or leaves it uncovered; both ways his prayers will not be effected.


The dress norm at the time of the Messenger of Allah (saws) was such that the Arabs used to wear a turban over their heads; and thus the Messenger of Allah (saws) normally always prayed with his head covered. Thus, if the normal dress code of the person is such that he covers his head (like the Arab gatra or head-cover); then it is fine to pray with the head cover. But if the normal dress code of the person is such that in normal circumstances he does not cover his head, there is no need to specially cover his head while praying. But if he does cover his head, there is no harm.


Ibn 'Asakir related that the Prophet would sometimes remove his head-cover (turban) and place it in front of him as a sutrah for prayer.


It is obligatory for a believing woman to cover her head while offering her prayers.


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Your Brother in Islam,





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