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The view that women must cover their feet in prayer

Published: 27/08/2011 10:14:00 PM GMT
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Do women have to have their feet covered for prayer? What is the evidence for such a view?

Answered by

Sheikh Sa`d al-Shuwayrikh

I am of the opinion that the woman has to cover her feet while praying.

Umm Salamah asked the Prophet (peace be upon him): “May a woman pray in a gown and a head covering without a waistcloth?”

The Prophet (peace be upon him) replied: “Yes, if the gown is long and covers her feet from the top.” [Sunan Abî Dâwûd - Abû Dâwûd comments: “Some have concluded that these words are actually the words of Umm Salamah.”]

Also, we have the hadîth related by Ibn `Umar that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Allah will not look at a person who drags his waistcloth out of pride.”

Umm Salamah asked him: “What should women do about the hemlines of their long dresses?”

He said: “They may let them down by one handspan.”

She said: “Then their feet would show.”

He said: “Then they may let them down by a cubit, but no more.” [Sunan al-Tirmidhî – al-Tirmidhî classified it as a good and authentic hadîth]

And Allah knows best.

Source: Islam Today

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