A man’s ‘Awrah inside Salaah

بســـم اللــه الرحــمــن الـرحـــيــم

▪️A man’s ‘Awrah inside Salaah▪️

Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Hizaam – may Allaah preserve him – wrote [Fat-hul ‘Allaam pg. 530]:

{يَا بَنِي آدَمَ خُذُوا زِينَتَكُمْ عِندَ كُلِّ مَسْجِدٍ وَكُلُوا وَاشْرَبُوا وَلَا تُسْرِفُوا إِنَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ الْمُسْرِفِينَ}
‘O Children of Adam! Take your adornment to every masjid, and eat and drink but waste not by extravagance, certainly He (Allah) likes not Al-Musrifun (those who waste by extravagance).’
[Surah Al-Araf, Verse 31]

Shaykhul Islam Ibn Taymiyah – may Allah have mercy on him – commented:
“Allah’s command (in this Aayah) supersedes that of the standard ‘Awrah of a man (i.e. Covering the area between the navel and the knees) inside Salaah. Because this command is one of beautification, as Allah says: “Take your adornment to every masjid,” Allah’s command is related to an adornment of beauty – not to simply cover the awrah. This is in order to make the slave aware that he should wear his best and most beautiful clothing.”
[Majmoo Al Fatawaa Vol. 22 pg. 109]

He also said (Fat-hul ‘Allaam, vol 1. pg. 541):

‘Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated:
The prophet ﷺ said: “Not one of you should pray in a single garment with nothing on his shoulders.”
[Reported by Bukhari and Muslim]

Imam Ahmed, Ibn Mundhir, Shaykhul Islam ibn Taymiyyah, Ibn Hazm, Shawkanee, Ibn Baz and Shaykh Al Albaani all say its obligatory for a man to cover his shoulder when praying. But his garment is too short and he has no other clothes, he must prioritise covering his private parts, due to the hadeeth of Jaabir (may Allaah be pleased with him), that the prophet ﷺ said: “If it is big enough, wrap it around your body, but if it is too small, tie it around your waist.”
[Reported by Bukhaari and Muslim]’

Translated by:
Abu Nu’aim Abduraheem ibn Ali As’Somali

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