A man’s ‘Awrah inside Salaah

بســـم اللــه الرحــمــن الـرحـــيــم

▪️A man’s ‘Awrah inside Salaah▪️

Our Shaykh, Muhammad ibn Hizaam -may Allaah preserve him- was asked the following question:

📩 Question:

What is the extent of a man’s ‘Awrah inside Salaah, and will his prayer become invalid if his (lower) back is exposed?

📝 Answer:

The Sharee’ah instructs men to pray wearing an Izaar (a waist sheet covering the lower half of the body, i.e. They must cover mid-section) and to place something over both shoulders. Hence, the Izaar is a sufficient covering.

It’s permissible for men to pray wearing an Izaar and to place some of the garment over both shoulders.

In other words, wearing an Izaar is sufficient – provided it covers the area between the navel and the knees. Also, if he is able to wrap something over his shoulders, (he must do so). If this much is covered, his prayer is valid. He mustn’t expose anything less than this intentionally, like exposing a thigh or the shoulders. If he does so, intentionally, without any need, his prayer becomes invalidated.

Translated by:
Abu Ishaq Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Ba Alawi

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Also see : An except from Fat-hul ‘Allaam about A man’s ‘awrah inside Salah