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[Preparing For Salah]

#Preparing For Salah#
Dress Requirements for Salah
For prayer to be valid the private areas must be covered with a loose garment so as not to show the privates. Therefore, a man should be covered loosely from the shoulders to the knees. It is prohibited for the lower garment to hang past the ankles, even when not praying. A woman should loosely cover herself completely from head to toe except her face. It is better that she covers her hands with gloves or clothe. The top of her feet must be covered either with a long dress, socks or whatever. She must cover the top of her feet otherwise her prayer will not be accepted. If there are non-mahram men around, the face must also be covered.

"And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts, etc.) and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent (like palms of hands or one eye or both eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer dress like veil, gloves, head-cover, apron, etc.), and draw their veils all over Juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms, etc.) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husband’s sons, their brothers or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e. their sisters in Islam), or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment…: (An-Nur 24:31)

Aisha (RA) used to say: "When the Verse: "They should cover (draw their veils over) their bodies, faces, necks, and bosoms etc." (An-Nur 24:31) was revealed, (the ladies) cut their waist sheets at the edges and covered their heads and faces with those cut pieces of cloth." (Sahih - Al-Bukhari)

"O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers...

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