Covering the Feet for Women During Prayer
  • Question:

    I wanted to ask you regarding the awrah (portion of the body that is to be covered) of a woman during prayer.

    Majority of the scholars share the consensus of covering the feet for women, some are okay with not being covered. Can you please clarify?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    During prayer, according to most scholars of the Hanafi school, the apparent portions of the feet (for women) are not considered from the awrah (nudeness), hence the salah (prayer) performed while having the apparent portions of the feet not covered, would be considered valid. (Al Hidayah, I’ilaa Al Sunan)

    The Shafie, Hanbali and Maliki schools include the feet of women in the awrah (nudeness). Therefore the followers of this opinion are to ensure feet are covered appropriately during prayer for it’s validity. (Kitaab Al Fiqh Ala Madhahib Al Arba'a)

    “The prayer of a menstruating woman is only accepted with the (appropriate) veil” (Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmidhi)

    “… and they must not expose their adornment, except that which appears thereof” (Holy Quran 24:31)

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah institute
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