Prayer - Is it Permitted in a Sweaty Condition?
  • Question:

    Is it permissible for one to pray in a sweaty condition due to having done physical training or walked a long way before praying?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    In principle, it is permissible to pray while one is in perspiration. Perspiration is not an impure fluid. However, it would be preferred for one to eliminate any perspiration or any related odour, since prayer is a formal method of communicating before the Lord, Almighty Allāh.

    There are reports that indicate, angels are inconvenienced by the same odours humans find offensive. (See: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim)
    “O children of ‘Ādam, take on your adornment at every place of prayer.” (Qur’ān 7:31)

    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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