Prayer - for Women - Are They Required to Cover their Feet?
  • Question:

    Are ladies required to cover their feet during prayer?


    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    During prayer, according to most scholars of the Ḥanafī school, the apparent portions of the feet (for women) are not considered from the ‘awrah (nudeness), hence the ṣalāh (prayer) performed while having the apparent portions of the feet not covered, would be considered valid. (Al Hidāyah, I’ilā al Sunan)

    The Shāfi’īe, Ḥanbalī and Mālikī 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. (Kitāb al Fiqh ‘Alā Madhāhib al Arba’ah)
    “The prayer of a menstruating woman is only accepted with the (appropriate) veil [and covering]” (Bukhārī)

    “… and they must not expose their adornment, except that which appears thereof” (Qur’ān 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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