Prayer Attire - Half Sleeves Above Elbows
  • Question:

    I have heard that prayer in shirts with half sleeves just above the elbows is makruh. Could you please confirm this?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    May Allāh bless you for your concern regarding correctness of prayer.

    If the ‘awrah’ (nakedness of the body) is covered during prayer, the prayer is valid, regardless of what one wears.

    For males, the navel to the knee must not be exposed. For females, they are to cover most of their body other than the face, hands and feet. That being said, it is important to dress respectfully while standing in front of the Lord, while in prayer. Most jurists are of the opinion that short sleeves during prayer is disliked, as it constitutes disrespect. (See: Fatāwa Maḥmūdiyyah)

    When one attends an important work or family related meeting or function, one usually dresses respectfully. When we stand before our Creator, it is definitely important to be in most honourable and respectful, especially in prayer.

    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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