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Salat (Prayer)

Covering the Body in Prayer

165 - While offering prayer a man and a boy should cover his private parts, and preference is that he should also cover his body from the navel up to the knee.

166 - Women and girls should cover their entire body while offering prayer, it is not necessary to cover that part of the hands up to the wrists and the feet up to the ankles and the face, which is washed while performing Wudhu. Although it is no haram to cover these parts.

167 - Conditions for dress (cloth) worn during prayer.

* It should be pak (not najis)

* As obligatory precaution it should be Mubah (permissible for him/her to use).

* It should not be made of the parts of body, such as animal skin which is not killed according to Islamic law even belts and hats.

* It should not be made of an animal, whose meat is Haraam such as from the skin of leapord or fox.

* If a person who offers prayers is a male, his clothes must not be embroidered with gold and not be made of pure silk.

168 - The body of a person who offers prayer should be pak in addition of his/her dress.

169 - If a person knows that his/her body or dress is Najis but he/she has forgotten this during his/her prayer and performs the prayer, his/her prayer is void.

170 - In the following cases, the prayers offered by a person will be accepted even if his/herbody or dress be Najis.

* If a person does not know that his/her body or dress is Najis and came to know after Salat.

* If her/his body or dress is stained with the blood discharged from a wound or a sore in his/her body and it is difficult to rinse or to change it.

* If her/his body or dress is stained with blood, spread over a space lesser than a Dirham (which is almost equal to the upper joint of the thumb).(3)

* There is a situation in which if the dress or body of one who prayes is Najis, the prayer will be valid.  Such as there is no water to rinse his/her dress or body.

171 - It is no harm if accesories of one who prays, such as socks and caps are najis or a small handkerchief which is in his/her pocket.  It should not be made of an animal whose meat is haraam or of the a dead body.

172 - It is Mustahab to wear a loose garment, on the shoulder (Aba), white dress, the cleanest dress use perfume and wearing an Aqeeq on the finger while performing prayer.

(Aqeeq is a kind of stone which is used in a ring).

173 - It is reprehensible (Makrooh) to wear a black, a dirty or a tight dress, and to wear a dress which has a printed face on it and to keep the buttons open while performing prayers.