Awrah in Solah

This is mainly for Haziq.

During prayers we must cover our awrah

۞ يَـٰبَنِىٓ ءَادَمَ خُذُواْ زِينَتَكُمۡ عِندَ كُلِّ مَسۡجِدٍ۬ وَڪُلُواْ وَٱشۡرَبُواْ وَلَا تُسۡرِفُوٓاْ‌ۚ إِنَّهُ ۥ لَا يُحِبُّ ٱلۡمُسۡرِفِينَ (٣١
Al Aaraf 7:31
O Children of Adam! Take your adornment (by wearing your clean clothes) while praying.

The awrah for woman

I was flipping through the buku sekolah agama selangor Malaysia on this topic but I became unsure of the contents concerning the arwah for woman as depicted in their photos.

I am not sure about the gloves the girls are wearing. I also am not sure about the last bottom right picture where her hijab is not covering her chest.

Can you comment about this?

I didn’t use this photo for the study though.

  • Anyway the awrah for woman is all except for face and hand
  • She should cover the top feet too.

Prophet s.a.w said, “The prayer of an adult woman is not accepted unless she is wearing headcovering.” recorded by Abu Dawood, Tirmidhi and Ibn Najah.

The awrah for men are

  • between the navel and the knees
  • However must also cover the shoulders

The prophet s.a.w said, “None of you should offer prayer in a single garment that does not cover the shoulders.”

Sahih Al Bukhari Book 8 (reported by Abu huraira R.A.)


  • The praying clothes should not show shape or body contour. This applies for both man and woman
  • They should not be thin and transparent. for both men and women
  • They should be clean
  • We should present ourselves nicely when we want to pray.

e.g. if we are ashame to walk about in particular shirt, we should present ourselves better than that.

  • Rasullullah prefers thick garments without any marking (pictures of animals). Patterns are preferable than pictures. The jamhoor hold the position that it is makrooh.
  • It is permissible tp pray in bare head for man as the head is awrah for woman. however it is recommended (mustahab) that he is completely dressed for praying thus the head is best covered. This is also to differentiate between muslims and non. However during pilgrimage it is law not to cover the head.


Filed under Fiqh, Pillars of Islam, Solat

2 responses to “Awrah in Solah

  1. nmj

    Salam Lollies,

    Covering the awrah is always a subject needed for all. We’re still having trouble with my brothers who likes to wear bermudas, and forget that these things can hike up above their knees. Heh.

    Anyhow, regarding awrah, you got it pat down right. In the past, there have been misguided understanding about the awrah of women regarding hands. This is evident from example of queries I get from friends, “Eh, boleh ke ternampak tangan tu,” when they notice my hand slipped outside of my telekung, or reaffirmation, “Tangan takpe kan nampak dalam solat?”. So maybe the book came from that era of understanding? Just my twocents.

    Banyak school of thoughts on womens aurah based on situation (doctors, housewife, etc), and I would probably have to do a bit more reading (or finding the necessary books) to divulge more. Thanks for bringing this to attention.

  2. lolliesplace

    Salam nmj,
    About the hand, some scholars say it is allowed during hajj time for fear of batal wudhu’ kalau terkena non muhrims. Wallahualam.

    Tapi otherwise in hadith nabi sendiri cakap exception are the face and hands.

    Over here, mak2 arab siap tegur orang kita lagi sebab telekung labuh tak nampak tangan. Kena tanya yang lebih pandai macam ni. adakah kalau tak nampak tangan itu tak boleh? I rasa boleh, cuma kalau nampak pun it is ok.

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