A Guide to the Muslimah’s Dress Code for Solah

A Muslimah’s dress code for solah has to meet certain requirements for such garment to be fit for solah. Taking note of your solah dress code as a Muslimah is very important as you are fulfilling the expectations of every Muslim to guard his/her solah.

Below are rulings for the appropriate garment to pray with and in:

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Parts of the Body to Be Covered
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 24 Surah Noor verse 31: And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except that which is displayed of itself; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, or their brothers’ sons, or their sisters’ sons, or their women, or the slaves, whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! Turn ye all together towards Allah that ye may attain Bliss.
There are two opinions among the scholars in Islam as to what does the phrase ‘except that which is displayed of itself’ mean and include. One opinion is that it means the face, hands (below the wrist) and the feet (below the ankles) may be left uncovered, and the other opinion is that the face also has to be covered, and only the hands and the feet may be left uncovered.

Looseness
Islam also guides that clothing must be loose enough so as not to outline or distinguish the shape of the body. Skin-tight, body-hugging clothes are discouraged for both men and women. When in public, some women wear a light cloak over their personal clothing as a convenient way to hide the curves of the body.

Thickness
The Prophet Muhammad once warned that in later generations, there would be people “who are dressed yet naked.” See-through clothing is not modest, for either men or women. The clothing must be thick enough so that the color of the skin it covers is not visible, nor the shape of the body underneath.
Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4092 Narrated by Aisha, Ummul Mu’minin
Asma, daughter of AbuBakr, entered upon the Messenger of Allah (saws) wearing thin clothes. The Messenger of Allah (saws) turned his attention from her and said: ‘O Asma, when a woman reaches the age of menstruation, it does not suit her that she displays her parts of body except this and this’, and he (saws) pointed to her face and hands.

The most accepted opinion is that if the women covers everything except her face, her hands (below her wrist) and her feet (below her ankles), she would be following the Command of Allah; and if she chooses to cover her face with a ‘naqaab’, then it would be considered purest and closest to the Command of Allah Subhanah. And Allah Alone Knows Best.

Should not resemble the clothing of men.

Should be clean: stop repeating the same hijab of 2weeks plus without washing as your go to solah time attire. Have more than one hijab or abaya for solah keep them clean and let them smell nice. Its not haram to smell nice while praying.

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