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Is it obligatory for women to cover their feet during prayer

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Women cover feet during prayer

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Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 24 Surah Nur verse 31:

(O Prophet) enjoin the believing woman to restrain their gaze and guard their modesty, and not to display their adornment except that which is displayed of itself, and to draw their veils over their bosoms, and not to display their adornments except before their husbands, their fathers, .and also forbid them to stamp their feet on the ground lest their hidden ornaments should be displayed.


Ibn 'Abbas, Ibn 'Umar and 'Aishah report that the Prophet (saws) said, "Allah does not accept the prayer of an adult woman unless she is wearing a jilbaab (khimar, hijab, head-cover)."

Related by Bukhari and Muslim.


The Messenger of Allah (saws) commanded and declared it obligatory for the believing women to cover herself while offering her prayers in the exact same manner she is commanded to cover herself when in the presence of non-mehram adult males.


Umm Salamah (the wife of the Prophet (saws)) narrated that she asked the Prophet (saws), "Can a woman pray in a long shirt and headcovering without a loincloth?" He (saws) replied "If the shirt is long and flowing and covers the top of her feet."

Related by Abu Dawud.


The majority of the scholars in Islam take the command of the above quoted verse of Surah Nur except that which is displayed of itself and the guidance of the Messenger of Allah (saws) to his wife Umm Salama (r.a.) to mean the face, the hands, and the feet upto the ankles (inclusive) of the woman.thus the prayers of a woman whose face, hands, and feet upto the ankles alone are exposed will be deemed absolutely legal and valid in Shariah.


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