Can I say my prayers in half sleeve shirt.
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Can I say my prayers in half sleeve shirt
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Apparel clothing in prayer
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Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 7 Surah Aaraaf verse 31:
31 O children of Adam! Wear your beautiful apparel at every time and place of prayer.
When one stands in qiyaam to offer their prayers, one is in essence in the audience of their Lord Creator, Most Majestic, Most Supreme; and just as one would dress in beautiful apparel if one were to meet with a worldly dignitary or ruler or king.it is only appropriate that one dress in their best when one stands in audience with the King of all kings, Ruler of all rulers, Allah Subhanah, the Lord Creator and Master of everything that exists in existence.
Your Question: Can I say my prayers in half sleeve shirt
The absolute minimum body parts of the believing man which must be covered for their prayers to be acceptable in Shariah are from the beginning of his navel to the end of his knees; thus provided the minimum satr of the believing man is covered, there is absolutely no harm if a believing man chooses to offer his prayers in a half-sleeve shirt.
Ibn Abbas, Ibn Umar and Aishah narrate that the Prophet (saws) said, "Allah does not accept the prayer of an adult woman unless she is wearing a head-covering (khimar, hijab)."
For the prayer of a believing woman to be acceptable to Allah, she must cover herself completely in her khimaar or hijaab or jilbaab, just as she would when in the presence of non-mehram members of the opposite sex, even if she were to pray absolutely alone.
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