Ruling on praying with pant legs rolled up

Is it permissible to pray with pant legs rolled up? Does this ruling apply to women?.

Praise be to Allaah.


There are a number of hadeeths which forbid rolling up the garment when praying.

Al-Bukhaari (812) and Muslim (490) narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “I have been commanded to prostrate on seven bones: the forehead – and he pointed to his nose – the hands, the feet and the ends of the feet (i.e., toes), and not to tuck up my garment or hair.”

Tucking up the garment or hair means gathering it together to prevent it falling on the floor when one prostrates.

An-Nawawi said:

The scholars are unanimously agreed that it is not allowed to pray with the garment, sleeves and so on rolled up. … All of that is not allowed according to scholarly consensus; it is makrooh in the same that it is discouraged, so if a person prays like that he has done something wrong but his prayer is still valid. Abu Ja‘far Muhammad ibn Jareer at-Tabari quoted as evidence scholarly consensus. Ibn al-Mundhir narrated that the one who does that should repeat his prayer, and he narrated this view from al-Hasan al-Basri. End quote.

It says in Tuhfat al-Minhaaj, 2/161-162:

It is makrooh for the one who is praying to tuck up his hair by putting it together or putting it under his headgear, or to tuck up his garment, such as rolling up his sleeve or hem. End quote.

Based on that, tucking or rolling the pants up is makrooh when praying.  Continue reading

Does he have to have the intention of exiting the prayer when he says the tasleem?

Is it necessary when saying the tasleem at the end of the prayer to intend by saying this tasleem to exit the prayer? Is my prayer valid if I do not do that?.

Praise be to Allaah.

the worshipper does not have to intend exiting the prayer when saying the tasleem; if he says the tasleem without intending that, it is acceptable. This is the view of the majority of fuqaha’ among the Hanafis, Shaafa‘is and Hanbalis.

Ibn Qudaamah (may Allah have mercy on him) said: He should intend when saying the tasleem to exit the prayer. If he does not have that intention, then Ibn Haamid said that his prayer is rendered invalid, and this is the apparent meaning of the statement of ash-Shaafa‘i, because it is uttered at one of the two ends of the prayer, so having the intention is essential, as is also the case with the takbeer (at the beginning of the prayer).

What was narrated from Ahmad (may Allah have mercy on him) is that it does not render his prayer invalid, and this is the correct opinion, because the intention to pray covers all of the prayer, and the salaam is part of it. And because if it were obligatory to form the attention when saying the salaam, there should have been some text to specify that, as with the opening takbeer, and because it is an act of worship. So it is not required to form the intention to exit the prayer, as is also the case with other acts of worship.) Drawing an analogy between the end of the prayer and the beginning is not correct; the intention is regarded as essential at the beginning so that it covers all other parts of the prayer, unlike the ending. Hence there is a differentiation between the beginning and end in all acts of worship. Continue reading

He works as a cleaner in a butcher shop and he is asking about the blood that gets on his clothes whilst he is working

I work in a butcher’s shop that sells halaal meat, in sha Allah, as a cleaner. Sometimes a spot of blood falls on my clothes from the carcasses of animals that were slaughtered a few days ago, and the time for prayer may come when I am in the middle of my work.
1. Is that blood taahir (pure) or najis (impure)?
2. Is it permissible for me to pray in those clothes on which there is a spot of blood?.

Praise be to Allaah.

With regard to “blood poured forth” that comes out of the animal at the time of slaughter, it is najis (impure) according to scholarly consensus.

With regard to the blood that is mixed with the meat or that remains in the veins, it is not called “blood poured forth” and it is taahir (pure).

Imam at-Tabari (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

In the verse in which Allah tells His slaves that blood is haraam, He mentions “blood poured forth” (al-An‘aam 6:145), to the exclusion of other types of blood. This clearly indicates that blood that is not “poured forth” is halaal and not najis.

Then he narrated from ‘Ikrimah the words: Were it not for this verse, the Muslims would have had to trace out the blood from the veins as the Jews do. Continue reading

He started to pray then he saw a spot of blood on his thobe; should he interrupt his prayer?

I prayed and whilst I was praying I saw a small spot of blood on my thobe, but I carried on praying. What is the ruling on my prayer?.

Praise be to Allaah.


Blood is najis (impure) according to most of the scholars. See the answer to question no. 114018.


If a person starts to pray and whilst praying he notices a small spot of blood on his thobe, he should complete his prayer and he does not have to exit his prayer in order to purify his garment.

That is because a small amount of impurity is pardoned and it does not have to be washed.  Continue reading

What should the worshipper intend when he says the tasleem at the end of the prayer?

When we say “As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmat-Allah” at the end of the prayer, to whom are we saying that? Are we saying it to the angels who are present on our right and on our left, or are we saying it to the people on our right and on our left?.

Praise be to Allaah.

The tasleem or salaam at the end of the prayer is one of its pillars or essential parts, and one cannot end or exit from the prayer without saying it, because of the report narrated by Abu Dawood (61) and at-Tirmidhi (3) from ‘Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “The key to prayer is purification, its start is the takbeer (saying Allahu akbar) and its exit is the tasleem (saying the salaam).”

Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Sunan Abi Dawood.  Continue reading

Ruling on offering an obligatory prayer on the bus when it is not necessary to do so, when he does all the essential parts of the prayer

I am a bus driver and sometimes I have to offer an obligatory prayer during my short rest period on my empty bus. I have a large space where I can face towards the qiblah and do all the essential parts (“pillars”) of the prayer. But I was surprised when a brother told me that the bus comes under the same ruling as a mount and it is not permissible to offer an obligatory prayer on it; rather he said I should exit the bus and pray on the street, so long as there is nothing to prevent me from doing so such as rain and so on.
Is it true that I should not pray on the bus, which is thirteen meters long and has space in the middle that is enough for me to pray, when it is parked in the garage?.

Praise be to Allaah.

It is not permissible for a Muslim to offer an obligatory prayer on his mount, unless there is a valid excuse, because on a mount he will omit some of the essential parts of the prayer, such as standing, bowing and prostrating.

It was narrated from Jaabir ibn ‘Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) used to pray on his mount facing towards the east, but when he wanted to offer an obligatory prayer, he would dismount and face towards the qiblah.  Continue reading

Praying with tayammum is better than praying with a previous wudoo’ done using water when one is desperate to relieve oneself

I entered the mosque one day and there was water in my house to do wudoo’ for prayer, but I still had my wudoo’. However the need to relieve myself was pressing and I could not find any water, and I was afraid that I would miss the prayer in congregation, so I joined the prayer.

Praise be to Allaah.


It is makrooh for the worshipper to start praying when he is suppressing the need to defecate or urinate, because the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) forbade doing that, because of what it results in of failing to attain complete focus and contemplation in prayer.  Continue reading

Ruling on Muslim praying in the house of a Christian

Is it permissible to offer namaz in the house of a non-muslim?.

Praise be to Allaah.

It is permissible to pray in the house of a Christian or anyone else who does not follow the religion of Islam because of the general meaning of the words of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him): “… the earth has been made for me a place of prostration and a means of purification, so wherever a man of my ummah is when the time for prayer comes, let him pray…”

Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 323

As-Sindi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: What we learn from the hadeeth is that the earth itself in its entirety is a place for prayer, unless there is any impediment in the presence of which prayer is makrooh or invalid, in which case the ruling is connected to that impediment. Continue reading

He notices the taste of toothpaste when he is praying. What should he do about food remnants that remain between his teeth? Is his prayer invalidated by swallowing his saliva?

before going to salat , i usually brush my teeth , but the toothpaste has a very strong taste that remains in my mouth , so i feel it during the prayer is my prayer valid? if yes is it invalid if i swallow my saliva? does the same rule apply to food also?.

Praise be to Allaah.


Swallowing saliva whilst praying does not affect the prayer, because it is not food or drink and it does not come under the heading of food or drink in any way. If a person is fasting, his fast is not invalidated by swallowing his saliva, so it is more apt that the prayer should not be invalidated by that.  Continue reading

Is the wife’s prayer valid if she prays on her own in front of her husband or next to him when he is praying?

I want to know if a husband is praying his sunnah prayer and a wife her fard prayer in the same room seperstely, is it still necessary for the wife to stand behind him like in the next row? or if she is 1-2 steps behind is ok? or she can stand besides him but little away?.

Praise be to Allaah.

If each of them is praying on his or her own, then she may stand wherever she wants, next to her husband or in front of him or behind him, because there is no connection between their prayers.

But if she is following him in prayer, then she should stand behind him as is indicated by the Sunnah. Al-Bukhaari (380) and Muslim (658) narrated from Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) that his grandmother Mulaykah invited the Messenger of Allaah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) to eat some food that she had made. He ate some of it, then he said: “Get up and I will lead you in prayer.” Anas ibn Maalik said: I went to a reed mat of ours that had turned black from long use, and sprinkled it with water, then the Messenger of Allaah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) stood on it, and the orphan and I stood behind him, and the old lady behind us, and the Messenger of Allaah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) led us in praying two rak‘ahs, then he left.. Continue reading