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

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

Does the deceased benefit from charity and fasting if he died when he was not praying?

My father has recently passed away.
He has missed many salaah during his lifetime. He has passed away at aged 65.
Is there any way of paying to charity any amount for the salaah missed.
Please advise how to calculate the number of salaah missed and the amount to pay for charity for each day of salaah missed.
Eg. 65 years less 15 years = 50 years salaah missed. 50 years X 365 days = 18250 days of salaah missed.
Your assistance in answering the above will be greatly appreciated.

Praise be to Allaah.


The scholars differed on the ruling on one who neglects the prayer out of heedlessness and laziness. The correct view is that he is a kaafir. This has been discussed previously in the answers to questions no. 2182 and 5208.

Once it is established that the one who does not pray is a kaafir, it is not permissible to give charity, fast and do Hajj on his behalf.

The scholars of the Standing Committee (9/69) were asked: Is it acceptable to pray for forgiveness and give charity for one who died when he did not pray, or he used to pray sometimes and sometimes he did not pray? Is it permissible to attend his funeral and bury him in the Muslim graveyard?

They replied: The one who does not pray because he denies that it is obligatory is a kaafir according to the consensus of the Muslims. The one who does not pray out of heedlessness and laziness is a kaafir according to the more correct of the two scholarly opinions.

Based on that, if a person who deliberately does not pray dies, it is not permissible to pray for forgiveness for him, or to give charity on his behalf, or to attend his funeral, or bury him in the Muslim graveyard, because the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “The covenant that stands between us and them is the prayer; whoever abandons it is a kaafir.” Narrated by Ahmad and the authors of as-Sunan with a saheeh isnaad. And he (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Between a man and kufr and shirk there stands his giving up prayer.” Narrated by Muslim in his Saheeh.  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

They want to stop praying in the mosque and pray in the lecture hall to have an impact on non-Muslims

In the university where I study, we organize a da‘wah week every year, where we call the non-Muslims in the university to Islam using different techniques. This year, the organizers came up with a new idea; they suggested that we should offer one of the prayers in one of the university lecture halls instead of in the mosque. The aim of that is to show one of the rituals of Islam so that they would have more questions about Islam. But in fact I was not sure whether this way is acceptable, because if it is successful, they will repeat it several times in the coming years. What is the ruling on this action? If it is repeated every year, would it come under the heading of bid‘ah?.

Praise be to Allaah.


We appreciate your keenness to convey the message of Islam to people, and your keenness to implement the Sunnah and not go against sharee‘ah. We ask Allah, may He be exalted, to make things easy for you and to grant you the best of rewards.  Continue reading

The hadeeth about the virtue of praying in a turban is not saheeh

How sound is the hadeeth, “Two rak‘ahs offered in a turban are better than seventy rak‘ahs without a turban”?.

Praise be to Allaah.

This hadeeth was narrated from Jaabir ibn ‘Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him) and says that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Two rak‘ahs offered in a turban are better than seventy rak‘ahs without a turban.”

It was narrated by ad-Daylami in Musnad al-Firdaws, 2/265, no. 3233. In al-Jaami‘ al-Kabeer (no. 14441), as-Suyooti attributed it to Abu Na‘eem. But we could not find it.

Al-Mannaawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

Abu Na‘eem also narrated it from him – and it is through him and from him ad-Daylami received it – moreover its isnaad includes Taariq ibn ‘Abd ar-Rahmaan, whom adh-Dhahabi listed among the da‘eef (weak) narrators and said: an-Nasaa’i said: He is not strong. It was narrated from Muhammad ibn ‘Ajlaan, whom al-Bukhaari listed among the da‘eef narrators. Al-Haakim said: He has a poor memory. End quote.  Continue reading

What is the ruling on praying in clothes that are perfumed with alcohol-based fragrances?

Does using perfumes that contain alcohol interfere with the validity of the prayer?.

Praise be to Allaah.

There is nothing wrong with using alcohol-based perfumes on the body and on clothes, and that does not affect the validity of the prayer. The scholars differed as to the nature of the impurity (najaasah) of alcohol: is it physical or metaphorical?

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) said when he was asked about the impurity of alcohol and cologne:

The basic principle is that things are pure (taahir) unless there is evidence to indicate that they are impure (najis). When there is no evidence to indicate that something is impure, then the basic principle is that it is pure. But it is evil (khabeeth) in a practical and metaphorical sense. However, the fact that a thing is forbidden does not necessarily mean that it is impure. Do you not see that poison is haraam but it is not najis (impure)? Everything that is najis is haraam, but nor everything that is haraam is najis.  Continue reading

Praying in a home that was built using an interest-based loan

I have a brother who built his home using an interest-based loan. When I visit my brother I eat in his home and pray. What is the ruling on this? Will my prayer be valid in that home, and is it permissible to eat there or not?.

Praise be to Allaah.

Taking out riba-based loans is emphatically haraam, because of the warnings and curses that have been narrated concerning that, whether it is for building a house, buying a car or anything else.

The one who has fallen into this sin must repent to Allaah and resolve never to do anything like that again.  Continue reading

Ruling on praying in a room in which there are images

Why is it not permissable for a Muslim to make Salat in a room the has symbols of Idolatry on the walls(Christmas wreaths, etc)?.

Praise be to Allaah.


The scholars are unanimously agreed that it is not allowed to pray in a place in which there are images of animate beings. In fact some of them were of the view that doing so is haraam, although the view of the majority is that it is makrooh.

Imam al-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

As for fabric on which there are images or crossed lines or anything that distracts the worshipper, it is makrooh to pray in it, facing towards it or on it.

End quote from al-Majmoo‘, 3/185  Continue reading