Should Women Wear Socks When Praying?
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Should Women Wear Socks When Praying?

Questioner

Hana

Reply Date

Jun 16, 2017

Question

As-salamu `alaykum! Al-Hamdulillah, I have been Muslim all my life. Both my parents embraced Islam at a very early age. I recently moved to a new community where my Muslim sisters in Islam have told me that I must wear socks for my prayer to be accepted. Because I am not sure of the legitimacy of this saying, I am now wearing socks while I pray until I can determine an authentic ruling. Please give your advice. May Allah reward you!

Mufti

Answer


Should Women Wear Socks When Praying?

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

It is preferable that a woman prays while wearing socks that cover her ankles along with her feet. However, if a woman is sure that no non-Mahram (marriageable man) will enter the place where she prays, then there will be no wrong in praying without wearing socks.


Answering the question, the late Muslim scholar Dr. Fu`ad Mukhaymar, Professor of Islamic studies at Al-Azhar University, states:

A Muslim woman is required to perform prayer while wearing baggy clothes in order to ensure covering all her body with the exception of face and hands. It is also required that during prayer the clothing of the Muslim woman should cover her ankles.

It is preferable that a woman prays while wearing socks that cover her ankles along with her feet. However, if a woman is sure that no non-Mahram (marriageable man) will enter the place where she prays, then there will be no wrong in praying without wearing socks.

In this case also, there will be no wrong in praying while her feet being uncovered.

On the other hand, if she is in doubt that a non-Mahram may enter the place where she prays, then she is required to wear the socks to cover her ankles.

Allah Almighty knows best.




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