Wearing clothes that are slightly visible and performing Salaah

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Q: Is salaah valid if a person is wearing clothes that are slightly visible (by this I mean like normally every clothes has a slight visibility in it and white clothes which are also slightly visible) not absolutely clear? 


A: If the private area is not at all visible the namaaz will be valid.

Q: when you say private area, you don’t mean the entire satr but what we know as private area. Is this correct?


A: Private area refers to all the areas of satr.


  1. The area between the navel and the waist if that is slightly visible ( due to a white t-shirt or normal light color t-shirts), is my salaah valid ?

  2. If not, I can’t remember besides one time where were my t-shirt was light but I have thoughts that it may have occurred, do I only have to repeat that one salaah?



  1. The satr starts from below the navel. This area must be covered.

  2. If you are not sure then it is not compulsory to repeat the namaaz. However, it is preferable to repeat that salaah.

باب شروط الصلاة . . . ( و ) الرابع ( ستر عورته ) ووجوبه عام ولو في الخلوة على الصحيح إلا لغرض صحيح وله لبس ثوب نجس في غير صلاة ( وهي للرجل ما تحت سرته إلى ما تحت ركبته ) وشرط أحمد ستر أحد منكبيه أيضا (الدر المختار1/404)

( وعادم ساتر ) لا يصف ما تحته

قال الشامي في رد المحتار: قوله ( لا يصف ما تحته ) بأن لا يرى منه لون البشرة احترازا عن الرقيق ونحو الزجاج (رد المحتار1/410)

اليقين لا يزول بالشك (الأشباه و النظائر 1/183)

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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