Home » Shafi'i Fiqh » Qibla.com » Tight Clothing Inside and Outside Prayer: Clarification

Tight Clothing Inside and Outside Prayer: Clarification

Answered as per Shafi'i Fiqh by Qibla.com

Answered by Shaykh Hamza Karamali, SunniPath Academy Teacher


In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate

In the answer attached below, I quoted the following from Reliance:  

“f5.6    It is recommended for a woman to wear a covering over her head (khimar), a full length shift, and a heavy slip under it that doesn’t cling to the body.” (Reliance of the Traveller, 122) 

One of the subscribers raised a concern that this implies that it is only recommended for women to cover their heads.  This is not what the quote is saying.  To cover her head is obligatory for a woman inside prayer and outside it if she is in front of a man who is not her husband or close relative. 

The quote is describing the optimal clothing that women must wear.  The minimum clothing is a fortiori (bi’l-awla) part of the optimal clothing.

And Allah knows best.


This answer was indexed from Qibla.com, which used to have a repository of Islamic Q&A answered by various scholars. The website is no longer in existence. It has now been transformed into a learning portal with paid Islamic course offering under the brand of Kiflayn.

Read answers with similar topics: