I thought it may be good to help Muslims, new and old, by pointing out one key etiquette in prayer – and that is keeping your awrah (area of the body that is private) covered. I have previously covered some basics on prayer: How to Pray Part 1: Cleanliness, How to Pray Part 2: Getting ready for Prayer, How to Pray Part 3: The Call to Prayer and How to Pray Part 4: Performing the Prayer.
We have been Commanded by Allah to keep our private parts covered and only visible to those whom we are allowed to (eg. wives, husbands etc). In today’s fashion, clothing is made more figure-hugging and exposing these private parts. This is all the more evident when you visit the masjid and see brothers praying but when they bend into Rukoo (bowing) or sujood (prostration), their t-shirts and tops and not long enough to cover themselves, exposing their behinds etc. It is also likely that they are unaware of this. So here’s a reminder for you.
O ye Children of Adam! We have bestowed raiment (clothing) upon you to cover yourselves (screen your private parts, etc.) and as an adornment to you. [Surah Al-Ahraf v26)
O ye Children of Adam! Wear your beautiful clothing at every time and place of prayer. [Surah Al-Ahraf v31)
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “Whatever is above the knee should be covered and whatever is below the naval should be covered.”
Every Muslim should wear such clothing that sufficiently cover their Satar. Especially during salaah, he must take care to cover his satar and not wear clothing with pictures, clip art, or cartoons of living creatures ie. human beings and animals.
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