Can I Pray With Rolled-Up Sleeves?

Question: Can I pray with rolled-up sleeves with a long-sleeved top underneath so no awrah is exposed? Sometimes the sleeves are rolled and sewn that way into the shirt or I roll up the sleeves myself. I read somewhere that men cannot do this.

Answer: Assalamu alaykum,

It is permissible for you to pray with your sleeves rolled up (whether sewn in or not) as long as you have a long-sleeved shirt underneath that is not tight or transparent. See the following link about a woman’s attire when she prays and otherwise:

What Is Proper Prayer Attire for Women?
What Are the Requirements of Hijab?

Please see the following link about a man’s proper attire:

Short Sleeves in Public for Men [Shafi’i School]

JazakAllahu khayran

[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria for two years where she studied Aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, Tafseer, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan where she studied Fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.