Should We Wear Special Clothes for Prayer (Hanafi)?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Before going into prayer does it make sense to have prayer clothes even though this sounds like Christian – “Sunday’s Best”?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

The sunna is to pray in dignified clothing that you would reasonably wear in front of respectable people.

As for praying in one’s best clothing, there would be nothing wrong with this. In fact, with a righteous intention, there’d be great reward in doing so. The greater the adab, the greater the benefit. Some of the early Muslims would reserve their best clothing for the prayer. And if we realized the Majesty of the One we are praying to, we’d make extra effort to pray in a beautiful state in following the way of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace).

And Allah alone gives success.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani