Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas
Question: I bought a pair of track pants and just below the waist there is a 1 inch stripe of mesh with very tiny holes on it running across the pants along the waist. Do these tiny holes for breathability count as exposing the ‘awrah? Can I pray with such pants on?
Answer: assalamu alaykum
It would be permissible to wear these track pants. Any prayer performed in them would also be valid.
The reason for this is twofold: (a) one’s nakedness is actually not visible through these holes to an onlooker due to their size and make, and (b) even assuming it was visible, the waist is not part of one’s nakedness in the Hanafi school. [Ibn Abidin, Hashiya]
Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Born and raised in New York, Ustadh Salman Younas graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Political Science and Religious Studies. After studying the Islamic sciences online and with local scholars in New York, Ustadh Salman moved to Amman. There he studies Islamic law, legal methodology, belief, hadith methodology, logic, Arabic, and tafsir.