Is the Validity of the Prostration Affected If Done on One’s Garment?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch


Is the validity of the prostration affected if one’s garment covers their forehead, or nose, or hands?

What is the ruling of making errors in the remembrances of the prayers?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

Covering the Face in Prostration

Even though having clothing on one’s forehead and/or nose is somewhat disliked – due to it being a barrier between the skin and the ground – it does not affect the validity of the prayer. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah]

You should try to keep some portion of your forehead uncovered, even if little.

It is also disliked for one to cover their nose, mouth, or both in the prayer. [Ibid.]

As for the hands, there is no problem with the hands being covered.

Errors in the Remembrances of the Prayers

Regarding errors in pronunciation, many scholars have deemed such mistakes, whether in the recitation of the Quran or other, to be pardoned. This is due to a lack of knowledge of the rules becoming widespread. [Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar citing al-Hinduwani, al-Halwani, and others]

Hope this helps

Allah knows best

[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he then completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York, where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Qur’an and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic history, and a number of texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.