What Is the Ruling on Cross-Embroidered Clothing?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I have clothing with a cross (Real Madrid Soccer Badge Logo). Can I pray with it? I have prayed with it before; should I make up those prayers?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate.

I pray you are in good faith and health.

It will be prohibitively disliked (makruh tahriman) to pray with clothing or a logo with a clear crucifix cross on it. It will be fine if the crosses are small, embedded in a design, and not clearly distinguishable as a crucifix.

As for past prayers, they are valid with dislikedness, and one does not have to repeat them. [Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar; Tahtawi, Hashiya al-Tahtawi ‘ala Maraqi al-Falah]

‘Aisha (Allah be pleased with her) reported that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) did not leave anything carrying images or crosses in his house, but he obliterated it. [Bukhari]

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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
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Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete the hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled in an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and ‘Aalimiyya sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan. He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for several years. He has taught hifz of the Quran, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to children and adults onsite and online extensively in the UK and Ireland. He taught at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences. He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His interest is a love of books and gardening.