Is a Woman Required to Wear Thick Clothing in the Prayer?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch 

Question Summary

Is a woman required to wear thick clothing in the prayer?

Question Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

A woman is required to cover all parts of her body in the prayer with such a garment that the tone of one’s skin cannot be seen through it. Even though one may be able to see light through it, it is still permissible to wear in the prayer; if it reaches the extent that the skin tone can be seen, that is too thin. [Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

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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.