Can a woman pray without covering her feet?

Question:  Can a woman pray without covering her feet?

In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

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Jazakum Allah khayr for your question!

This is a matter in which there is a legitimate difference of opinion within mainstream Sunni scholarship.

The prevalent opinion in the Hanafi school is that the feet (below the ankles) are not from areas of the body a woman must cover (i.e., her awra)—both within the prayer and outside the prayer. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah; Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

However, in some other schools of Sunni scholarship, the feet are necessary for women to cover. Thus, it can be an expression of caution (wara`) to cover the feet—particularly for prayer. (This is not, however, obligatory.)

And Allah knows best.

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[Ustadh] Sufyan Qufi

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani