Wearing Skin-colored Clothing

Ustadh Salman Younas is asked to clarify the rulings on covering one’s awra in cases where one is wearing skin-colored clothing.



Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh.

What is the permissibility of wearing skin-colored clothing? For example, I am a women and prefer covering of the feet as awra. However, I have shoes that would normally show my feet if not worn with socks. Can I wear socks that are opaque but skin-colored in order to not have the shoes look odd against white or black socks?

Also, how would this apply to wearing skin-color long sleeve shirts underneath otherwise transparent dresses? Is this halal? Is this a form of deception?

Please note that even though I choose to cover my feet, I would like the answer to this question according to the Hanafi madhhab.

Jazakum Allah khayr.



Wa alaykum assaalam wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh.

As long as the clothing covers your nakedness (awra) in a manner where an onlooker cannot see the underlying skin in normal conditions, you would be considered as having covered your nakedness. This would be the case even if the clothing you are wearing is ‘skin colored’.

For certain parts of the body (such as the chest), it is also imperative to cover in a manner where the limbs are not clearly defined. In the case of the feet, however, this does not apply since socks inevitably define the shape of the feet.



Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.


Praying While Wearing Soccer Shorts With Compression Leggings Underneath

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan

Question: When playing sports like soccer, I wear shorts with compression shorts/leggings which go all the way down to calf-length so my calfs don’t get exposed when I run.

My question is would it be permissible to pray salah or do acts such as prostration of thankfulness in such clothes or should one wear a tracksuit over?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

I pray this finds you in the best of health and states. Please pardon me for the undue delay in response.

While such compression shorts are sufficient for covering the awra during sports, it would be best to wear something loose (like pants or a tracksuit) over them for the actual prayer. Although compression shorts/leggings will cover any remaining awra beneath loose shorts, they are skin tight and hence disliked for the actual prayer or prostration. [Maraqi Falah]

And Allah knows best.

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani