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Can I Pray in Track Pants With Tiny Holes Just Below the Waist?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: I bought a pair of track pants and just below the waist there is a 1 inch stripe of mesh with very tiny holes on it running across the pants along the waist. Do these tiny holes for breathability count as exposing the ‘awrah? Can I pray with such pants on?

Answer: assalamu alaykum

It would be permissible to wear these track pants. Any prayer performed in them would also be valid.

The reason for this is twofold: (a) one’s nakedness is actually not visible through these holes to an onlooker due to their size and make, and (b) even assuming it was visible, the waist is not part of one’s nakedness in the Hanafi school. [Ibn Abidin, Hashiya]

[Ustadh]Salman Younas

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Born and raised in New York, Ustadh Salman Younas graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Political Science and Religious Studies. After studying the Islamic sciences online and with local scholars in New York, Ustadh Salman moved to Amman. There he studies Islamic law, legal methodology, belief, hadith methodology, logic, Arabic, and tafsir.

Is It Problematic to Have Holes in My Clothing for Prayer?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum,

Is there a size limit in holes of clothes that we pray in?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

Covering the nakedness is a condition for the validity of the prayer.

Thereafter, it is problematic to have holes in your clothing from which the nakedness underneath can be seen from a normal distance.

Please also see: Covering the Nakedness for a Man: Answers

And Allah alone knows best.

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani