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Should We Wear Special Clothes for Prayer (Hanafi)?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Before going into prayer does it make sense to have prayer clothes even though this sounds like Christian – “Sunday’s Best”?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

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

The sunna is to pray in dignified clothing that you would reasonably wear in front of respectable people.

As for praying in one’s best clothing, there would be nothing wrong with this. In fact, with a righteous intention, there’d be great reward in doing so. The greater the adab, the greater the benefit. Some of the early Muslims would reserve their best clothing for the prayer. And if we realized the Majesty of the One we are praying to, we’d make extra effort to pray in a beautiful state in following the way of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace).

And Allah alone gives success.

wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Should We Wear Special Clothes for Prayer (Maliki)?

Answered by Shaykh Rami Nsour

Question:Before going into prayer does it make sense to have prayer clothes even though this sounds like Christian – “Sunday’s Best”?

Answer: It is recommended to wear one’s best clothes when praying alone, in congregation or on the Friday prayer. This recommendation can be achieved without setting aside a specific outfit for that prayer. But, if a person were to say set aside specific clothes for the Friday prayer, this would be a noble thing.

It is mentioned in the Rules of Burial (janaza) that if a person had a specific outfit for Friday prayers, that they should be buried in that, rather than just the simple shrouds of burial (kafan). This is because those are the clothes that the person would have done so much worship in and that would benefit them in the grave. [Mukhtasar Khalil]