Question: How should we dress for salat? Can we perform salat in pajamas when we are at home?
It is makruh to perform salat in work clothes or in smelly socks and clothes or in clothes one could not wear if one were to see one’s superiors, but it will not be makruh if one does not have any other clothes. Such a person must buy extra clothes if he or she has money.
A person who will appear before notables should wear clean and smart clothes. When one is in the presence of Allahu ta’ala, one needs to take more care with one’s appearance and should not perform salat in clothes that one cannot wear in the company of one’s superiors. It is stated in the Qur’an al-karim: “When performing every salat, wear your fancy [clean, good, favorite] clothes” [Surat al-A’raf 31].
It is stated in a hadith-i sharif:
(Wear your best clothes for salat. Allahu ta’ala is the worthiest of those for whom one adorns oneself.) [Bayhaqi]
It is not makruh to perform salat in clean and loose pajamas or a nightdress when one is at home, but one should not go to mosque wearing pajamas. Similarly, it is not appropriate to sit in pajamas when one is in the company of people with whom one is not intimately acquainted. In brief, one should not act in a manner that goes against manners and social conventions.
Question: Is there anything wrong with wearing clothes during salat on which there is a picture or writing?
If the picture or writing is visible, salat will be makruh. If it is covered with something, it will not be makruh.
Question: The legs of my new trousers are very long. I have not had them hemmed yet. Is it makruh to perform salat with my trouser legs rolled up?
There is nothing wrong with folding them up above your feet. However, if you fold them up until your legs are visible, it will make your salat makruh.
Question: Is it impermissible for a man to wear tight pants and to perform salat in them?
It is not permissible for a man, like a woman, to wear tight pants in public. It is makruh for him to perform salat in tight pants that cling to his private parts and buttocks. A man wearing such tight pants is not considered to be following the dress code that Islam prescribes for men whenever they are in company.
Question: Before beginning a salat, can I take off the pants of my suit and change into comfortable ones, so that the pants may not crease and wear out? Then I will wear my pants again after salat. Is there anything wrong with taking them off because I want to protect them and I do not want them to crease as I paid a lot of money for them?
Of course, you should protect your clothes, but you should take great care with salat, too. The Qur’an al-karim orders us to wear our best clothes for salat. One who will appear before a high-ranking and notable person should wear smart and clean clothes, so one should take more care with one’s appearance when one is in the presence of Allahu ta’ala. Try to obey the Qur’anic verse “When performing every salat, wear your fancy, clean, and favorite clothes” and the hadith-i sharif “A lovely scent lightens worry; nice and clean clothes lighten sorrow.” Therefore, wear clean clothes, even if they may be old. Performing salat in loose pajamas is permissible, not makruh.
Question: Is it permissible to perform salat in a lab coat? Is it considered a work garment?
We mean by work clothes oily and dirty clothes. If the lab coat is clean and neat, then there is nothing wrong with performing salat in it. It is better to offer salat wearing it.
Question: Is it permissible to look at the private parts and buttocks of a person performing salat in pants?
It is haram.
Question: Does a person have to button his jacket before starting a salat?
No, one does not have to, but it is better and good manners to button it.
Question: Is there anything wrong with starting a salat without buttoning shirt cuffs?
There is nothing wrong with it.
Question: Is there anything wrong with performing a salat in a garment on which there is a small crocodile logo?
If the picture of a living thing is so small that one cannot make out its limbs when it is put on the floor, it does not make salat makruh. (Se’adet-i Ebediyye)
Question: In the Shafi’i Madhhab, is it permissible to perform a salat in a garment on which there is the picture of a living thing? Does a picture on a wall render salat makruh?
The ruling of the Shafi’i Madhhab regarding this issue is the same as the ruling of the Hanafi Madhhab. That is, in the Shafi’i Madhhab it is makruh to perform salat in clothes on which there is a picture of a living thing.
If the picture of a living thing in a room where a person is performing salat does not distract attention from salat, it does not render salat makruh in the Shafi’i Madhhab, no matter where it is in the room. (Ýslam Ahlaký)