Tucking Up Clothes In Salaah, By Shaykh Mashhoor Hasan Aal-Salmaan

Some muslims tuck up their clothes before they begin their Salaat which is something forbidden.

Ibn’Abbaas related, ‘the prophet (saw) said: ‘I was ordered to prostrate on seven bones, was forbidden to tuck up my clothes and to collect my hair in Salaat’.(1)

Ibn Khuzaimah dedicated a chapter of his book “The Saheeh” for this issue and titled it with “Tucking up clothes in Salaat”.(2)

An-Nawawee said: ‘The ‘Ulamah agreed that it is a forbidden act to tuck up clothes, roll up sleeves or the like in Salaat’.(3)

Imaam Maalik said -concerning rolling up sleeves, then performing Salaat in such a state: ‘If one did this act while working then started his Salaat in such a state, it is all right but if he did it intentionally for doing Salaat or during it then there is no good in it’.(4)

In my opinion, the prohibition mentioned in the hadeeth is a general one whether one tucks up his clothes or collects his hair before or during doing Salaat.

An-Nawawee said: ‘Tucking up clothes or collecting hair is something detested. If one does Salaat in such a state, he has done something bad but his Salaat is correct and valid. Aboo Ja’far, Muhammad Ibn Jareer At-Tabaree held this opinion and related the ‘Ulamah’s unanimous agreement on it. Ibn Al-Munthir related from Al-Hasan Al-Basri that if one does such an act and then performed Salaat, he should repeat it’.(5)

Then he continued saying: ‘Al-Jumhoor’s opinion is that this prohibition is a general one whether it is done intentionally for Salaat or before it’. Ad-Daawoody, however, said: ‘The prohibition is addressed to those who do this act intentionally for Salaat. The sounder opinion is the first one, which was held by the Sahāba and others’.(6)


(1) Narrated by Muslim in the Book of Salāt, chapter: The organs of prostration and the
prohibition of tucking up clothes and gathering hair in Salāt, (vol. 1 / p. 354) (no. 490), An-Nasā’ī in the book of Salāt, chapter: The prohibition of tucking up hair in prostration, (vol. 2 / p. 215), Ibn Mājah in the book of doing Salāt, chapter: Tucking up clothes and gathering hair in Salāt, (vol. 1 / p. 331) (no. 1040), Ibn Khuzaimah in the Book of Salāt, chapter: The prohibition of tucking up clothes in Salāt (vol.1 / p. 383) (no. 782). I mentioned the first part of the hadīth’s narrations when editing “Man Wāfaqat Kunyatuhu Kunyata Zawjihi Mina As-Sahābah” by Ibn Hayawayh.

(2) “Sahīh Ibn khuzaimah” (vol. 1 / p. 383).

(3) “Sharh Sahīh Muslim” (vol. 4 / p. 209).

(4) “Al-Mudawwanah Al-Kubrā” (vol. 1 / p. 96).

(5) Sharh Sahīh Muslim (vol. 4 / p. 209).

(6) The previous reference.

[Taken from “The Clarified Ruling Of Mistakes Done In Salaah”, By Shaykh Mashhoor Hasan Aal-Salmaan, Pp. 39-40]


12 Responses to “Tucking Up Clothes In Salaah, By Shaykh Mashhoor Hasan Aal-Salmaan”

  1. salam alykum wa rahma

    what is ment by “gathering hair” is it like gathering them to tie them or touching your hair and playing with them is salah?? a bit confused


    • Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmat Ullaah,

      It is addressed to men who have quite long hair. They should not tie them back, rather let them fall on the floor with their head when doing salaah, as the Prophet (saw) mentioned, words to the effect of “Everything prostrates with you” meaning your hair, clothes etc…

      Again this is addressed to men, not women.

      I hope this has answered your question.

  2. salam alaikum, does tucking clothes mean the way men tuck shirt in the trouser, normally called inshirt in india.plz reply as this is very important to me and all .

    • Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmat Ullaah,

      What is forbidden is rolling up the sleeves of a shirt and rolling up the trousers (from the bottom, upwards).

      Whether or not it is also talking about tucking the shirt in, or not, Allaahu ‘alam. I don’t know.

      I’ll try finding out for u in shaa Allaah.

      Wassalaamu ‘alaykum.

      • Abdul-Raheem Says:


        But shudnt one keep his trousers above his ankles in salaah? As there is a hadeeth where the prophet (saw) told that man to repeat his salah again and again bcz his trousers were below his ankles…

        And what if one cannot do that but by rolling up his trousers?

      • Abdul-Raheem Says:

        Here’s the hadoth i was talking about:

        Abu Hurairah related that a man was once doing his Salaah and his Izaar was let down.

        The prophet (saw) said to him: ‘go and perform Wudu’’.

        The man went and performed Wudu’’.

        The prophet (saw) said to him a gain: ‘Go and perform Wudu’’.

        Another man -who was present- asked: ‘O Messenger of Allāh (saw)! Why did you ask him to perform Wudu’?

        The prophet (saw) answered: ‘He performed his Salaah while his Izaar was let down to the ground. Verily, Allah (swt) does not accept [i.e. does not give reward for] the Salaah of he who performs it and his Izaar is let down to the ground’.

        Recorded Abu dawood, Ahmad & Nisaa’i

        • Assalaamu ‘alaykum,

          Firstly, this hadeeth is unauthentic, as is stated by the muhadditheen.

          Secondly; the Prophet (saw) said, “Isbaal is in three, the izhaar, the turban and the jubbah.” [Aboo Daawood]

          And Izhaar is a lower garment, however the trousers are NOT considered as the izhaar in this sense in the hadeeth mentioned, as the Prophet (saw) only mentioned three clothings. And he did NOT mention the trousers here.

          Based on this many scholars have said that if ones TROUSERS are below ones ankles, then there is no harm in this…

          So there is no need (based upon this opinion) to roll up ones trousers when doing salaah, as (a) the hadeeth in the article forbids it and (b) this hadeeth u mentioned is weak.

          Thirdly; So it is not a MUST that one should have his TROUSERS above his ankles in salaah, however those who do this (roll them up in salaah) usually quote other hadeeths which stress the need to have ones izhaar above one ankles. But the odd thing is, they only do so in salaah and not outside of it…

          Ok, I need to go pray my salaah, sorry I’ll be back in a tick…

          Wassalaamu ‘alaykum

          • Abdul Hakeem Says:

            wow, i never knew this stuff about the trouser hanging below the ankles b4.

          • Abdul Hakeem Says:

            by the way u haven’t finished the answer.

          • Asalaamualikum

            The izhar (lower garment) is exactly that a lower garment, so can you please explain why the scholars considered the trousers not a lower garment since the trousers (specific cut) has come about in only recent times. so the prophet pbuh not mentioning specifically trousers.. would not apply. The trousers would only differ in terms of actual cut and shape and rather in reality be a lower garment.

            Also is the hadeeth you quoted from [Aboo Daawood] saheeh and who was is classed saheeh by?

            jazakAllah Khairan

            • Also your view that it is forbidden is also not agreed by many scholars. rather they say it is makrooh.

              the hadeeth of Abu Juhayfah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:

              I saw Bilaal bring out an iron-tipped spear and set it up, and the Messenger of Allaah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) came out wearing a suit that was rolled or tucked up. He prayed two rak‘ahs, facing the spear, and I saw people and animals passing in front of the spear.

              Narrated by al-Bukhaari (5768) in a chapter entitled: Rolling or tucking up one’s garment. He also narrated a longer version (no. 376) and it was also narrated by Muslim (no. 503).

              Imam al-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: Rolled or tucked up means that it came to mid-calf or thereabouts, as he said in the previous report: It is as if I can see the whiteness of his shins. Sharh Muslim, 4/220-221

              It may be understood that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) tucked up his garment to show that it is permissible, and that does not contradict its being makrooh, because it is possible that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) did some things that are makrooh in order to show that they do not reach the level of being haraam; rather they are makrooh only; therefore that action is not makrooh in his case (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him).

              And this is what is referred to here, i.e., tucking up the garment so that the calf or shin is uncovered. This is what is mentioned in the hadeeths, as in the report narrated by al-Bukhaari (3566): The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) came out and it is as if I [the narrator] can see the whiteness of his shins – i.e., because he tucked up his garment and they became visible. Hence when al-Bukhaari narrated the hadeeth in a chapter entitled Rolling or tucking up the garment, al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar (may Allah have mercy on him) said, commenting on the chapter heading: This means lifting up the lower part of the garment. Then he said: From this it may be understood that the prohibition on tucking up the garment when praying applies to something other than the hem of the garment. It is possible that this happened coincidently or that it was during a journey, which is the situation in which the garment may be rolled up. End quote. Fath al-Baari, 10/256

            • There were trouser at the time of the prophet (saw). Below are two narations showing that they were aware of trousers in those days:


              The prophet () “Forbade that a muslim performs Salāt wearing
              tight trousers with no Ridā’ over it”. This hadīth was narrated by Abū Dāwūd and
              Al-Hākim. It is a sound hadīth as is mentioned in “Sahīh Al-Jāmi’As-Sagīr”
              (no.6830), At-Tahāwī in “Sharh Ma‘ānī Al-’Āthār” (vol.1 / p.382). Refer to Shaikh
              Hmūd Tuwaijir’s book “Al-Idāh Wat Tabyīn Limā Waqa‘a Fihī Al-Aktharūn Min
              Mushābahat Al-Mushrikīn” (pp.77-82).


              Al-Bukhārī related through [an authentic] chain of narrators
              traced back to Abū Hurairah () to have said: ‘A man came to the
              prophet () and asked him about the ruling regarding offering Salāt
              wearing one garment. The prophet () answered: ‘Does each of
              you have two garments’.? [i.e. not all of you have two garments,
              so offering Salāt in one garment is permissible].
              A man came to ‘Umar () asking him the same question.
              ‘Umar () said: ‘whenever Allāh () expands his bounty on
              you[so you can afford more than one garment with which you
              could offer Salāt] you should do so ; a man may offer his Salāt
              wearing Izār and Rīdā; Izār and Qamīs, Izār and Qabā’,
              trousers and Ridā’ , trousers and Qamīs, trousers and Qabā’,
              Tubbān and Qabā’ or Tubbān and Qamīs’.

              Related by Al- Bukhārī, the Book of Salāt, chapter: Offering Salāt wearing the
              Qamīs, trousers, Tubbān and Qabā’ (vol. 1 / p. 475) (no. 365). It is also related by
              Imām Mālik in his “Muwatta’ ” (vol.1 / no.140,31), Muslim in his “Sahīh” (515),
              Abū Dāwūd in his “Sunnan” (no.625), An- Nasā’i in “Al-Mujtaba” (vol.2 / p.69),
              Ibn Mājah in his “Sunnan” (no.1047), Al-Humaidī in “AL-Musnad” (no.937),
              Ahmad in his “Sunnan” (vol.2 / pp. 238-39), At-Tayālisī in “Al-Musnad” (no.355),
              At-Tahāwī in “Sharh Ma‘ānī Al- ’Āthār” (vol.1 / p.379), Al-Baghawī in “Sharh AlSunnah” (vol.2 / p.419), Abū Nu’aim in “Al-Hilyah” (vol.6 / p.307) and Al-Khatīb
              in “Talkhīs Al-Mutashābih” (vol.1 / p.442).

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