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The Least You Can Pray In (Hadith No. 361)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Volume 1, Book 8, Number 361:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

A man stood up and asked the Prophet about praying in a single garment. The Prophet said, “Has every one of you two garments?” A man put a similar question to ‘Umar on which he replied, “When Allah makes you wealthier then you should clothe yourself properly during prayers. Otherwise one can pray with an Izar and a Rida’ (a sheet covering the upper part of the body.) Izar and a shirt, Izar and a Qaba’, trousers and a Rida, trousers and a shirt or trousers and a Qaba’, Tubban and a Qaba’ or Tubban and a shirt.” (The narrator added, “I think that he also said a Tubban and a Rida. “)

Read more on it here and here. :)

Wassalam.

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The Haya of the Prophet (SAW) (Hadith No. 360)

Salam,
Bismillah.

This is a very cute incident. Note that the Prophet (SAW) was very young at this time.

Volume 1, Book 8, Number 360:

Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah:

While Allah’s Apostle was carrying stones (along) with the people of Mecca for (the building of) the Ka’ba wearing an Izar (waist-sheet cover), his uncle Al-‘Abbas said to him, “O my nephew! (It would be better) if you take off your Izar and put it over your shoulders underneath the stones.” So he took off his Izar and put it over his shoulders, but he fell unconscious and since then he had never been seen naked.

Haya (modesty) has been an attribute of the Prophets. It is a part of Iman. I’ve covered this topic in the past. So read up:

Hadith no. 8 and Hadith no. 23.

Remember, no amount of haya is enough. The more the better. :)

Wassalam.

Tight Sleeves (Hadith No. 359)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Girls. We wear clothes with tight sleeves an when time for prayer comes, we ask: is it fardh (mandatory) to wash our arms during wudhu? Let’s see what the Prophet (SAW) did…

Volume 1, Book 8, Number 359:

Narrated Mughira bin Shu’ba:

Once I was traveling with the Prophet and he said, “O Mughira! take this container of water.” I took it and Allah’s Apostle went far away till he disappeared. He answered the call of nature and was wearing a Syrian cloak. He tried to take out his hands from its sleeve but it was very tight so he took out his hands from under it. I poured water and he performed ablution like that for prayers and passed his wet hands over his Khuff (leather socks) and then prayed.

Clear enough? Yes, it is fardh to wash arms for wudhu. If you have to take off the shirt to do wudhu, do it. Or just make wudhu before wearing such clothes and make things easy for yourself. :)

Wassalam.

Praying in a Single Garment [Details] (Ahadith 349-358)

Salam,
Bismillah.

There’s a lot of detail regarding this topic in the upcoming Ahadith, so we’ll do them in one post inshaAllah.
Read this for reference.

Volume 1, Book 8, Number 349:

Narrated Muhammad bin Al Munkadir:

I saw Jabir bin ‘Abdullah praying in a single garment and he said that he had seen the Prophet praying in a single garment.

Volume 1, Book 8, Number 350:

Narrated ‘Umar bin Abi Salama:

The Prophet prayed in one garment and crossed its ends.

Volume 1, Book 8, Number 351:

Narrated ‘Umar bin Abi Salama:

I saw the Prophet offering prayers in a single garment in the house of Um-Salama and he had crossed its ends around his shoulders.

Volume 1, Book 8, Number 352:

Narrated ‘Umar bin Abi Salama:

In the house of Um-Salama I saw Allah’s Apostle offering prayers, wrapped in a single garment around his body with its ends crossed round his shoulders.

Volume 1, Book 8, Number 353:

Narrated Abu Murra:

(the freed slave of Um Hani) Um Hani, the daughter of Abi Talib said, “I went to Allah’s Apostle in the year of the conquest of Mecca and found him taking a bath and his daughter Fatima was screening him. I greeted him. He asked, ‘Who is she?’ I replied, ‘I am Um Hani bint Abi Talib.’ He said, ‘Welcome! O Um Hani.’ When he finished his bath he stood up and prayed eight Rak at while wearing a single garment wrapped round his body and when he finished I said, ‘O Allah’s Apostle ! My brother has told me that he will kill a person whom I gave shelter and that person is so and so the son of Hubaira.’ The Prophet said, ‘We shelter the person whom you have sheltered.’ ” Um Ham added, “And that was before noon (Duha).”

Reference here.

Volume 1, Book 8, Number 354:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

A person asked Allah’s Apostle about the offering of the prayer in a single garment. Allah’s Apostle replied, “Has every one of you got two garments?”

Volume 1, Book 8, Number 355:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet said, “None of you should offer prayer in a single garment that does not cover the shoulders.”

Volume 1, Book 8, Number 356:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Apostle said, “Whoever prays in a single garment must cross its ends (over the shoulders).”

Volume 1, Book 8, Number 357:

Narrated Said bin Al-Harith:

I asked Jabir bin ‘Abdullah about praying in a single garment. He said, “I travelled with the Prophet during some of his journeys, and I came to him at night for some purpose and I found him praying. At that time, I was wearing a single garment with which I covered my shoulders and prayed by his side. When he finished the prayer, he asked, ‘O Jabir! What has brought you here?’ I told him what I wanted. When I finished, he asked, ‘O Jabir! What is this garment which I have seen and with which you covered your shoulders?’ I replied, ‘It is a (tight) garment.’ He said, ‘If the garment is large enough, wrap it round the body (covering the shoulders) and if it is tight (too short) then use it as an Izar (tie it around your waist only.)’ “

Volume 1, Book 8, Number 358:

Narrated Sahl:

The men used to pray with the Prophet with their Izars tied around their necks as boys used to do; therefore the Prophet told the women not to raise their heads till the men sat down straight (while praying).

These Ahadith imply:

  1. One may pray in a single garment if more is not available.
  2. Condition: shoulders and belly button till knees should be covered.
P.S. this is for men only.
Wassalam.

Praying in a Single Garment (Hadith No. 348)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Hadith no. 347 is a repeat. Read it here.

Volume 1, Book 8, Number 348:

Narrated Muhammad bin Al-Munkadir:

Once Jabir prayed with his Izar tied to his back while his clothes were Lying beside him on a wooden peg. Somebody asked him, “Do you offer your prayer in a single Izar?” He replied, “I did so to show it to a fool like you. Had anyone of us two garments in the life-time of the Prophet?”

Salah (prayer) can be offered in a single garment (izar/rida), provided the body parts that need to be covered (for men: shoulders, belly button till knees) are properly covered.

Women need to cover head to toe. Hands, feet and face may show.

Wassalam.

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