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Repeating salaah if the imaam’s pants were below the ankles

Fatwaa ID: 1036

Does the Hanafi have to repeat his salah when offered behind an Imam whose izaar was below his ankles

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

At the outset, it is prohibitively disliked to trail one’s lower garments below the ankles, in salaah as well as out of salaah. Express and severe warnings have been narrated. Consider the following hadith of Rasulullaah ﷺ narrated by Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (R), as recorded by Imaam Bukhaari (R),

مَا أَسْفَلَ مِنَ الْكَعْبَيْنِ مِنَ الإِزَارِ فَفِي النَّارِ
“Whatever is below the ankles from the lower garment will be in the Hellfire.”

Imaam Abu Dawood (R) narrates an incident that Rasulullaah ﷺ once say a man performing salaah with his lower garment trailing below his ankles. He advised him to repeat his wudhu. When he did not pull up his lower garment, he again advised him to repeat his wudhu. When asked about this, Rasulullaah ﷺ replied,

إِنه كانَ يُصلِّى وهو مُسْبلٌ إِزارهُ، إِن اللَّه لاَ يقْبلُ صلاةَ رجُلٍ مُسبِلٍ
“Lo! He was performing salaah while trailing his lower garment. Indeed, Allaah does not accept the salaah of a man who trails (his lower garment).”

The jurists understand this hadith to be for emphasis in the reprehension and the admonishing. The salaah remains valid and does not have to be repeated. However, it is makrooh to perform salaah behind such an imaam. If you have an alternative place, you should attend that congregation instead.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

09/24/1444 AH – 04/15/2023 CE | AMG1-2992

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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