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Folding of trousers in prayers?


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

We begin with Allah’s blessed name, we praise him and we glorify him, seek his forgiveness and ask him to guide us. Whoever Allah guides, None can lead astray and whoever he misguides, None can guide. There is no power and no strength except from Allah, The most high, the Most great, the most powerful. We bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers. We pray for peace and blessings on all the noble messengers and in particular on the last of them all “the blessed prophet Mohammad (pbuh)”

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "The part of an Izar which hangs below the ankles is in the Fire." SAHIH AL-BUKHARI [Volume 7, Book 72, Number 678]

Yahya related to me from Malik from Abdullah ibn Dinar from Abdullah ibn Umar that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "A person who drags his garment in arrogance will not be looked at by Allah on the Day of Rising." MALIK'S MUWATTA [Dress, Book 48, Number 48.5.9]

Narrated 'Abdullah bin 'Umar: The Prophet said Allah will not look, on the Day of Resurrection at the person who drags his garment (behind him) out of conceit. On that Abu Bakr said, "O Allah's Apostle! One side of my Izar hangs low if I do not take care of it." The Prophet said, 'You are not one of those who do that out of conceit." SAHIH AL-BUKHARI [Volume 7, Book 72, Number 675]

Thus it is clear that a believer at all times should avoid & abstain from all types of things that beget arrogance & pride for his possession and if wearing the 'izar' lower the ankle begets arrogance, then the believer must indeed abstain from it.

The command of prophet(pbuh) is not to hang the lower garments below the ankles for all the times and not only when one offer prayers. But if one folds his trouser only at the times of prayer, then it would not be considered righteousness as Allah says in Quran:

"And whatever the Messenger gives you, take it, and whatever he forbids you, leave it. And fear Allah: truly Allah is severe in punishment. " [Qur'an 59:7]

If one so fears Allah and wants to make absolutely sure to stay within the letter and the spirit of the law, then it would be safest and absolutely best if one wears clothes whereby the lower garment is above his ankles.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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