Folding Pants in Salaah

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Q: Most of the time I use a kurtha whilst performing salaah but when I am in my work attire which is a short sleeve shirt and a trouser which extends below my ankle. When performing salaah with this attire I use a Jubbah. But recently learnt that folding the pants to ensure that it is above the ankle is un-desireble and that the pants should be shorter. Is this true? When I learnt this I began folding my pants outside in so that it doesn't show folded! I have the email of the pamphlet if you would like to view it.

A. Many Hadeeth are clear on the prohibition of wearing the pants below the ankles. An example is the Hadeeth in Bukhaari wherein Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) says that whichever portion below the ankles is covered will be in Jahannam. The pants should permanently be above the ankles, whether in or out of Salaah. If a person wears the pants below the ankles, the least he can do is to fold it when performing Salaah. It does not make a difference whether it is folded towards the inside or outside. 

Mufti Siraj adds:

We have seen this pamphlet wherein it is emphasized that the pants should be shortened and not folded when making Salaah. However, the correct view is that the ideal thing is for one to have pants that is permanently above the ankles, even by a few centimetres. But if one has a trouser that is below the ankles, then the least he should do is to fold it up to above the ankles. This folded garment is the lesser of the two evils. 

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Checked and approved by: Mufti Siraj Desai