Is Salah Permissible Wearing a Mask

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Fatwa ID: 04976


Answered by: Maulana Naieem Mohammad




Is Salah permissible wearing a mask?



In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful




It is makruh for men (disliked) to cover the face by wearing a mask or by any other method,i.e. covering the nose and mouth whilst in Salaat.[1] Abu Hurayra (r.a.) states that The Prophet (s.a.w.) prohibited “Sadl” in Salaat and prohibited a man from covering his mouth (in Salaat)[2]


If a person has a valid excuse, then it would be totally fine to wear a mask during Salaat, such an excuse which prevents harm[3] to oneself or others, or used as precautionary methods such as the Covid 19 guidelines. A valid excuse may include allergies, preventing the spread of disease, or advice from a medical expert.



Only Allah knows best

Written by Maulana Naieem Mohammad

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham




[1] Fatawaa Hindiyya,pg 108,vol 1

[2] Abu Dawood,Hadith 641

[3] Qawaaid ul Fiqhiyya,pg 28 # 15 – 3rd Qaida



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