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“Intergluteal cleft” showing in sujood


Assalamou alaykoum wa rahmatoullah

I pray at home in jogger pants because I usually dress like that, I was sunni before and it was not making the prayer void in my madhab if the top of my intergluteal cleft (or “butt crack”) sorry I’m not from an English speaking country so I don’t know if this word is appropriate) was showing because of sujood.

When I became Shia I didn’t think about this and I realized yesterday (since this happened in sujood) that this happens from time to time, for example when my pants are not tightened enough. Are my previous prayers void? And if this incident happens again because I still wear those pants, does that make my next prayers void or anything? Thank you. I follow Sistani by the way.


Wa Alaykum Assalam wa Rahmatullah

Welcome to the righteous sect of Islam.

If only that part was seen during prayers then it will not invalidate the Salat. But it would be good for a Mo’min to wear in a way that his parts are not seen during the prayers. If the private parts, that is, the front(genital part) and behind(anus), are visible during the Salat then it would invalidate the Salat. Your previous Salat are correct if the private parts were not visible.

According to Ayatullah al-Udhma Sayyid Ali Sistany:

Ruling 775. While performing prayers, a man must cover his private parts even if no one sees him; and it is better that he covers his body from the navel to the knees.

Ruling 778. If when performing prayers one intentionally does not cover his private parts(1) his prayers are invalid. If he does this on account of not knowing the ruling, in the event that he was negligent in not learning the ruling, he must, based on obligatory precaution, perform the prayers again.

Ruling 779. If someone realises during his prayers that his private parts are visible, he must cover them and it is not necessary for him to repeat his prayers. However, the obligatory precaution is that while he realises that his private parts are visible, he must not continue with any component of the prayer. And if he realises after his prayer that during the prayer his private parts were visible, his prayer is valid.

Ruling 780. If some clothing covers one’s private parts while he is standing but it is possible that it would not cover them in other positions – for example, in the position of rukūʿ and sujūd (prostrating) – then, in the event that when his private parts are visible he covers them by some means, his prayer is valid. However, the recommended precaution is that he should not perform prayers with such clothing.

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