Assalam alaikum & Peace to all
Just a continuation of the last post - where I posed a question about why women must cover their heads for Salah. These are some of the quotes I have read.
The fact that a woman’s clothing should cover all of her body whilst praying is indicated by the hadeeth of Umm Salamah (may Allaah be pleased with her) who was asked about what clothes a woman should pray in. she said: “She should pray in a khimaar (head cover) and a long chemise that covers the tops of her feet.” Narrated by Abu Dawood, 639
And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah does not accept the prayer of a woman who menstruates (i.e., an adult woman) unless her head is covered.” Narrated by Abu Dawood, 641; al-Tirmidhi, 377; Ibn Maajah, 655; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 7747.
All schools of law agreed that women shoul cover their heads in the prayers. According to Aisha’s relation, when Asma, Abu Bakr’s daughter, entered the Prophet’s presence with a thin cloth on her, the Prophet turned his face away an said: “O Asma! When a woman reached the age of puberty –pointing at his face and hands-, with the exception of this and that, she should not be seen –by the strangers. (Abu Dawud, Libas, 34). In another tradition: “God does not accept the woman’s prayer bareheaded when she reached the age of puberty.” (Hakim el-Neysaburi, Mustadrak, I, 251; Abu Dawud, Salat, 85, no: 641, I, 422; Tirmidhi, Salat, 277, no: 377, II, 215; Ibn Maja, Tahara, 132, no: 655, I, 214; Ahmad b. Hanbal, Musnad, VI, 150, 218, 259.
So there you go... that is what I have found regarding this.
I found something interesting in one of the 'answer' sections...
It was a question about women wearing pants
Based on this, it is not permissible for a woman to wear tight clothes that show her ‘awrah, such as pants or trousers.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said:
Even if they are wide and opaque, because they distinguish one leg from the other, so they do not cover properly. Moreover there is the fear that this makes women resemble men, because pants are a man’s garment. End quote.
Now I find this interesting... because many women do wear pants, loose ones, but I know that there is that fear of imitating the opposite sex - so this is my other question - Do you wear pants and if so are you worried about imitation?