Shorts are a garment worn over the pelvic area, circling the waist and splitting to cover the upper part of the legs, sometimes extending down to the knees but not covering the entire length of the leg. They are called "shorts" because they are a shortened version of trousers, which cover the entire leg, but not the foot. Shorts are typically worn in warm weather or in an environment where comfort and air flow are more important than the protection of the legs.


Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answered 4 months ago

Allah knows best who is going to hell or not, and no one here can answer that question for anyone.

Even if you do not wear hijab, it is more appropriate to wear clothing that is longer than shorts to respect the value of modesty. 


Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 1 year ago

Bismihi ta'ala

From a fiqhi perspective, a male is allowed to wear shorts, even if it is above his knees.

In Sunni fiqh, according to most of their madhhabs, the knee is considered to be included in the private parts ('awra), so it must all be covered, from the naval to the knees.

However, according to the Shi'i Ja'fari school of thought, the only wajib part to cover is the private parts alone, front and back. 

If a male prays in shorts, the prayer will be valid, although it is not very much advisable to do so, as we must honour the prayer and present ourselves to the Almighty in the most dignified and elegant way possible. That's why, for example, it's so mustahab to use perfume before praying, and so on. 

As for going out in public with shorts, whether they reach the knees or above the knees, this would depend on the society that you live in. For sports or swimming there would not be any issue, but outside of sports, or swimming, we must take into strong consideration whether it is socially acceptable or not.

This is also where the topic of libas al-shuhra would be discussed, and we can leave that for another time.

If one lives in a non-Muslim society, it does not mean he abandons his religious appearance or cultural upbringing, or changes his moral standards. A male also has a form of hijab and modesty, and he must observe this as much as possible.

Is it appropriate for a pious mu'min to be seen wearing shorts casually in public? Most people would answer with a no. A mu'min always sets high standards for himself, and tries to represent his faith and religion in the best form possible, all the time. 

And Allah knows best. 


Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 2 years ago

Yes they are allowed but they should avoid doing so in front of non Mahram women when it can cause inconvenience to their feelings or respect.