Is a prayer performed by wearing a mask and gloves valid?

The Details of the Question

What is the decree about covering the mouth and nose in prayer? Is it permissible to perform prayers by wearing a mask and gloves in this period, especially when corona virus is widespread?
– I remember reading in Hanafi catechism (ilm al-hal) that it is makruh to cover the mouth and nose in prayer. Is it true?
– Is it necessary for those who perform prayers by wearing a mask to leave the nose uncovered to allow it to touch the ground or should they perform prayers without wearing a mask in this period, especially when corona virus is widespread?
– If a person prostrates in prayer with a mask that covers the nose, is that prostration valid?
– If the mask is worn in such a way as to leave the nose open and close the mouth, will it be makruh?

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

Masks and gloves do not prevent prayer; a prayer performed with a mask and gloves is valid.

It is not makruh to perform prayers by wearing a mask, and to cover the mouth and nose with a mask.

Prostration by wearing a mask that covers the nose is valid; it is not necessary to keep the nose uncovered.

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