9) CAN A MAN’S CALF BE UNCOVERED?
The first contradictory hadith: To a companion whose calf was not covered the Prophet said: “Cover your calf as it is your privy parts”
The second contradictory hadith: The prophet was in a reclining position at his house with his calves uncovered. Abu Bakr asked permission to be admitted into his presence. The Prophet nodded consent without changing his position. Omar followed suit and he received the same approval.
According to one of the hadiths, man must cover his calf, while according to another; this is countered by the fact that the Prophet had not changed his position despite his uncovered calves. Certain sects inspired by the first hadith above brought in a prohibition for men whose part of the body extending from his waist down to his knees had to be covered.