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Significance of wearing cap

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What is the significance of wearing a topi (head covering ) for males ; is it essential for the following (a) salaah (b) reciting the quran ? Is it cultural or is it an essential part of Islam? May Allah (SWT) reward you


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Significance of wearing cap

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Wearing a covering on the head while offering his prayers or while reciting the Quran is not amongst the obligatory acts for a believing male in Shariah. If one covers his head, or leaves it uncovered; both ways his prayers and his worship will be considered valid.


The dressing norm at the time of the Messenger of Allah (saws) was such that the Arabs used to wear a turban over their heads; and thus the Messenger of Allah (saws) normally always prayed with his head covered. Thus, if the normal dress code of the person is such that he covers his head (like the Arab gatra or head-cover); then it is fine to pray with the head cover. But if there the normal dress code of the person is such that in normal circumstances he does not cover his head, there is no need to specially cover his head while praying or reciting the Quran. But if he does cover his head, there is no harm.


Ibn 'Asakir related that the Prophet would sometimes remove his head cover (turban) and place it in front of him as a sutrah for prayer.


It is obligatory for a believing woman to cover her head and her full body while offering her prayers.


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