What is the stance of Shafi’i madhhab on the covering of the head with a kufi/hat during salah? Is it obligatory, encouraged, mustahhab, etc.?
Wa alaykum salam wa rahmatuLlahi wa barakatuHu,
According to Ibn Hajar al-Haytami, uncovering the head (for a man, non-pilgrim) is disliked [makruh] in prayer, as is found in Tuhfat al-Muhtaj vol. 2, pg. 162. Shaykh Sulayman al-Kurdi related it in al-Hawashy al-Madaniyyah vol. 1, pg. 296 too.
And, Allah knows best.
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