Performing salaah with a thin scarf

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1. When I tie a scarf around my head to pray, it sometimes moves or my hair can be seen through the material or my shoulder or neck can be seen through as it is slightly (not very) see through because of this I feel my prayer has been invalidated. Is this true? I of course wear clothes under the scarf but if the scarf is slightly see through, will this invalidate my namaz?

2. All the namaz I have been reading with this scarf, so if my namaz is invalid, would this mean my nikah would be invalidated?



1. If the scarf is see through but you had worn another cloth under the scarf, then the salaah will be valid. If you did not wear any cloth under the scarf and your entire hair was visible through the scarf, the salaah will not be valid.

2. Through the salaah being invalid, your nikaah will not become invalid.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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