Is it an innovation for men not to cover their heads?

Answered by Shaykh Amjad Rasheed

Is it an innovation for men not to cover their heads?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

Covering the head with a cap or turban is a sunna for men, established through the practice of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace). However, it is not obligatory. A man who leaves covering his head is not sinful, though he has left a Prophetic sunna.

It is especially emphasized for men to cover their heads during prayer, because uncovering one’s head is irreverent, as stated by Shaykh Ibn Hajar [al-Haytami] in al-Tuhfa. He stated explicitly that it is disliked for men to pray with their heads uncovered.

– Amjad Rasheed

(Translated by Faraz Rabbani)


السؤال : هل ترك تغطية الرأس بدعة في حق الرجل عموماً ؟ الجواب : غطاء الرأس للرجل بنحو عمامة وطاقية سنةٌ ثابتةٌ عنه صلى الله عليه وسلم ولكنه ليس واجباً، فمن تركه لم يأثم لكنه تارك للسنة ، ويتأكد تغطيةُ رأسِ الرجل في الصلاة لما في كشف الرأس فيها من منافاة الخشوع كما قال الشيخ ابن حجر في “التحفة” وصرح بكراهة كشف الرأس فيها .