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Is it Sunnah to wear a Turban while praying, Is it obligatory for Muslims to wear Turbans and skullcaps? What did prophet Muhammad (PBUH) say about wearing a turban while praying?


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Is it Sunnah to wear a Turban while praying, Is it obligatory for Muslims to wear Turbans and skullcaps? What did prophet Muhammad (PBUH) say about wearing a turban while praying?
The Answer: 

Turban and skullcap are acceptable. Everyone is free to wear turbans or skullcaps because Islam did not set it obligatory for Muslims to wear turbans or skullcaps. As long as things that are considered to be suggesting unbelief ( like priests’ caps) are not worn on the head, it is alright.

However, it is a sunnah to wear a turban while praying. The Apostle of Allah (pbuh) states: “ Two rakats of prayer with a turban on the head is more beneficial than seventy rakats of prayer without a turban.” For this reason, it is better not to avoid wearing a turban while praying. There is no information on the length of the turban. It is something about tradition. There is a conflict about whether a cap does the same work as a turban. According to Ibn Hajar, it is not the same.  According to what is written in the book titled “Bughyat ul- Mustarshidin, it does the same work.

“The difference between us and the polytheists is our turbans that we wrap around calyptras” ( Tirmidhi, Clothing, 42). According to Ibn Qayyim’s statement, the Prophet sometimes  wound the turban around the kalyptra and he sometimes wore a kalyptra without a turban around it and a turban without a kalyptra around it. (Ash-Shawkani, Nayl ul-Awtar, Bairut, nd II, 108)

According to this narration, the Prophet (pbuh) gave importance to wearing a turban. He sometimes wore a kalyptra which includes a cap, with or without a turban wrapped around it.



11-08-2010 08:31:52

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