Covering Hair For Women In Prayer
What is the ruling of covering hair for women while offering prayer?
In the name of Allah, we praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright.
`A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Allah does not accept the prayer of a woman who has reached puberty unless she wears a veil.” (Abu Dawud)
Covering the `awrah is one of the prerequisites of Prayer. Allah says in the Qur’an:
“O Children of Adam, take your adornment (by wearing proper clothing) for every mosque.” (Al-A`raf 7:31)
The word “adornment” here refers to covering the `awrah, while the word “mosque” means “prayer.” Therefore, the whole phrase means “Cover your `awrah for every prayer.”
Abu Bakr ibn Al-Mundhir said: “The scholars are unanimously agreed that a free, adult woman must cover her head when she prays, and that if she prays with her entire head uncovered, then she must repeat the prayer. Others also narrated that there was consensus that covering is an essential condition. (Sharh Al-`Umdah)
For more information about covering hair for women, watch this interesting talk with Dr. Muhammad Salah.
Source: Huda Youtube Channel.