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What is ruling of wearing cap by men in Islam and is there any wrong if I decide not to put on the cap at all?

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asked May 14, 2012 by sagheer (18 points)
edited May 14, 2012 by admin

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The wearing of cap or turban or imamah or any head gear is customary and NOTHING TO DO WITH ISLAM.

In some cultures wearing headgears is cultural tradition.

In India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia wearing cap is customary. In olden days it was almost essential to wear cap and cover heads specially before the elders. Now this practice is diminishing with the passage of time.

Arabs used to wear 'imamah' (head gear) traditionaly to protect themselves from dust storms. This head gear was of multipurpose. To use it as bed sheet, a head-rest, to bind around the legs and back to make sitting comfortable without a support (back) etc.
answered May 14, 2012 by M Rashid Hai (2,566 points)
edited May 14, 2012 by M Rashid Hai
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Praise be to Allah.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“O Children of Adam! Take your adornment (by wearing your clean clothes) while praying…” [al-A’raaf 7:31]

Adorning oneself for prayer is something that is additional to covering the ‘awrah. Hence, for men, head not being part of awrah is not compulsory for covering. Whereas, for women, head being part of awrah, women are commanded to cover their heads when praying, although they are allowed to uncover their heads in front of their mahrams. 

Furtherermore, for men, if covering the head is customarily regarded as a part of adornment in a particular country, then the head should be covered, otherwise it does not have to be covered. 

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar said to his freed slave Naafi’: “Do you go and meet people bareheaded?” He said: “No.” He said: “Allaah has more right that you should be modest before Him.”

This indicates that it is better to cover the head, but if we apply the words of Allaah - (interpretation of the meaning): “O Children of Adam! Take your adornment (by wearing your clean clothes) while praying” [al-A’raaf 7:31] – to this issue, we will see that covering the head is better among people who regard covering the head as a kind of adornment. But if we are among people who do not regard that as a kind of adornment, we do not say that covering it is better or that leaving it bare is better.

It is proven that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to pray in a turban, and the turban is a head covering. End quote.  Al-Sharh al-Mumti’, 2/166

And Allah knows the best

answered May 15, 2012 by Tanveer (2,870 points)
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There is no hadith regarding wearing of cap or any sort of head-gear while offering prayers (salaat).

The Prophet - Peace be upon him - used to wear 'imamah' (turban / head-gear) as it was the cultural tradition of Arabs to wear 'imamah' (turban, head-gear). As he - Peace be upon him - was wearing 'imamah' all the time (except when in sleeping or rest mode) he - Peace be upon him - use to keep wearing 'imamah' while offering prayers.

Please don't be very inqusitive about the matters for which there is no clear cut directives either in Qur'an or Sunnah / hadith.

One should be very clear in mind that all those traditinal practices or customs which do not conflict with the 'Shariah' - the Islamic laws - are permissable.
answered May 15, 2012 by M Rashid Hai (2,566 points)
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Salaams... only those Muslims who follow the Hanafi madhab wear a hat on their head for salah. We all know that Muhammad (saw) wore a turban and not necessarily a "topi".

The reason why Hanafi's were the hat is because Imam Abu Hanifah took the people of Madina as a source of hukm because they were praised by Muhammad (saw). Hence when Imam Abu Hanifa went to Madina he saw the people of Madina wearing a hat and so he did so too as did his students and so on. Hence those who follow the Hanafi madhab wear hats and that is predominantly those Muslims in the Indian Subcontinant.

And Allah (swt) knows best... you brother in Islam

answered May 15, 2012 by Nozrul (10,282 points)
The question is not whether Imam Abu Hanifa ra or his followers wear cap or not.
The question is whether there is any ruling (directive) in Islam to wear cap or any head-gear.
The answer is NO.
Salaams brother and JazakhAllah for your reply

Your original question was: "What is ruling of wearing cap by men in Islam and is there any wrong if I decide not to put on the cap at all?"

Any application of ahkam/hukm (directive) from the Qur'an and Sunnah is explained and elucidated to us via scholars since we are unable to understand the Qur'an and Hadith and deduce ahkams/hukms (directives) from them for ourselves. If we are able to do this of our own accord then that will make us scholars, hence I explained that Imam Abu Hanifah is who has deduced hukm that people should cover their heads in salah. It is his madhab that follows that as an opinon and  hence his followers practice this.

So the answer to your question isn't a simple yes or no, its to do with what opinion do you follow. Some opinions say it is mandoob and others say it is mubah.

Your brother in Islam