A man may do his Salaah with his head is uncovered unlike women; their heads are part of their private parts that should be totally covered. However, a male Muslim should preferably be in his most beautiful and neatest shape when lie does his Salaah, so he should preferably wear a turban or any kind of head cover. Uncovering the head in Salaah for no legal reason is one of the detested act especially in obligatory and congregational Salaah.
Shaykh AI-Albaanee said: I think, doing Salaah while the head is uncovered is a detested act for a muslim should be in his most beautiful Islamic appearance when doing Salaah.
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him] said: Allaah (SWT) is more worthy that one beautifies oneself for.
As-Salaf (our righteous predecessors) used to consider it a detested act to uncover ones head, walk in the street and get into the mosque in such a state. This bad habit has actually got into our Islamic countries through colonization and Muslims regretfully adopted it blindly and hence losing most of their Islamic characteristics. The hadeeth that states:
"Sometimes, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to take off his turban and place it in front of him in Salaah as a sutrah [barrier],"
Should not be taken as a pretext to abandon this Islamic tradition especially when doing Salaah. However, the hadeeth is weak. Had the hadeeth been authentic, it does not mean, by any means, to uncover ones head all the time, it only indicates that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to do so if he had no sutrah, for taking sutrah is much more important than covering the head.
As for some Muslims who claim that one is permitted to uncover his head [in Salaah) like he does in Hajj, this is indeed a false analogy. Uncovering the head in Hajj is one of its rites that no other act of worship shares. Had this kind of analogy been correct, then uncovering ones head in Salaah would have been obligatory since it is so in Hajj. Those who claim the first part of this conditional clause should stick to its second part otherwise it should be totally abandoned and they had better do so. It was not proved that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) did his Salaah while uncovering his head. If he had done so, it would have been related by the Sahabah (the Companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). Whoever claims that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) did so must present the proof, for truth must always be followed. It is worth saying here that the one who does his Salaah while uncovering his head, his Salaah is correct although he has done a detested act as Al-Baghawee and many other scholars stated.
Consequently, those who refrain from doing Salaah behind an Imaam who uncovers his head, their act is improper although the Imaam should be in his most beautiful shape in his Salaah, fullfilling what he could of the Prophets (peace and blessings be upon him] Sunnah. May Allaah (SWT) guide us to the Right Path.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited