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Exposure of a female’s hair in Salaah

 

Nasihah (Advice): It is more rewarding for females to pray at home:

 

Sayyiduna Abdullah bin Mas’oud (Radhiyallahu Anhu) said: “The Salaah (prayer) of a woman is more virtuous and rewarding in her home than anywhere else.” (Tabrani)

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Question:

 

Q.Growing up I was taught that not a single strand of a women’s hair must be showing in salah.However mistakes do occur and our burkas sometimes move…

So on reading up on it, I found that if only a quarter or more of the parts of body that need to be covered become exposed, then only should the salah be repeated. Does this apply to women’s hair as well? Is it then that if a quarter or more of the HEAD becomes exposed the salah will have to be repeated? Or is it if a quarter or more of a SINGLE STRAND become exposed, the salah will have to be repeated?

 

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Answer:

 

  1. As far as possible, a female should ensure that every strand of her hair is concealed in Salaah as her hair is Aurah (required to be concealed).

 

The hair on the head itself is considered separately and the hair that hangs from the head is considered separately. The exposure of a quarter of these portions respectively, (not just a single strand) will result in the Salaah being invalid if the exposure was for the duration of three Tasbeehs. (Raddul Muhtar, Vol: 2, Pg: 82)

 

Thus, if a few strands of hair become exposed unintentionally, the Salaah will not become invalid. Only, if a quarter of the hair on her head or a quarter of the hair that hangs from her head becomes exposed, for the duration of three Tasbeehs, will the Salaah be invalid. (al-Binayah, Vol: 2, Pg: 129)

 

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

 

 

Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed

 

Confirmation:

Mufti Moosa Salie

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