Are Prayers Repeated If Hair Is Showing?

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat clears up confusion about hair inadvertently showing during prayer.

I was praying dhuhr. I read four sunna, four fard, then two sunna. After the two sunna I realized some hair was visible. I am unsure at which part my hair became visible. I made sure to tie the scarf well before starting four sunna. So before the two sunna I tied my scarf again. And then when I read that at the end of prayer I realized some of my neck was see through but the pleats of the scarf didn’t allow my neck to show. Only when I stretched the scarf out did it show.

My question is do all of these rakats have to be read again? Do any of the four raka‘s need to be repeated? If yes, which ones?

I pray you are well.

No, none of the prayers need to be repeated. Stray hairs which show are excused. In any case, anything less than a quarter of your hair is considered a small amount, and the exposure of a small amount is excused – even if it is for a long time. (Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah).

If your scarf did not show any of your skin then it is fine, although it is better to use a scarf made of material which is completely opaque.

Use the moments of tying your scarf to ask Allah to cover and veil your own faults and sins, and those of all believers, and you’ll make this act another means of drawing closer to Allah. 

May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.

Abdul-Rahim

Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

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