However, a male muslim should preferably be in his most beautiful and neatest shape when he does his Salaat, so he should preferably wear a turban or any kind of head cover.
Uncovering the head in Salaat for no legal reason is one of the detested act especially in obligatory and congregational Saaat.(1)
I think, doing Salaat while the head is uncovered is a detested act for a muslim should be in his most beautiful Islamic appearance when doing Salaat. The prophet (saw) said: ‘Allah (swt) is more worthy that one beautifies oneself for’.(2)
As-Salaf used to consider it a detested act to uncover one’s 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 loosing most of their Islamic characteristics. This [hadeeth](3) should not be taken as a pretext to abandon this Islamic tradition especially when doing Salaat.
As for some Egyptian muslim brethren who claim that one is permitted to uncover his head [in Salaat] 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 one’s head in Salaat 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’.(4)
It was not proved that he (saw) did his Salaat while uncovering his head. If he (saw) had done so, it would have been related by the Sahaaba. Whoever claims that the prophet (saw) did so must present the proof, for truth must always be followed.(5)
It is worth saying here that the one who does his Salaat while uncovering his head, his Salaat is correct although he has done a detested act as Al-Baghawee and many other ‘Ulamah stated.(6)
Consequently, those who refrain from doing Salaat behind an Imaam who uncovers his head, their act is improper although the Imām should be in his most beautiful shape in his Salaat, fullfilling what he could of the prophet’s (saw) Sunnah. May Allaah (swt) guide us to the Right Path.
(1) Muhammad’s Rashid Rida Fatāwā (vol. 5 / p. 1849) and “As-Sunan wal Mubtada
‘āt” (p. 69).
(2) The first part of the hadīth is “When one of you intends to do his Salāt, he should
wear his best clothes, for Allāh (swt) …”. This hadīth is narrated by At-Tahāwī in Sharh Ma‘ānī Al-’Athār “(vol. 1 / p.221), At-Tabarānī and Al-Baihaqī in “As- Sunan Al-Kubrā “(vol. 2 / p. 236). Its chain of narrators is sound as is mentioned in “Majma’Az-Zawā’id “(vol. 2 / p.51). “As-Silsilah As-Sahihah “(no. 1369).
(3) The hadīth states “Sometimes, the prophet (saw) used to take off his turban and place it in front of him in Salāt as a Sutra”. This is a weak Hadīth. Al-Albānī said: ‘Ibn ‘Asākir was the only one to narrate it. I clarified its points of weakness in the “Silsilah Ad-Da‘īfah” (no. 2538)… Had this hadīth been authentic, it does not mean by any means to uncover one’s head all the time, it only indicates that he (saw) used to do so if he had no Sutra, for taking Sutra is much more important than covering the head.
(4) Tamām Al-Minnah Fī At-Ta‘līq Alā Fiqh As-Sunnah” (pp. 164-5).
(5) Ad-Din Al-Khālis (vol. 3 / p. 214) and “Al-Ajwibah An-Nāfi‘ah ‘An Al-Masā’il Al-
Wāqi‘ah” (p. 110).
(6) Al-Majmū’(vol. 2 / p. 51).
[Taken from "The Clarified Ruling Of Mistakes Done In Salaah", By Shaykh Mashhoor Hasan Aal-Salmaan, Pp. 51-53]