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Salaah with a few strands of her hair open

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Q. If a woman performs Salaah with a few strands of her hair open, is her Salaah valid?
 (Question published as received)
A. In order for a women’s Salaah to be valid,it is a prerequisite that her Awra is covered for the duration of the Salaah.  The Awrah of a woman includes her entire body excluding her hands, feet and face.
If a few strands of woman’s hair is exposed during Salaah, her Salaah will remain valid if the exposed area is less than one fourth of her head/hair.
If however, the exposed area is one forth or more of her head/hair, and remains exposed for a duration of a posture in Salaah i.e. the duration it takes to recite the three Tasbeehs (approximately 3-5 seconds), her Salaah will be invalid. (Ahsanul Fataawa 3/402)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ismaeel Bassa
Confirmation:
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
 
(The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.)
 
Fatwa Department
Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) 

Council of Muslim Theologians

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