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Q. If a woman performs Salaah with a few strands of her hair open, is her Salaah valid?
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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
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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