Do Baseball Caps Fulfill the Sunna of Covering One’s Head?

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat


Does a baseball hat or cap fulfill the sunnah of covering one’s head during prayer or generally?


I pray you are well.

Yes, baseball caps and hats do fulfill the sunna of covering one’s head. In general, modest clothing from any culture would fulfill the sunnas of dress.

However, wearing clothing similar to what the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), such as kufi, turbans, long shirts, etc., with the intention of following him in his dress and mannerisms, is praiseworthy and rewarded. [Buti, Fiqh al-Sira]

The Sunna of embodying good character is also a very important one. It was the essence of the way of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace): “Clearly, the only reason for why I was sent was to complete righteous character.” [Ahmad]

May Allah make us of those who embody the way of the Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) inwardly and outwardly.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.