Are the shawls worn by arab ulamah over there head sunnah?

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Date: Sunday, June 26, 2011




Are the shawls worn by arab ulamah over there head sunnah?


Are the shawls worn by arab ulamah over there head sunnah?  Im referring to the checkered ones.  What about throwing a shawl over one shoulder is that sunnah?


Muhtaram / Muhtaramah

In the Name of Allāh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāh wa-barakātuh.


The act of covering the head with a shawl is sunna. This act is known as taqannu’, which is the covering of the head and a portion of the face with a scarf, shawl, or similar item of clothing. Several hadiths pertaining to taqannu’ have been narrated. Anas radiyallahu’anhu says that the messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam practiced taqannu’ with consistency.

Regarding the manner of how taqannu’ is done, ‘Allama Ibn Hajr Al-Haitami says that taqannu’ is to place a sheet of cloth on top of the topi or turban, which would be used to cover part of the face. It would then be wrapped under the chin and thrown onto the shoulders.

It is permissible to wear the red and white checkered shawls which are customary amongst the Arabs. However, that particular type of shawl in itself is not a sunna.

عن انس بن مالك رضي الله تعالى عنه قال: كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يكثر القناع .

(Shamaail Al-Tirmidhi, P. 120, New Era Publishers)

و صح عن ابن مسعود – و له حكم المرفوع – التقنع من اخلاق الانبياء .

(Muntaha Al-Sul, Vol. 1, P. 473, Darul Hawee)

التقنع : وهو تغطية الرأس وأكثر الوجه برداء أو غيره .

(Fathul Bari, Vol. 10, P. 274, Ahyaa Al-Turath Arabi)

قال السيوطي : و اما المربع الذي يدار من تحت الحنك و يغطي الراس و اكثر الوجه و يجعل طرفاه على الكتفين, فلا خلاف انه سنة .

(Muntaha Al-Sul, Vol. 1, P. 473, Darul Hawee)

أفتى العلامة قاسم وفي الحاوي الزاهدي ولا يكره في الرأس إجماعا

(Raddul Muhtar, Vol. 6, P. 358, HM Saeed Company)

(Fatawa Dar Al-Uloom Deoband, Vol. 2, P. 814, Daul Isha’a)



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