In Wudu’: Can a Woman Wipe over the Headscarf?

Question of Fatwa:

Scholars of Islam, As-Salaam `Alaykum wa Rahamtullah wa Barakatuh. I’d like to ask a question: Can I wipe over may headscarf when making Wudu’ in the same way we do over socks. Jazakum Allah Khayran.

Content of Reply:

Wa`alykum As-Salamu Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

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

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear sister in Islam, thanks for your question, which reflects your interest in getting yourself well-acquainted with Islam. We really commend the juristic awareness you demonstrate in drawing analogy between rulings of Shari`ah. But, we have to add a word of caution: Analogy (Qiyas) is one the secondary sources of Shari`ah, which needs certain qualifications on the part of the scholar who manages it. Only well-qualified scholars can practice analogy. Other people should resort to scholars for getting acquainted with the rules of Shari`ah.

Coming to the point you have raised in your question, we’d like to make it clear that wiping over the head is one of the pillars of Wudu’. Scholars say that one may wipe over even few hairs. Wudu’ without wiping over the head is invalid. So, you need to rub even some hairs under the headscarf with water.

Answering your question, the eminent Muslim scholar, Dr. `Abdul-Fattah `Ashoor, Professor of the Exegesis of the Qur'an at Al-Azhar Univ., states:

“Sister, you are to know that wiping over the head is one of the obligatory acts of Wudu’. Some scholars say that one may wipe over some hairs.

Allah says in the Qur'an, "O you who believe, when you rise for prayer, wash your faces and your hands up to the elbows and lightly rub your heads and (wash) your feet up to the ankles.” (Al-Mai'dah: 6)

Accordingly, you, dear sister, have to wipe over even some hairs from underneath the headscarf.”

Based on the above Fatwa, it becomes crystal clear that rubbing some hairs with water is a must. Also, one cannot rub the headscarf, for the Sunnah permitted Muslims to wipe over socks, not headscarves.

If you are still in need of more information, don't hesitate to contact us. Do keep in touch. May Allah guide us all to the straight path!

Allah Almighty knows best.


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