What is the religious decree for performing prayers with a turban on the head?

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What is the religious decree for performing prayers with a turban on the head?
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Turban and skullcap are among permissible things.Everyone is free to wear turbans or skullcaps because Islam did not set it obligatory for Muslims to wear turbans or skullcaps. As long as things that are considered to be suggesting unbelief (like priests’ caps) are not worn on the head, it is alright.

However, it is sunnah to wear a turban for everyone while praying. The Apostle of Allah (pbuh) states the following:

“Two rak'ahs of prayer with a turban on the head is better than seventy rak'ahs of prayer without a turban.” (Taj, I/1691; Faydu'l-Qadir, IV/37, h. no: 4468; Maqasidu'l-Hasana, I/466; h. no: 717; Kanzu'l-Ummal, 15/306, h. no: 41136).

For this reason, it is better not to neglect wearing a turban while praying. There is no information about the length of the turban. It is something about tradition. (al-Fatawa al-Kubra, I/169).

There is a disagreement about whether a cap is regarded the same as a turban. According to Ibn Hajar, it is not the same. According to what is written in the book titled “Bughyat ul- Mustarshidin”, it is regarded as the same.

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