Uncovering the head while praying

Q 1: What is the ruling on a man who offers Salah (Prayer) with his head uncovered and says that wearing a cap is not a Sunnah, as there is no Hadith narrated in this concern? A group of people in my country (Mauritius) claim that wearing a cap, whether for a man offering Salah or for any other man, is not a Sunnah. They even despise it and call it "a piece of cloth".

A: First, clothing is a matter of customs, not one of the forms of `Ibadah (worship). There is (Part No. 24; Page No. 45) freedom in this matter. Nothing is prohibited for men to wear except what is prohibited in Shari`ah (Islamic law), such as silk, transparent clothes that reveal the `Awrah (parts of the body that must be covered in public), tight clothes that embody the `Awrah, and clothes that resemble those of women or non-Muslims.Second, a man's head is not an `Awrah. It is not prescribed for him to cover it, whether in Salah or at any other time. He may wear a turban or a cap, and he may reveal his head in Salah or at any other time. No one has the right to offend the other for such a reason.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.