Caps or headwear are not new-fangled things in the world of fashion, people used to wear them from ancient times for various reasons. Even caps are popular these days because people consider them one of the trendy and classy items. Many people wear caps as they think it can protect them from the sweltering heat of the sun or from the rain. But Muslim caps are different from the fashion caps. Muslim people wear these Muslim hats as a practice of Islamic religion.
Islamic caps (Muslim Hats) is often known as prayer caps and they are usually worn for religious purposes. These Muslim hats are basically short and rounded skullcap and they play an imperative role in Islamic clothing for men. Nowadays, the markets are thronged with various types of Islamic caps or prayer caps. Some popular types are keffiyeh, topi and taqiyah. Taqiyah can be any colour and you can wear it by itself. But when it is worn under the keffiyeh headscarf, they are kept in a traditional white. Many Muslims often wrap a turban around the cap which is called Amamah.
Usually, Muslim hats are worn in Jumuah or Friday prayers that used to take place in a mosque. Apart from it, these caps can be worn during salat prayers that are conducted at home. Muslim people believe that in order to seek the love of God, they need to cover up the head during the prayer. Though these caps are not mandatory to enter a mosque, still people used to wear them as a sign of respect for Islamic religious and traditions. It is also true that a Muslim hat has several meanings which are not related to prayer.
Many Muslims often wear these caps as they consider themselves as the followers of Muhammad. In the Quran, it is mentioned that all companions of Muhammad used to wear head coverings or caps at all times. This is one of the prime reasons that Muslims adopted this practice. It is also believed that it was one of Muhammad's rules, so those who follow Muhammad's tradition should wear Muslim caps and obey Islamic religion.
When a person converts to Islam, there is a customary practice which begins with wearing of Muslim prayer cap as a sign of religious conversion. This is also a sign of unity because head covering is one of the striking aspects of Muslim people. All converts should dress properly and modestly to show their faith in the Islamic religion. But there is no compulsory rule of using a Muslim hat during the conversion. That’s why many Western converts often wear a Muslim cap while praying and during various events, such as a wedding function. Muslim hats are also playing important role in Men’s Islamic clothing. Now, apart from religious purposes, people are exploring these caps by wearing them on various occasions.