Wearing a Hair Tie While Wiping Over the Hair in Ablution
Fatwa No: 440452

Question

Assalamo alaikumMany woman wear a small hair tie to keep their hair together when at home. Can woman keep it on during wiping hair in wudu, keep in mind that the small hair tie is usually situated on the the head not below the neck.Jazak Allah khair

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

Wiping over the head is one of the obligatory acts of ablution, but the scholars differed as to the amount that is sufficient in wiping it; the view that we adopt here in Islamweb is that it is obligatory to wipe over the entire hair.

However, the matter is easier for a woman than for a man; therefore, many scholars are of the view that she wipes some of her hair during ablution.

Al-Mughni, authored by Ibn Qudaamah  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him reads: “Among the scholars who said that she is only required to wipe over part of her hair is Al-Hasan, Ath-Thawri, Al-Awzaa’i, Ash-Shaafi’i, and the scholars of the Hanafi School, but the preponderant view according to Imam Ahmad  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him for a man is that it is obligatory to wipe over the entire hair, and that it is sufficient for a woman to wipe the front of her head. Al-Khallaal said: The relied-upon opinion in the Hanbali School (i.e. the view of Imaam Ahmad) is that if she wipes over the front of her head, then it is sufficient for her. Muhanna said: Ahmad said: I hope that the matter for a woman in wiping her head is easier. I said to him: Why? He said: ‘Aa’ishah used to wipe over the front of her head.’” [End of quote]

Based on the above, if you wipe over that small hair tie, then there is no harm on you, but it is better to remove it if there is no difficulty or embarrassment in doing so.

Allah knows best.

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