Are women obliged to cover their hair during the Salat?

Question:

Thank you for guiding me to the Quranic way of Salat, I have no problem with any of what you wrote, but I am still finding it very wrong to pray in front of Allah with my hair uncovered. I have always been told that this is disrespectful to Allah. I am aware that there is no Quranic verses that speaks to women and says: "You must cover your hair," during the Salat, or at any other times.
Can you please help me to see the truth of this matter?

Reply
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Before presenting the Quranic answer to your question, I invite you to ask the following two questions and try to answer them in your mind:

1-
It is God who created everything in a woman's body, including her hair. Is there anything disrespectful or shameful about God's creation, and so needs to be hidden in front of God?

The One who perfected everything He created and He initiated the creation of the human being from clay.
32:7

2-
When a woman covers her hair during the Salat, whether she is on her own or with others, is God not able to see what is beneath the head cover? Does a scarf or a hijab change what God is able to see?

Nothing is hidden from God
, in the earth or in heaven. 3:5

So when we come to your question, we should expect to find the answer in the Holy Quran, for as God tells us:

We brought the Book (Quran) down to you providing explanations for all things.
16:89

The question we are dealing with here is:
Is it disrespectful for a woman to leave her hair uncovered during her Salat?
Let us extend this question even further and ask:
When any of us is observing the Salat on our own, and not in front of others, is it wrong in principle, or disrespectful, to show any parts of our bodies, or even to pray totally naked? Would this be disrespectful to God?
For the Quranic answer, let us read the following glorious verses:

And you Adam, dwell in
Paradise, you and your wife. Eat from wherever you please, but do not come near this tree, lest you be among the transgressors."
So the devil whispered to the two of them in order to reveal to them their private parts, which were hidden from them. He said, "Your Lord has only forbidden you this tree, lest you become two angels, or become among the immortals."
He swore to them, "Truly, I am a sincere adviser to you."
He thus lured them through deception. Then, when they tasted of the tree their private parts became apparent to them, and they started to cover themselves with the leaves of Paradise. Their Lord called to them: "Did I not forbid you from that tree, and tell you that the devil is a clear enemy to you?"
7:19-22

A number of important truths can be derived from the above Quranic words:

1-
The words "when they tasted of the tree their private parts became apparent to them, and they started to cover themselves with the leaves of Paradise" tell us that prior to the moment of disobeying God, the bodies of Adam and his wife were uncovered (naked).

2-
It follows that God created Adam and his wife and placed them in Paradise naked and that they worshipped God before that event with their bodies uncovered. If there was anything disrespectful in doing so, God would not have allowed it to happen.

3-
Before eating from the forbidden tree, Adam and his wife did not feel shame in their naked bodies, but as soon as they disobeyed God, the feeling of "shame" was instilled in them. The feeling of shame prompted them to try to cover their bodies with the leaves of Paradise.

4-
The words "the devil whispered to the two of them in order to reveal to them their private parts, which were hidden from them" tell us that the feeling of shame in our bodies was the aim and clear intention of the devil. However, as far as God is concerned, there is no shame, nor an act of disrespect, in anything that is God's creation in the first place.

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Now let us explore this theory a bit further:
Do we ever see a dog, cat or horse embarrassed by their genitals, trying to cover them up? This does not happen.
We read in the Quran that the majority of the human race are either disbelievers (12:103), or are believers in God but are committing shirk (12:106). In contrast, we also read that animals are believers and that they glorify God constantly:

Have you not seen that everything in the heavens and the earth glorifies God, even the birds in their flight formation? Each has known its prayer and its glorification. God is Knowledgeable of what they do.
24:41

Animals do not cover their bodies to worship God and glorify Him. They do not feel ashamed of their bodies in front of their Maker. If this shows anything it is that there is nothing shameful in anything God created, whether it is our bodies or the bodies of animals.