A kufi or kufi cap is a brimless, short, and rounded cap worn by men in many populations in North Africa, East Africa, Western Africa and South Asia. It is also worn by men throughout the African diaspora. It is also commonly called a “topi” or “tupi” in the Indian subcontinent.
Wearing a prayer cap is a practice that is as old as the Islamic religion. Typically, Muslim prayer caps are worn during jumu’ah, or Friday prayers , that take place in a mosque, and during salat prayers that are conducted at home. However, a prayer cap also has several meanings that are unrelated to prayer .
A cap to cover the head is mandatory for a Muslim during prayer . It is the holy month of Ramzan and even irregular worshippers hasten to mosques for prayers . Prayer without donning a cap is said to violate the traditions of the Prophet.
Wearing the Muslim skull cap is not a strong Sunnah ,but covering head with Amamah or a piece of cloth in white,black or brown colour is strong Sunnah . This is sign of modesty among Muslims. If Jewish kippah is not sign of Jewish religion then it can be used for head covering,otherwise it is wrong.
Most Jews will cover their heads when praying, attending the synagogue or at a religious event or festival. Wearing a skullcap is seen as a sign of devoutness. Women also cover their heads by wearing a scarf or a hat . The most common reason (for covering the head) is a sign of respect and fear of God.
The practice of people wearing head covers and veils for religious purposes is an integral part of all three monotheistic religions ( Christianity , Judaism , and Islam ), as well as other faiths and cultures. The first records of women wearing head coverings dates back to13th century BC Assyria.
In Islam, the turban is a Sunnah Mu’akkadah (Confirmed Tradition). However, just as some Muslim women wear no headcovering, some modern Muslim women wear a turban style covering. Although it is still not as widely accepted by the more conservative Islamic communities.
Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head . But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head —it is the same as having her head shaved. A man ought not to cover his head , since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man .
Symbolism. The fez was a symbol not only of Ottoman affiliation but also of religious adherence to Islam. The fez had become traditional to the point that Mustafa Kemal Atatürk banned it in Turkey in 1925 as part of his modernizing reforms. Today, the fez is worn by many, most prominently in the Balkans and Morocco.