Question 66: Ibn Al-Qayyim (may Allaah be merciful to him) said that there are no Hadeeth reported at all that the Prophet (peace be upon him) limited wiping to just part of his head (while performing Wudoo’ [ablution]). In fact, it is reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) wiped the front of his head and part of his turban. It is also narrated that he (peace be upon him) used to wipe his head with his hands, moving them backwards and forwards.
My question is: Is it permissible for women to intentionally cover their hair at the time of Wudoo’ so that they can do as the Prophet (peace be upon him) did and wipe the front of their head and part of their veil, considering it to be like a turban, or would that be considered as Bidd‘ah (innovation in religion), because they intentionally cover their head to wipe over their veil? If this is not permissible, how can women wipe backwards and forwards over their long hair and should they wipe over it all or just a part of it? I said at the beginning of my question that this is the opinion of Ibn Al-Qayyim (may Allaah be merciful to him). What is your response to this question? May Allaah grant you success!
Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. It is authentically reported in many Hadeeth Saheeh (authentic Hadeeth) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to wipe over all his hair during Wudoo’ beginning from the front of the head to the back and then to the front again, and this is the basic ruling and is in fact the explanation of the Words of Allaah (Exalted be He)… read more here.