I’ve been wondering about the extent to which people are expected to cover their persons during prayers.

Men are recommended, out of humility, to cover their heads and their arms although there are no hard or fast rules about these.

Women on the other hand cover as they would do so if around non-mahrams (only bit of skin showing being hands, face and feet – unless according to some feet are awrah so they’d be covered too).

Why is this the case? It may wrongly be assumed with the differences in covering, particularly with the female covering being more extensive, that God is male!

(That would further provide fuel to the argument of religion being inherently patriarchial but thats another topic for another day…)