Is there a narration to show that Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) covered his head when eating?
Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) has cited the following narration, recorded by Imam Ibnus Sakan:
“A Sahabi [by the name of Farqad radiyallahu ‘anhu] says, ‘I ate with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and I saw [him wearing] a white topi on the middle of his head.'”
(Al Isabah, vol. 8 pg. 536, under the biography of Farqad radiyallahu ‘anhu. Also see: Subulul Huda War Rashad, vol. 7 pg. 447)
See a detailed booklet on the issue of wearing a topi/hat and the different occasions to wear it here.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar