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Wearing the Niqaab during Ihraam

Q: I just want to know the dum that we pay for wearing a Pardah when we are performing Haj or UMRAH

What exactly is it regarded as Sadqah Or can it be given as lillah if I am feeding poor people Or do I have to give out cash


A: Wearing the Niqaab during Ihraam has been explicitly prohibited in the Hadith. Hazrat Ibnu Umar (Radiyallahu Anhuma) narrates that Nabi(Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, “A woman inthe state of Ihraam should not wear the Niqaab nor should she wear gloves.” (Musnad Ahmad, Sahihul Bukhari, Sunan Nasaai, Sunanut Tirmizi)

The ruling in the Hanafi Mazhab (and even in other mazhabs) is that, although the face is not considered to be part of one’s (awrah), it is necessary to cover it, due to the fitna involved in not doing so. This is the transmitted position in the Hanafi School, as mentioned in virtually all the major fiqh books. (Raddul Muhtar 2/527)

However, a female should avoid wearing such a Hijaab during Ihram that touches her face. (Raddul Muhtar 2/527)

There are Niqaabs available that serve the important purpose of concealing the face without allowing the cloth to touch the face. Hence, one should endeavour to make use of such a Niqab.

The Sahabiyyat (Radiyallahu Anhunna) abstained from exposing their faces in front of non-Mahram men in Ihraam.

Hazrat A’isha (Radiyallahu Anha) narrates that, the (caravan of) riders would pass by us whilst we were in the state of Ihram in the company of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). When they got close to us, we would draw our outer cloak from our heads over our faces (without letting it touch the face) and when they passed by, we would uncover our faces.” (Sunan Abi Dawud, no. 1826)

However, if it becomes very difficult, in that it becomes virtually impossible to wear the Niqab (even with a cap, etc.), and you fear harm onto yourself, then in such a case you will be excused in leaving the face exposed, but try to keep the face away from non-Mahram men whenever reasonably possible.

In the situation where the Niqaab has been worn touching the face then doing so continuously for the duration of the period of a day or night, or not continuously, but when removing it one did not have the intention of abandoning its use in the future, would demand that the person compensate this with one damm (sacrifice of a sheep/goat in the precincts of the Haram of Makkah)

If it is worn for less than this period then Sadaqah becomes Waajib. Approximately twenty five riyaals may suffice which should be given to any poor person there in the Haram.

And Allah Knows Best

Darul Ihsan Fatwa Dept

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