Niqab: Love it or Hate it?

To all of my Muslim brothers and sisters – It doesn’t matter if we like it or hate it. It matters if Allah does.

Niqaab has been a part of Islamic tradition from the beginning of Islam. Whether it is mandatory or encouraged, there has been a difference of that even within the sahabah.

I wore the niqab for a brief two years. I loved it. The most hate I got when wearing it – ironically – was from Muslims. So for any niqabi-hating sisters or brothers reading this: know that the sahaabiyaat did it. Whether you agree with it in the current times or not (because of ISLAMIC evidences and not your personal opinions)  is between you and Allah, but show some respect for the sisters who are brave enough to wear it. It takes guts to, especially in this day and age.

There are many evidences for both opinions (whether it is mustahab – encouraged, or waajib). Notice that there are only two scholarly opinions for this? 🙂 Even within the madhabs themselves there is ikhtilaaf (disagreement).

  • It is waajib
    • The ayah that we previously discussed said: “Let them lower their khimaar over their juyoob” — is to simply pull the the khimaar down. And if you simply pull the khimaaw down, it would cause you to cover your face.
    • ‘Aa`isha narrates: “The travellers would pass us by while we were riding with the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam during Hajj. So when they approached us, we would lower our jilbab from our heads over our faces, until they passed us, after which we would lift it off.” (Abu Dawood)
    • “Let the woman in ihram not wear niqab or gloves.” [Al Bukhari] This means taht outside of hajj, they would be wearing it. That fact that the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam had to give a general prohibition shows they normally wore niqaab.
  • Niqaab is mustahab (encouraged)
    • Hadith of Asmaa`: “O Asmaa`! When a woman comes of age, nothing should be seen of her except this and this,” and he sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam pointed towards his face and hands. There is debate over whether or not the hadith is authentic
    • Hadith of Jaabir that on the day of Eid the Prophet sallalallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam went to the women to give them a lecture […until he said], “So a woman stood up, from the middle of the gathering, with dark cheeks, and asked…” [Bukhaari] In the hadith, the woman’s cheeks were uncovered and nobody criticized her.

Whether or not the niqab is fardh or mustahab, Shaykh Yasir says that he has gone back and forth a lot over the years. The important thing is that IS definitely rooted in Islamic tradition. His advice to niqab-wearing sisters: Be vocal against haters!

What about Feet – are they ‘Awrah?

Yasir Qadhi prefers the opinion that feet are ‘awrah because of a hadith in Bukhaari from Umm Salamah. When she heard the hadith of isbaal, she asked him if it applied to women. He sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “let her lower it one hand’s length.” She said, “Their feet will be exposed.” When she said this, he said, “Then let her increase it by an arm’s length.” You could argue it is mustahab, but it is quite clear that it is better. [see Abu Dawood, Book 32, Number 4105]

Majority of scholars say that the feet is ‘awrah.

wAllahu ‘Alam. I hope you all enjoyed reading about Precious Provisions and InshaAllah you’re encouraged to try and attend Islamic classes and Halaqaat. 🙂

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13 Responses to Niqab: Love it or Hate it?

  1. Aischa says:

    Jazak allah khair! : )

  2. JazakAllahu Khairun, SubhanAllah i had the same experience, the most biased treatment was given to me by Muslims!!

    Alhamdolillah covering has always give me respect from non muslims, and thatw as why Allah ordained it in the first place, so that believing women would not be harrssed like the other women.

    JazakAllah for the post again.

  3. ummibraheem says:

    wa iyyaki, Aischa 🙂

    Alhamdolillah – mashaAllah, may Allah make it easy for you. I wish I lived in a Muslim country sometimes, so I could wear it 🙂

  4. Aischa says:

    March 8th—-Niqab Day!!!!
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=256063819220&ref=share

    I think it should be followed by a monthly Wear Niqab to Jummah Day…

  5. safia says:

    subhanallah
    iv only been wearing niqab 4 a week now and i hav a bunch of stories
    and your right most of the negitivity comes from the muslims. some of my muslim sisters look at it as being “weird” and some of my moms friend say im too young and tell me i should start wearing it later
    may allah bless u 4 ur posts
    asalamualaykum

  6. ummu ibrahiim:) says:

    subhanallah

  7. ummu ibrahiim:) says:

    may allah swt reward you fist of all for that ummu ibrahiim mashallah we got the same name,yeah alhamduliallah I also wear the niqab for a year nw and its not easy to be honest but Allah swt is protecting us.its between u and your creater.May allah swt reward all of u and guide us to the straight path amiin

    • ummibraheem says:

      JazakAlllah khayr for the du’aa`. Just one note though — i USED to wear niqaab 😦 I stopped, and i really miss it….

      • UmmD says:

        Assalamu aliki sister,
        A quick question….why did you stop?

      • ummibraheem says:

        personal reasons 🙂 Mostly because, living in the US, I felt that it seriously hindered communication with other people. That’s a serious over-simplification, because it took a long time to make the decision. may Allah forgive me.

  8. Asa…..This web page is down 2 earth an i dig wit you sayn ima put my wiz on this pge mashallaah Asa

  9. bonbonbunnie says:

    BarakALLAHOUfik! It was very interesting and helpful! ❤

  10. Ramroumma says:

    Jazaki Allahou kheyran for sharing your notes

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