Fatwa No : 89443
A Christian woman wants to marry a Muslim man and wear Hijaab when among Muslims
Fatwa Date : Muharram 14, 1426 / 22-2-2005
This is a two part question. I am an American Christian woman engaged to a Muslim man. My future husband tells me that when we marry because I am Christian and I already dress quite modestly I will be required to practice Hijaab, and he will not expect it of me but he does hope I will chose to so. I believe that as his wife I should do as he wishes as I know it would please him and in addition since our children will be brought up in his faith I think it would benefit us all if I had a better understanding of the Islamic ways. However my concern is that I do not wish to be perceived by Muslims as somehow insulting them or mocking them by taking on the practice of Hijaab despite the fact that I myself am not Muslim. Do you think I should be concerned about this or am I worrying for nothing? The second question is, if I do practice Hijaab in the Arab country where we will be residing, would it then be ok to not practice it when we visit my family in
All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu 'alyhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.
The religion of Islam is keen to protect the woman and preserve her dignity and honour, and this is why it has legislated that a woman should wear Hijaab and dress properly covering her whole body. In Islam, a woman is a preserved Jewel strictly reserved for her husband and not at the disposal of every man. Hijaab is in accordance with the natural predisposition of a human being, and is accepted by every sane person regardless of his/her religion. So if a woman wears it, this is an evidence proving her chastity and it makes the man more likely to accept her as a wife. If you wear the Hijaab, this is an honour to your husband and not a mockery or an insult to him. So do not hesitate to wear it especially since your husband wants you to do so.
As regards taking off the Hijaab when visiting your family to allow marriageable men to see you, this is not permissible in our religion, and a non-Muslim is required to do what a Muslim is required to do, and a non-Muslim is forbidden to do what a Muslim is forbidden to do. However, it should be noted that the husband should not prevent his wife from the People of the Book from what is required in her religion as long as that does not violate his religious obligations or rights.
We note from your question that you are a sincere and truthful person and that you are of sound mind. This could lead you to much good, and in particular, to embrace Islam. It is proven with evidence that Islam is the true religion and it is the religion which abrogated all previous ones. To learn more about Islam, you can refer to the following Fataawa 81979, 88051 and 86091.
Allaah Knows best.