Ruling on a woman in Ihraam wearing Niqaab

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 Question 

There is a woman in the state of Ihraam who is weak-sighted and cannot cover her face because she does not see very well. She also does not want to uncover her face. Can she wear a Niqaab?

 

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) is His Slave and Messenger.

The Messenger of Allah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) said, “A woman in the state of Ihraam does not wear Niqab or gloves.” [Al-Bukhari] But it is permissible for her to let her head-covering garment drape from her head down over her face when non-Mahram (i.e., marriageable) men pass by her.

If she covers her face with a Niqab for an excuse such as weak-sightedness, then she is liable to a Fidyah (expiation or ransom) because of committing a violation of Ihram. Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {And whoever among you is ill or has an ailment of the head [making shaving necessary must offer] a ransom of fasting [three days] or charity or sacrifice.} [Quran 2:196]

Thus, she has the option to do either of three things: fast for three days, or feed six needy people half a Saa’ (double handful) for each, or slaughter a sheep and distribute the meat to the poor people living in the Sacred Sanctuary.

Allah Knows best.

 

Fatwa answered by: The Fatwa Center at Islamweb

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