Unlawful for Muslim Women to Cover Their Head Like Nuns
Fatwa No: 440521

Question

Is it okay to cover your head in a way nuns do

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  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

Since covering the head in this way is specific to non-Muslim women, then it is not permissible for a Muslim woman to do that, because this is imitating them.

Imitating non-Muslims is forbidden as indicated by the explicit and authentic texts as in the saying of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ): “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” [Ahmad and Abu Daawood]

Ibn Taymiyyah  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them said: “Its chain of transmission (narration) is good.

Allah knows best.

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