Punishment of neglecting Hijab
Fatwa No: 86341

Question

What is the punishment of not wearing Hijab?

Answer

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and may His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions. Hijab is a duty ordained and prescribed by Allah The Almighty on women. Allah Says (interpretation of meaning): {O Prophet Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad): that is most convenient, that they should be known (as such) and not molested…}[33: 59] The Holy Qur'an. In another Surah (chapter of the Qur'an) Allah Says (interpretation of meaning): {…that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband's fathers, their sons, their husband's sons, their brothers or their brother's sons, or their sister's sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! Turn ye all together towards Allah, that ye may attain Bliss. }[24:31]. Therefore, it is imperative on the Muslim men and women to submit to the commands of Allah and His Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) in accordance with the true faith (Iman) Allah The Almighty Says: {It is not fitting for a Believer, men or women, when a matter has been decided by Allah and His Messenger, to have any option about their decision: if anyone disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he is indeed on a clearly wrong Path.}[33:36]. If the woman does not fulfill the duty of Hijab, then she is prone to the punishment and wrath of Allah. However, there is no authority from the Qur'an or Sunnah (sayings of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam)) indicating clearly the type of penalty. Even if it is but a minor penalty, nobody can endure the Hellfire for a moment. The Muslim woman should fear Allah The Almighty and fulfill her obligations towards her Lord. If a woman committed a sin she should repent as quickly as possible before it is too late. Allah knows best.

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