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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

I am an employee who wears Hijab, but one
of our female supervisors asked me not to
wear it as this is the order of the manager of
Health Affairs. Please advise me so I can
convey your answer to him


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
is His Slave and Messenger.
A Muslim woman has to cover her body in
the presence of non-Mahram (i.e.,
marriageable) men, whether she is an
employee or otherwise. Jurists are
unanimous on the fact that it is obligatory to
cover the entire body except the face and
hands. Covering the face and hands is also
obligatory according to the preponderant
opinion, which is supported by proofs from
the Quran and Sunnah. Furthermore, a
woman is not allowed to work in a job where
she is expected to remove her Hijab or
violate the Sharee'ah in any other way, such
as being alone with a non-Mahram
(marriageable) man.

Furthermore, it is obligatory for any Muslim
in a leadership position to enjoin the good
and forbid the evil since he is responsible
for that before Allah The Almighty. Allowing
an employee to display her beauty or to
unveil any part of her hair, chest or legs is a
great sin. According to the preponderant
opinion she is also not permitted to uncover
her face and hands. Whoever approves of
that, whether he is an official or a manager,
will share in the sin of the act and will be
considered to have cheated those under his
It is reported that the Prophet pointed
out that whoever is assigned responsibility
over people but does not take care of them,
manage their affairs properly, or offer them
advice in their life and religion, Allah The
Almighty will not allow him to enter Paradise
and will punish him for that.
If the manager of Health Affairs has
authority over all the female employees in
his department, he is responsible for each
one of them and is asked to prevent them
from committing anything unlawful that is
prohibited by Allah The Almighty, whether it
is exposing their beauty or anything else.
That is why the responsibility he shoulders is
great - especially in these modern times
when many women are careless about Hijab.
This means that the manager must increase
his monitoring and supervision and be strict
in response to any violation of the Sharee'ah.

This is necessary so he can free himself from
liability and avoid being included in the
punishment mentioned in the previous
Hadeeth. Therefore, this employee's
commitment to her Hijab should be a source
of happiness and joy for this manager who
realizes that Allah The Almighty is watching
This faithful woman has helped him and
relieved him of some of the burdens of the
trust he has been assigned. Therefore, she
should be rewarded and treated kindly.
Moreover, the Sharee'ah combines faith with
guarding against any violation of it and
forbidding evil. The stronger a person’s faith
is, the stronger his desire to guard the
religion becomes along with his endeavor to
forbid the wrong.

It is reported that the Prophet
commanded whoever sees a wrongdoing to
alter it with his hand; if he is unable to do
that then with his tongue; if he is unable to
do that, then with his heart; and that is the
least degree of faith. (Muslim) It is also
reported that the Prophet explained that
Allah The Almighty becomes jealous when
people do what He has forbidden. [Muslim]

A Muslim has to beware of forbidding what
Allah The Almighty asked people to observe
as this is actually opposing Allah The
Almighty and His Messenger . Allah The
Almighty Says (what means): { And whoever
opposes the Messenger after guidance
has become clear to him and follows
other than the way of the believers - We
will give him what he has taken and drive
him into Hell, and evil it is as a
destination.}[Quran 4:115] This is one of
the characteristics of the hypocrites. Allah
The Almighty Says (what means): {The
hypocrite men and hypocrite women are
of one another. They enjoin what is
wrong and forbid what is right and close
their hands. They have forgotten Allah, so
He has forgotten them [accordingly].

Indeed, the hypocrites - it is they who are
the defiantly disobedient. }[Quran 9:67]
Likewise, whoever is allured by Satan to
commit such a heinous act, this worldly life
and its transient pleasures will be of no use
to him as compensation. It will not benefit
him to imitate or follow the orders of others
since there should be no obedience to
anyone who commands disobeying the
Creator. We ask Allah The Almighty to guide
us, protect us from the evil of ourselves and
to mend the conditions of all Muslims.

Allah Knows best.


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