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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

Salaam Alaikum Wa
Rahmatullaah ...
Dear Shaikh, Dr.
Zakir Naik, a
very famous muslim
scholar of
religion (from
India), the
command of Allah
(SWT) in the Holy
Qur'an concerning
covering of the
face (NIQAAB) is
directed only
towards the
blessed wives of
the Prophet (SAW),
because of their
high status
(Mothers of the
Believers). Please
advice if this
statement is true?
Jazaak Allah

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.
It is not correct to say that the order to
cover the face is peculiar to the wives of the
Prophet because there is evidence that
this ruling applies to all Muslim women; the
following is the evidence about this:

1- Allah Says (what means): {O
Prophet, tell your wives and your
daughters and the women of the
believers to bring down over
themselves [part] of their outer
garments." That is more suitable
that they will be known and not be
abused.}[Quran 33:59] Many
interpreters of the Quran
determined that the verse means
an order to cover the face and this
is the view which is considered to
be correct by Imaam Al-Qurtubi.
Moreover, this verse applies to all
the believing women.

2- Allah Says (what means): {…
and to wrap [a portion of] their
head covers over their chests. }
[Quran 24:31] Imaam Al-Bukhari
reported that ‘Aaishah , may
Allah be pleased with her, said:
“ When this verse was revealed,
they (the female women
companions) cut their waist sheets
at the edges and covered their
faces with the cut pieces. ”

3- Allah Says (what means): {…And
when you ask (his wives) for
anything you want, ask them from
behind a screen, that is purer for
your hearts and for their hearts… }
[Quran 33:53] This purity is not
specific to the mothers of the
believers , may Allah be pleased
with them, but this is something
that is needed by all the believing
women. Rather, it is more
appropriate that the ruling applies
to all other women than the pure
and innocent mothers of the

4- Ibn ‘Umar , may Allah be
pleased with him, narrated that
the Prophet said: “ A woman
in a state of Ihraam should not
wear Niqaab (face covering) or
gloves .” [Al-Bukhari] Abu Bakr ibn
Al-‘Arabi said: “That is
because covering her face with a
veil is an obligation except during
Hajj when she should only lower
some of her Khimaar (head
covering) over her face but not
something that is fitted over her
face, and she should avoid men
(seeing her face) and they should
avoid seeing her (face). ” His
statement means that covering the
face is not only a legislated act
but an obligation on a Muslim
woman, and this is the
preponderant opinion in our view
in Islamweb.

Allah Knows best.


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