Cover face with hijab
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Dear Brothers in Islam,
I have been following the requirements of hijab and the jilbab. I have always admired the niqab and have adopted the practice of wearing the niqab while going out but only observing hijab while at work. I don`t want to go astray but I want be closer to Allah in all ways possible without being extreme. There are many different views about the relevance of niqab. The verse in Surah Al-Azzahb is not clear on wether it is speaking of hijab and jilbab or the covering of the face also. Could you please explain niqab in the hadiths and the scholars view. Is it wrong to wear niqab? And is it obligatory?
Jazakallah Khairyn May Allah Al Haadi guide you and give you soundness of heart and wisdom of judgement.
Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu
your sister in Islam
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Cover face in Hijab
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Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 33 Surah Al Ahzaab verse 59: O Prophet! Tell your wives and daughters, and the women of the believers, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons. It is expected that they will be recognized and that they will not be molested. And Allah is Oft Forgiving, Most Merciful.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 24 Surah An-Noor verse 31: And O Prophet, enjoin the believing women to restrain their gaze and guard their private parts and not to display their zeenata hunna (beauty, adornment, etc.) except that which is displayed of itself (their face and hands), and to draw their veils over their bosoms and not to display their zeenata hunna (beauty, adornment, etc.) except before their husbands, their fathers, the fathers of their husbands, their sons and the sons of their husbands, their brothers, their brothers sons, their sisters sons, their female associates, and those in their possession and male attendants incapable of sexual desire, and those boys who have not yet attained knowledge of sexual matters. Also forbid them to stamp their feet on the ground lest their hidden ornaments should be displayed.
There are two opinions amongst the scholars in Islam as to what does the phrase except that which is displayed of itself mean. One opinion is that it means the face and the hands may be left uncovered, and the other opinion is that the face also has to be covered, and only the hands may be left uncovered.
The most accepted opinion is that if the women covers everything except her face and her hands, she would be following the command of Allah; and if she chooses to cover her face, then it will be purer and closest to the command of Allah.
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Your Brother in Islam,