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Can a Woman Perform Umrah without Abaya

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Answered by: Maulana Muhammad Afzal Hussain

Question:

Can a woman perform Umrah without Abaya?

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Answer:

Although men have a prescribed dress code for Hajj that consists of two pieces of unstitched cloth, there are no similar specific garments for a woman.

Instead, it is advised that women follow the normal dress code of Islam and wear clothes that are loose-fitting, fulfill the requirements of Hijab, and do not call for attention. Any type of garment can be worn in Ihram by women, but the face has to be uncovered. [1]

Many women choose to wear abayas, but this is not obligatory. Therefore, a woman can perform Umrah without Abaya.

Only Allah knows best

Written by Maulana Muhammad Afzal Hussain

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

 


[1] [See: Aap ke Masail Aur Un Ka Hal by Shaykh Yusuf Ludhyanvi, vol: 2, Page: 15, Publisher: Bangladesh Islamic Centre Dhaka]

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