Salaam. 1. Is it permissible to stitch the 2 ends of the Izar of Ihram when going for Umrah? 2. A woman who normally wears Burqa goes into Ihram, Is it better for her to uncover her face or wear a Burqa that does not touch her face? Leaving for Umrah in couple of weeks, please reply as soon as possible.
Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah
- The scholars have written that it is wrong for one to stitch the 2 ends of the izar when going for Umrah or Hajj and one is in the state of Ihram. The reason for this is that stitching the ends will cause it to look like sewn clothing which is prohibited to wear when one is in the state of Ihram (for males). For this reason, one should avoid stitching the ends. If one fears that his awrah may be exposed by leaving the ends of the Izar loose, then he can pin the ends togather. If however, he goes ahead to stitch the ends on account of the fear of his awrah being exposed, then he will be excused for this reason.
If he does not have a valid reason, but still stitches the ends of the Izar, then he will be considered as having done something wrong, but there will be no penalty upon him. (Shami Vol. 2 Page 481 HM Saeed Karachi).
- With respect to the woman who normally wears Burqa, then it is best for her to wear a Burqa that does not touch her face during the state of Ihram
And Allah knows best
Mufti Waseem Khan
This answer was collected from DarulUloomTT.net, which is operated under the supervision of Mufti Waseem Khan from Darul Uloom Trinidad and Tobago.