Sewing the ends of the Ihraam, Women wearing Niqaab in Ihraam.

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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?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

1- Sewing the Izaar (loin) in the middle should be avoided, instead a pin may be used. A money belt or similar may be used around the waist to hold the Izaar in place.

2- In principle, leaving the face uncovered is part of the woman’s Ihraam.                  However, in these times of corruption and evil, the Fuqahaa (scholars) have advised that a woman in Ihraam must cover her face in such a way that the covering cloth (Niqaab or Burqa) does not touch the face. This can be done by wearing a cap to keep the niqaab away from the face.  If however the niqaab does end up touching the face for a short time, then charity equivalent to the amount of Sadaqatul Fitr should be given.


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Mufti Arshad Ali

Darul Iftaa, Jaamia Madinatul Uloom (Trinidad) /

This answer was collected from, which is operated by the Darul Iftaa of Jaamia Madinatul Uloom (Trinidad and Tobago) under the advice and guidance of Mufti Ebrahim Desai (Daamat Barakaatuhum) of South Africa.

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