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Women Not Wearing Scarves



Q1-Muslims that are living in countries like France where it is compulsory for big girls to go to school and are banned from wearing head scarves in schools in this situation is it Fardh upon them to move to another country ?

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It is not permissible for a mature lady to keep her hair exposed in front of strange men. Allah (S.W.T.) has mentioned in the glorious Qur’aan: “And tell the believing women that: “They should cast down their gazes and preserve their chastity, and not display their ornaments except that which is apparent of it.” And let them draw their head-coverings over their bosoms, and let them not display their finery except to their husbands, or their fathers, or the fathers of their husbands (fathers-in-law), or their own sons, or the sons of their husbands (step-sons), or their brothers, or the sons of their brothers, or the sons of their sisters (nephews), or their (Muslim) women, or the women in their possession (slaves), or such male subordinates who have no (sexual) interest (need), or such infants who are not cognisant of the secrets of women. And let the believing women not strike their feet so that the ornaments which they conceal be made known. And turn unto Allah all together O you believers, perhaps you prosper.” In other verse Allah sates: “O Nabi e! Say to thy spouses and to thy daughters and to the women of the believers to draw part of their cloaks close onto them. In this way they will soon be recognised, hence not be molested. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”

Therefore, if the women in France are forced to expose their hair in the presence of strange men, then it will be incumbent upon them to leave that state. She cannot reside there on her own free will. Allah mentions: “Was not the earth of Allah spacious enough for you to emigrate therein?”

If one is incapable of leaving that place, then sincere Taubah should be made continuously. Indeed those whose souls the angels capture while they are causing wrong to themselves (through disbelief), the angels say (to them): “What were you engaged in?” They say: “We were powerless in the land.” The angels declare: “Was the land of Allah not vast enough where you could migrate to?” Hence it is they whose place of settling is hell; and evil is the recourse; Except for those who are helpless among the men, women and children who are neither able to devise a scheme nor are they acquainted with the route. It is anticipated of them that Allah will pardon them. And Allah is Oft-Pardoning, Mercy-giving.

Mufti Muhammad Ashraf

Darul Iftaa

Jameah Mahmoodiyah



15 January 2005

04 Thul Hijjah 1425

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