Q: Is it compulsory for a woman to wear a niqaab or is it optional?
A: It is compulsory for a woman to cover her entire body including her hair (with the exception of her hands till her wrists) before all non-mahrams. For further details refer to http://muftionline.co.za/node/1705 and http://muftionline.co.za/node/419
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)