Is it compulsory for women to wear the niqaab?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

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 and

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)