Q: Some person was telling me that in a certain country if a woman does not do niqab then she will end up marrying a christian because the muslim men will not marry her. And women have ended up marrying christians. He was saying that marriage to christian will definitely happen if she wears niqab. So because there is less harm in not wearing niqab it would be ok not to wear it 1. Is it permissible in such a situation for a woman to leave the niqab? 2. If not can you explain the error which has been made in analogy?
A: We have been trained to believe that the sunnat is your only defence and protection and moving away from the sunnat is dropping your guard and exposing yourself to danger, irrespective of the circumstance. By you using the niqaab with trust in Allah Ta`ala, Allah will take care.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)