Q: If the face of women and hands are not awrah then why is it compulsory to cover? Is it a major sin to show the face? You said in one answer that it is compulsory in this time of fitnah… Isn’t it compulsory from the era of our Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) when the ayah came?
The teaching of the hadeeth is to avoid areas of fitnah and suspicion. When it is confirmed that it is a time of fitnah and corruption that we are living in then the law will definitely apply. The principle is taught in the hadeeth and the righteous experienced ulama will explain as to when it is applicable in which age and time.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)