Wearing the latest style abaayas and niqaabs

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Q: Im 24 years old. I cover my face with niqaab. That means I wear abaya and cover my face when I go out. I use a normal, usual and black face cover to cover my face which is in abaya shops. Usually I wear the latest design abayas but it does not fit and it doesn’t show my body’s shape but it’s the trend. So I had an idea to change my face cover material that still covers my face fully. Is it permissible to wear a different kind of face cover or it musn’t change. That means, the materials and the colours of face coverl, can they change? There are abayas in may kinds of materials, so like that can I use different material for face covers?


A: The abaya that is spoken about in the hadeeth is an abaya that is totally unattractive and untidy. Wearing the latest abaya has got nothing to do with Islam. This is a culture that is totally alien to Islam. The same applies to the face cover.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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