Woman covering her head in the presence of other women

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Muftionline.co.za

Q: On my wedding day I wore a maxi dress which was black in colour. I made up myself in a pleasant manner. But I didn’t use a veil to cover my head or my chest. The important thing was no men was allowed to visit the place where I was. Only ladies entered the place. But my mother in law and sister in law made a big fuss on my wedding day saying that as a lady I cannot dress in that manner and they left the place without looking at our faces. The black colour of our maxi dress was a disgrace to them and they said that a bride cannot wear a maxi dress in black according to Islam. If we cover our awrah in a proper way without covering the head in front of only ladies, is it prohibited? Is it permissible to wear a maxi for one’s wedding day in front of other ladies?


A: Covering the head whether in private or public is emphasised for women. Though it is not fardh to keep the hair covered in the presence of women but it is definitely emphasised. Why should you wear such clothes for which people will taunt you and dislike you.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)