Status of niqaab in Islam

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Q: Could you please provide evidence from the Quran and Sunnah why niqaab is waajib in the Hanafi School? I’ve read that “The awrah of a woman infront of a non-mahram consists of the whole body except the face, hands and feet” – Raddul Mukhtar p531. v9


A: Presently all Hanafi ulama consider the niqaab as compulsory. Permission was given when there was certainty of the absence of fitnah. On account of fitnah all have agreed that it is waajib.

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


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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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