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Question By : nilofer

The women who go for Umrah/Hajj are told to keep their faces open during Ihram condition & can cover their faces after that.The women who always keep their faces open in normal days for them no problem. But women who cover their faces with veils want to observe purdah & so wear projected caps & then put the veil. Is this right?
The maulanas here say very strictly that during Ihram condition the cloth should not touch the face & neither can you wipe your face with a cloth.
What is the detail meaning or story about cloth not touching the face?Also in Mina if you go to sleep in your tents you cannot cover the bedsheet little near your face, as many men come and go?So what is right? Please explain.


Reply By : Mohd. Shihabuddin Qasmi
Designation : Mufti, ODI, MMERC, Mumbai 

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In the name of Allah, All Gracious, All Merciful
Assalamo Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Baraktuho
Dear Sister in Islam,

The answer to your question is as follows:

Women are commanded to conceal their external adornment and guarding themselves from Ghair Mahram as much as possible even they are asked not to expose their faces and hands where there is fare of Fitnah. Therefore, though they are permitted not to cover their faces and hands up to wrists during Ihraam condition but are asked to cover the same if they fare Fitnah in a way that the covering does not touch the face like cloaks etc. (Raddul Muhtar Alad Durril Mukhtaar: 2/205)

The face should not cover means nothing should touch it. Thus it is forbidden for women to wear veil during Ihram condition, because it touches the face. (Ibid) Therefore, the Maulans referred to the above-mentioned question have said that the face should not wipe with cloths.

And Allah knows the best,


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