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What is the Shar’i Ruling Regarding Niqab?

Question:

1)I would like to know whether Niqab(Face cover) is Fardh or Sunnah?

What is the view point of various Madh’habs in this matter?

2) Is following Prophet(s) is Sunnah, I heard that sunnah is not obligatory, same time, following Prophet in Islam is mandatory,is this true?

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Sister in Islam,

1) Niqaab (face covering) is necessary (Wajib) according to all the Mazahib.

2) There are different legal classifications in the Shari’ah. This has been codified so that it becomes easier for us to practice on the Shari’ah. Some of these classifications are: Fardh (obligatory), Sunnah, Mustahab (preferable), Mubah (permissible), Wajib (necessary), etc. Rasullulah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) was given the entire Shari’ah which was made up of these different classifications. It is mandatory for us as Muslims to believe in the prophethood of Rasullullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) and in whatever He propagated as the absolute truth (Haqq).

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

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