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Can a person wear a mask in the state of Ihraam due to health reasons?

 

Nasihah (Advice): Value health and free time

 

Sayyiduna Ibn Abbaas Radhiyallahu Anhuma reports that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “There are two blessings that many people are deceived into losing: health and free time.” (Sahih Bukhari)

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Question and Answer:

 

  1. Can a person wear a mask in the state of Ihraam due to health reasons/protocols?

 

(Question published as received)

 

  1. A) If due to health reasons/protocols, one is obligated to wear a mask in the state of Ihraam and it covers a quarter or more of the face (which is usually the case) for a full day or a full night (12 hours or more), then it will be necessary (Waajib) upon a person to compensate for it in any one of the following three ways:

 

  1. Offer a penalty (Damm) by slaughtering one animal (sheep or goat) within the boundaries of the Haram
  2. Offer the Sadaqatul Fitr value to six poor and needy people at any place and at any time
  3. Fast for three days consecutively or separately

 

If on the other hand, the mask covers a quarter or more of the face for less than a full day or a full night (less than 12 hours), or if it covers less than a quarter of the face for any amount of time, then it will be necessary (Waajib) to compensate for it in any one of the following two ways:

 

  1. Offer the Sadaqatul-Fitr value to one poor and needy person at any place and at any time
  2. Fast for one day (Ahsanul Fataawa 4/543)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ismaeel Bassa

Mufti Moosa Salie

 

(The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) 

 

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