Revealing one’s hair in front of a suitor


Nasihah (Advice): A dutiful wife enters Paradise by any gate


Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah radiyallahu anhu reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “If a woman prays her five prayers, fasts the month of Ramadan, guards her chastity and obeys her husband, she will enter Paradise from any gate she wishes.” [Sahih Ibn Hibban]



Question and Answer:


  1. Q. Is it permissible for a woman to appear without a scarf in front of a suitor for marriage?


(Question published as received)


  1. It is impermissible for a woman to appear without the scarf in the enquired scenario.


Islam permits and encourages a man and woman intending to get married to look at one another before they make Nikaah. This is permitted due to the necessity. Islam considers this necessity fulfilled by the woman revealing her face and hands.


Accordingly, a woman must ensure her hair is covered when receiving proposals. (Fataawa DUZ 3/541)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best


Mufti Moosa Salie

Mufti Taahir Hansa


(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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