Wearing the cap niqaab in the state of ihraam

Q:  When performing Umrah i find it difficult to wear the cap hijaab. Last umrah i performed with my husband, i removed the niqaab while in ihraam.

Can Mufti please advise whether I can remove the niqab or wear the normal niqaab and pay dum.

A: We advise you to use the cap niqaab in the state of ihraam even though it is difficult. You will be rewarded abundantly for the difficulty you experience in fulfilling this ibaadat (of umrah).

If you wear a normal niqaab, you will be violating the laws of ihraam and you will have to give a dum for the violation, and the reward of your umrah will be decreased.

Similarly, if you do not wear any niqaab, then exposing your face to strangers is not permissible, especially in this time of fitnah. Exposing your face before strangers in the state of ihraam will cause the reward of your umrah to decrease.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)