To the reader of the question, I have been thinking of wearing a niqab but the disallowance of the niqab by the Prophet Muhammad (S.W.) during Ihram at Hajj, is creating inconsistency with the choice of my wearing the face veil. Can you please provide me a solid answer in regard to the question given? Thank you!


In the narrations, not going under the shadows and not covering the face - both for men and women - is justified with this view:

  1. Abdullah Ibn Mughirah asked Imam Kadhim (AS) about the shadow for Muharram. Imam (AS) in response considered it forbidden. He said: I am heat and the heat is unbearable for me. Are there any solutions for me? Imam (AS) said: “Did you not know that the sun sets due to the sins of the Muharram?”[1]That is, do you not know that the sun erases the sins of those who have become Muharrams?
  2. Imam Baqir (AS) said: “A woman in ihram should not wear a niqab or veil; Because a woman's ihram is on her face and a man's ihram is on her head. "[2]
  3. Regarding the wisdom of a woman's open face, Imam Sadegh (AS) said to a woman: “If you dug in, your color would not change.”[3] Indeed, if you wear a mask and veil, the color of your face will not change. Therefore, the secret that the shadow and the canopy and the covering of the face are forbidden for the Muharram is that the scorching sun shines on his head and body to cleanse him of his sins and melt him. [4] [1]. Kelini, Muhammad ibn Yaqoub, al-Kafi, investigator, corrected, Ghafari, Ali Akbar, Akhundi, Muhammad, vol. 4, p. 350, Tehran, Islamic Book House, Chap Chaharm, 1407 BC. [2]. Hmann, p. 346. [3]. Hmann, p. 344. [4]. Darbarah Asrar Rituals and Rulings of Hajj Manand: Faali, Muhammad Taqi, Asrar Irfani Hajj, Tehran, Mash'ar Publishing, Tehran, 1386 A.M.; Rahbar, Muhammad Taqi, Ethics and Etiquette, Dar Hajj and Ziarat, Tehran, Mash’ar Publishing, 1383 st.

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