My husband wants me to remove my niqab

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A sister has been wearing niqab for over 10 years and holds it to be obligatory. Her husband is not of that opinion and now wishes her to remove it. They live in an area where there are a lot of Muslims and there have been no major problems. What should she do?

Zaynab El-Kateb:

قال رسول الله:
لا طاعة لمخلوق في معصية الخالق

The Prophet, peace be upon him, said that we should not obey any human being in disobeying Allah subhana wa ta’ala.

I’ve listened to a fatwah where Shaykh Salih Al-Fawzan was asked about the case of a sister who lives in a country where the authorities will put her in prison if she wears niqab, so he told that it should be on the contrary, meaning that they should put her in prison if she is committing bad acts. She shouldn’t remove her niqab even if she has not to go out of her home. She stays at home and she doesn’t go out.’ Then he gave advice to the woman saying:

قَالَ مُوسَىٰ لِقَوۡمِهِ ٱسۡتَعِينُواْ بِٱللَّهِ وَٱصۡبِرُوٓاْ‌ۖ إِنَّ ٱلۡأَرۡضَ لِلَّهِ يُورِثُهَا مَن يَشَآءُ مِنۡ عِبَادِهِۦ‌ۖ وَٱلۡعَـٰقِبَةُ لِلۡمُتَّقِينَ

Musa, peace be upon him, told his people: “Seek help in Allah and be patient. Verily, the earth is Allah’s. He gives it as a heritage to whom He will of His slaves, and the (blessed) end is for the Muttaqûn”

(Al-A’raf 7:128)

Since you are convinced that it’s obligatory, do the right thing and have patience and Allah subhana wa ta’ala will reward you and Allah will strengthen you. The good ‘aqibah (end) is for the pious people.



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