The issue of Veil (Niqab) has a deep standing within the religion of Islam. It is a part of Islam, not something new but well known and historically documented.

The wearing of the Niqab by Muslim women has become a controversial and pugnacious debate especially amongst the European countries. Many commentators view the Niqab as a form of oppression and persecution against women which constrains female development, personal fulfilment and achievement.

But if they were to ask the veiled women, they would certainly get a different picture.

Many veiled women follow one of the two opinions either that the Niqab is Fard (obligatory) to wear or Mustahabb (highly recommended) act of worship. The Scholars of Ahlus Sunnah have always differed on these two acceptable and legitimate views from the past scholars to the present day scholars.

Veiled justice has been set up to educate Muslims and non-Muslims about the Niqab

Niqab in the light of Quran and Sunnah

Today we see many laymen even non-Muslims interpreting the Quran with their flawed and whimsical ideas and understanding. It should be noted that not everyone has the authority to interpret the Quran rather we should look towards the salaf and their understanding which is embedded upon the Quran and Sunnah.


Verse no.

Verse in English




O Prophet! Tell your wives and daughters, and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies (when in public): that will be better that they should be known (as free respectable women) and not to be annoyed. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.





And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and protect their private parts and not to show off their adornment except that which is apparent (like both eyes for necessity to see the way) and to draw their veils all over juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband´s fathers, their sons, their husbands´ sons, their brothers or their brothers´ sons, or their sisters´ sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments.





And as for women advanced in years, who no longer feel any sexual desire, incur no sin if they discard their (outer) garment, provided they do not aim at a showy display of (their) charms. But (even so) it is better for them to abstain (from this) and Allah is All-Hearer and All-Knower.

When Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him) was asked about the aayah(Arabic verse – translation provided):
“O Prophet! Tell your wives and daughters, and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies…” (33:59).
He covered his face leaving only one eye showing. This indicates that what was meant by the verse was covering the face. This was the interpretation of ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated by Ubaydah as Salmanee.

Sahih Al-Bukhari Volume 6, Book 60, Hadith # 282
Narrated Safiya bint Shaiba(RadhiallaahuÁnha) “Aisha (RadhiallaahuÁnha) used to say: “When (the Verse): “They should draw their veils over their necks and bosoms,” was revealed, (the ladies) cut their waist sheets at the edges and covered their faces with the cut pieces

Sahih Al-Bukhari Volume 1, Book 8, Hadith # 368
Narrated ‘Aisha (RadhiallaahuÁnha)Rasulullah(SallallaahuÁlayhiWasallam) used to offer the Fajr prayer and some believing women covered with their veiling sheets used to attend the Fajr prayer with him and then they would return to their homes unrecognized . Shaikh Ibn Uthaimin in tafseer of this hadith explains “This hadith makes it clear that the Islamic dress is concealing of the entire body as explained in this hadith. Only with the complete cover including the face and hands can a woman not be recognized. This was the understanding and practice of the Sahaba and they were the best of group, the noblest in the sight of Allah (swt) with the most complete Imaan and noblest of characters. So if the practice of the women of the sahaba was to wear the complete veil then how can we deviate from their path? (Ibn Uthaimin in the book “Hijab” page # 12 and 13)

Sahih Al-Bukhari Volume 1, Book 4, Hadith # 148
Narrated ‘Aisha (RadhiallaahuÁnha): The wives of Rasulullah(SallallaahuÁlayhiWasallam) used to go to Al-Manasi, a vast open place (near Baqia at Medina) to answer the call of nature at night. ‘Umar used to say to the Prophet “Let your wives be veiled,” but Rasulullah(SallallaahuÁlayhiWasallam) did not do so. One nightSauda bint Zam’a the wife of the Prophet went out at ‘Isha’ time and she was a tall lady. ‘Umar addressed her and said, “I have recognized you, O Sauda.” He said so, as he desired eagerly that the verses of Al-Hijab (the observing of veils by the Muslim women) may be revealed. So Allah revealed the verses of “Al-Hijab” (A complete body cover excluding the eyes).

Abu Dawood Book 14, Hadith # 2482
Narrated Thabit ibn Qays(RadhiallaahuÁnhu): A woman called Umm Khallad came to the Prophet (SallallaahuÁlayhiWasallam) while she was veiled. She was searching for her son who had been killed (in the battle) Some of the Companions of the Prophet (SallallaahuÁlayhiWasallam) said to her: You have come here asking for your son while veiling your face? She said: If I am afflicted with the loss of my son, I shall not suffer the loss of my modesty. Rasulullah(SallallaahuÁlayhiWasallam) said: You will get the reward of two martyrs for your son. She asked: Why is that so, oh Prophet of Allah? He replied: Because the people of the Book have killed him.

Abu Dawood Book 32, Hadith # 4090
Narrated Umm Salamah, UmmulMu’minin(RadhiallaahuÁnha): When the verse “That they should cast their outer garments over their persons” was revealed, the women of Ansar came out as if they had crows over their heads by wearing outer garments.

Sahih Al-Bukhari Volume 1, Book 8, Hadith # 347
Narrated Um ‘Atiya (RadhiallaahuÁnha) We were ordered (by Rasulullah ‘(SallallaahuÁlayhiWasallam) to bring out our menstruating women and veiled women in the religious gatherings and invocation of Muslims on the two ‘Eid festivals. These menstruating women were to keep away from their Musalla. A woman asked, “O Allah’s Apostle ‘ What about one who does not have a veil (the veil is the complete cover with only one eye or two eyes showing)?” He said, “Let her share the veil of her companion.”

Abu Dawood Book 32, hadith # 4100
Narrated Umm Salamah, UmmulMu’minin (RadhiallaahuÁnha): I was with Rasulullah(SallallaahuÁlayhiWasallam) while Maymunah was with him. Then Ibn Umm Maktum came. This happened when we were ordered to observe veil. Rasulullah (SallallaahuÁlayhiWasallam) said: Observe veil from him. We asked: oh Rasulullah! is he not blind? He can neither see us nor recognize us. Rasulullah(SallallaahuÁlayhiWasallam) said: Are both of you blind? Do you not see him?

From the various evidences above we find that the Niqab is a part of Islam practised by the Sahabiat (honoured female women during the Prophet’s time). Not a cultural tradition but an Islamic one.
So as Muslims we must campaign for our rights that Allah (SWT) gave us. Just like all the Prophets in the past, they fought verbally and physically until the word of Allah was supreme. Sosisters we must defend our religious rights for today society says that Niqab should be banned and tomorrow it will start on Hijab.