Can a Lady in Ihram Cover Her Face?

Fatwa ID: 03981

Answered by: Alimah Sabrina al-Faarsiyyah



I was told that if a lady in Ihrām covers her face for 11 hours then she takes it off and puts it on again, she will not take into consideration the 11 hours she wore it previously, even though she wears it for 5 hours after that.


بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful



It is not permissible for both men and women to cover their faces while in the state of Ihraam in such a manner in which the cloth touches the face.


For both times that the lady covered her face, she would have to give sadaqah equivalent to sadaqatul fitr. Once for the first time, she covered her face for 11 hours, and a second time for the time she covered her face for 5 hours.[1]



Only Allāh knows best

Written by Alimah Sabrina al-Faarsiyyah

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Dārul Iftā Birmingham


[1]Raddul Muhtār, 2/488, Dārul Fikr Beirut

(قَوْلُهُ كُلِّهِ أَوْ بَعْضِهِ) لَكِنْ فِي تَغْطِيَةِ كُلِّ الْوَجْهِ أَوْ الرَّأْسِ يَوْمًا أَوْ لَيْلَةً دَمٌ وَالرُّبُعُ مِنْهُمَا كَالْكُلِّ وَفِي الْأَقَلِّ مِنْ يَوْمٍ أَوْ مِنْ الرُّبُعِ صَدَقَةٌ كَمَا فِي اللُّبَابِ وَأَطْلَقَهُ فَشَمِلَ الْمَرْأَةَ لِمَا فِي الْبَحْرِ عَنْ غَايَةِ الْبَيَانِ مِنْ أَنَّهَا لَا تُغَطِّي وَجْهَهَا إجْمَاعًا اهـ أَيْ وَإِنَّمَا تَسْتُرُ وَجْهَهَا عَنْ الْأَجَانِبِ بِإِسْدَالِ شَيْءٍ مُتَجَافٍ لَا يَمَسُّ الْوَجْهَ



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