What’s the ruling on wearing the Niqaab (Burqa)?
Amongst foreign (Non Mahram) men, this is not covering the face, some of the face appears, and this is not allowed, and it’s exposure to fitnah, and Allah said:
(يَٰأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّبِىُّ قُل لِّأَزْوَٰجِكَ وَبَنَاتِكَ وَنِسَآءِ ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يُدْنِينَ عَلَيْهِنَّ مِن جَلَٰبِيبِهِن)َّ
“O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies.” [Al-Ahzaab: 59]
And the women used to pray behind the Prophet ﷺ and return as if they were crows, i.e. her whole body is covered.
So these Burqas are not covering, and a person shouldn’t allow it, and a woman shouldn’t wear it amongst foreign men, and he shouldn’t allow his relative to leave with it, the Burqa or Niqaab and the likes of that, due to what is in it of fitnah.
Answered by: Shaykh, the Allamah, the Trustworthy Advisor, Abu Abdirrahman Yahya bin Ali Al-Hajuri – may Allah preserve him
Translated by: Abū ‘Abdillāh ‘Omar bin Yahya Al-‘Akawi