Topic: Covering the Face in the State of Ihram   (No-15912)

Q Mufti Sahab! Please clarify the ruling on keeping the face uncovered while in the state of ihram. It is confusing because covering the face causes the cloth to touch the face, but it is said that covering the face with a cloth while in the state of ihram is prohibited. Please provide a solution to this issue.

aIt should be noted that just as the face veil is obligatory in normal circumstances, it is also obligatory in the state of Ihram. However, the veil should be worn in such a way that the cloth does not touch the face.
In the state of Ihram, it is necessary to follow both rulings (keeping the face covered as well as ensuring the cloth doesn’t touch the face) simultaneously, which is possible and has been practiced since the time of the Sahabyaat. Hazrat Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) mentioned that when they were traveling on camels for Hajj, they would turn their niqabs (face veils) back when there were no ghair-mahram men around on the road. They would also have a piece of wood attached to their foreheads. When they saw a caravan or a ghair-mahram man approaching, they would lower their niqabs onto the wood, preventing it from touching their faces while also keeping their faces hidden from the approaching man.
Mulla Ali Qari (Rahimahullah) writes in the tashreeh of this hadith in his book مرقاۃ (Marqah – the renowned tashreeh of the book of Hadith Mishkat) that the face was veiled in such a way that the cloth did not touch the skin of the face.
In essence, both of these rulings should be followed simultaneously. This can be achieved by adopting a method of veiling the face that is both convenient and ensures that the cloth does not touch the skin. For instance, a hat with a cloth is attached to its brim to cover the face can be worn, or a normal veil can be worn in a way that it does not touch the face.

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دلائل:

القرآن الکریم: (الاحزاب، الایة: 59)
يَآ اَيُّهَا النَّبِىُّ قُلْ لِّاَزْوَاجِكَ وَبَنَاتِكَ وَنِسَآءِ الْمُؤْمِنِيْنَ يُدْنِيْنَ عَلَيْهِنَّ مِنْ جَلَابِيبِْهِنَّ ۚ ذٰلِكَ اَدْنٰٓى اَنْ يُّعْرَفْنَ فَلَا يُؤْذَيْنَ ۗ وَكَانَ اللّٰهُ غَفُوْرًا رَّحِيْمًاo

سنن ابی داود: (167/2، ط: المکتبة العصریة)
عن مجاهد، عن عائشة، قالت: «كان الركبان يمرون بنا ونحن مع رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم محرمات، فإذا حاذوا بنا سدلت إحدانا جلبابها من رأسها على وجهها فإذا جاوزونا كشفناه»

مرقاة المفاتيح: (1852/5، ط: دار الفکر)
(مَنْ رَأْسِهَا عَلَى وَجْهِهَا) : بِحَيْثُ لَمْ يَمَسُّ الْجِلْبَابُ بَشَرَةَ الْوَجْهِ.

الموطأ: (260/2)
وهو محمول على توسيط شيء حاجب بين الوجه وبين الجلباب۔

رد المحتار: (288/2، ط: دار الفکر)
(وستر الوجه)وأطلقہ فشمل المرأۃلما في البحر عن غایۃ البیان من أنہا لا تغطی وجہہا إجماعاً الخأي وإنما تستر وجہہا عن الأجانب بإسدال شئ متجاف لا یمس الوجہ۔

Allah the Almighty knows best.
Darul ifta Al-Ikhlas, Karachi.

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