Do I Need to Wear Niqab?

Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad


I am a teen, and I started wearing jilbab and khimar. But some strict sisters told me that my hijab is incomplete because I do not cover my face. I believe the niqab is a recommended sunnah. Then she told me that I have to wear it because of fitnah in our times, but I am doubtful. Am I sinning by not wearing it? If I wear it, my family, school, and society will isolate me.


Thank you for your question. I commend you for striving to learn and to apply what is right, may Allah always keep you on this straight path.

You will find the ruling of niqab here, detailed out by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani:
Is It Necessary for Women to Wear the Niqab in the Hanafi School?

See these links as well:
Is Niqab Obligatory in Our Religion?
What Is The Ruling On The Burqa? [Video]

Strict Sisters

Please be very careful where you are taking your knowledge from. Learning traditional Islam that is rooted in the four valid schools of thought is your only reliable source. SeekersGuidance provides authentic and traditional knowledge, that is correct and trustworthy, no matter what anyone else says. Please consider enrolling in a free fiqh class here or a class on the day-to-day harams and halals.

Please see these links below:
Who or What is a Salafi?
Is It Permissible to Marry Someone Who Has a Different Religious Orientation?

May Allah give you the best in this life and the next.
[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria for two years where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, tafseer, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.