My Husband Won’t Let Me Wear the Hijab

Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari

Question: My husband and I have been married for over 20 years and we have children together. I have truly begun practicing Islam only in the past 6 years. My husband also has started to practice in the last couple of years. I have wanted to start wearing hijab for the last few years, but he won’t agree. The last time we discussed this, he threatened to walk out of the marriage. My question is that I am not sure of what is my next step. He has made up his mind that this is not necessary. He does not stop me from any other thing, such as salah or fasting etc. I make dua to Allah swt everyday and seek His Help and forgiveness .

Answer: In the Name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful

Dear Sister,

Assalamu alaikum,

Your husband cannot stop you from wearing hijab. Hijab, as attested by generations of ‘ulama, is a religious obligation and there is no obedience to the creation that entails disobedience to Allah.

My advice is to wear your hijab. Is your husband really willing to throw away 25 years of marriage because his wife seeks to cover her hair out of devotion to God? He should be proud of you.

Please encourage him to seek counseling on this matter.

May Allah Ta’ala facilitate ease,

Zaynab Ansari

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