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Can a Woman Wear a Wig Instead of a Hijab on a Job Interview?

Answered by Shaykh Jamir Meah

Question: Assalamu alaykum

Can a woman wear unattractive synthetic wig, instead of hijab, on a job interview? (considering that other parts are already covered, like neck and ears etc)

Answer: Assalam ‘alaykum. Thank you for your question.

It would not be permitted for a woman to wear an unattractive wig instead of a hijab for a job interview or other places.

Wearing an unattractive wig (synthetic or not) is not much different to styling or keeping one’s hair in an unattractive way. The wig is a hair piece, and although it is not the person’s real hair, it does give the impression of being so, and as such, does not fulfill the purpose of the hijab. Also, what is deemed attractive or unattractive is widely subjective.

Suggestions

I would suggest that the sister attend the interview with full hijab and concentrate on being confident, positive, and friendly. We can’t help first impressions, but we can influence or win’s people’s respect. Let the personality, attitude, and qualifications do the talking.

Also, do remember that it is not obligatory for women to only wear black or dark colours. The sister may wear light or pastel colours to the interview if she feels more comfortable.

Lastly, she should not forget to supplicate to Allah for success in the interview, in her career, and ask for only that which is pleasing to Him. She should also make use of the Prayer of Need (see here) and the Prayer of Guidance (see here).

Please also refer to the following answers:

What Are the Requirements of Hijab?

Can I Remove My Hijab for My Safety?

Hijab Archives

I wish you the very best.

Warmest salams,
[Shaykh] Jamir Meah

Shaykh Jamir Meah grew up in Hampstead, London. In 2007, he traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he spent nine years studying the Islamic sciences on a one-to-one basis under the foremost scholars of the Ribaat, Tarim, with a main specialization and focus on Shafi’i fiqh. In early 2016, he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continues advanced studies in a range of Islamic sciences, as well as teaching. Jamir is a qualified homeopath.

Am I Falling Into Usury by Trying to Get a Job Using My Relationships?

Answered by Shaykh Umer Mian

Question: As Salam Alaykum,

I applied for a position in a company my friend is employed at. I asked him to speak to the manager so I can get an interview. I feel I have fallen into riba (usury) because I am bypassing the fair and equitable market process. Should I be concerned?

Answer:Wa alaikum as-salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu

Linguistically, the word “riba” in Arabic means an “increment” or an “addition.” In Islamic sacred law, Riba (usury) is defined as follows:

( الفصل السادس في تفسير الربا وأحكامه ) وهو في الشرع عبارة عن فضل مال لا يقابله عوض في معاوضة مال بمال (الفتاوى الهندية، كتاب البيوع)

“In Islamic sacred law, riba is an amount of wealth contractually exchanged without any equivalent” (al-Fatawa al-Hindiyyah, Kitab al-Buyu’, Fasl fi tafsir al-Riba wa ahkamihi).

Hence, in order for riba to occur, there must first be a contractual exchange of wealth, whether money or goods. In your case, this has not occurred—all your friend has done is advocate on your behalf. This is not riba. To the contrary, it is highly praiseworthy in Islam to advocate on behalf of a Muslim to assist him in a permissible affair (such as getting a permissible job). Allah Most High says:

مَنْ يَشْفَعْ شَفَاعَةً حَسَنَةً يَكُنْ لَهُ نَصِيبٌ مِنْهَا (النساء 85)

“Whoso interveneth in a good cause will have the reward thereof” (Qur’an 4:85).

When a questioner or someone in need would come to the Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu alaihi wa sallam), he is reported to have said:


عن أبي موسى عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم أنه كان إذا أتاه السائل أو صاحب الحاجة قال : ” اشفعوا فلتؤجروا ويقضي الله على لسان رسوله ما شاء ” . متفق عليه

“Advocate (on behalf of your brother), for you will be rewarded, and Allah will cause His Messenger to judge according to what He wills” (Narrated by Abu Musa al-Ash’ari and recorded by Bukhari and Muslim).

Wassalam,
Umer

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