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Can I remove my niqab when working?


I was doing a job in 2015 then I got married and settled with my husband. He was jobless after our marriage for more than 2 years. Then he started his own business. His business is not settled yet but we were trying to meet both ends. We took loans from his brother and are living in a rented place. No extra luxuries just simple necessities we fulfil. In December,  he had an accident and broke his right elbow completely. He had a major surgery and is now in recovery mode but he is not able to do any work. Our home situation is going bad as we need money. We both agreed that for sometime till his business is stable I can do some  job. I have started to wear niqaab in 2015 before that I use to wear hijaab and abaya. Now the question is for me doing a job is it allowed that at workplace I can remove my niqaab and work and do rest of the parda and then outside I maintain my full parda. My last job was as a  project manager. And it requires loads of communication with different teams. Can it be possible that I do my parda like this? I fear Allah in every aspect but I see that people don’t feel like working with niqaab lady. Please help I am doing it as per the need. JazakAllah khair.


Salamun Alaykum

Thank you for your query.

Amongst the famous Shia Mujtahideen Niqab is not a wajib part of Hijab. You can remove if it is required and make sure the wajib Hijab properly covers the body. This was regarding the Hijab of the body. While working you must be careful to not involve in unnecessary work with the non-Mahram to avoid attraction. Woman’s responsibility is to fulfill her duty by observing proper Hijab, which is covering her body other than the face and the hands till wrist and wearing proper clothing and not tight Hijab which exhibits the body parts clearly. Unfortunately, some of the cultures observe Hijab as a fashion.

According to Ayatullah al-Udhma Sayyid Ali Sistany:

Ruling 2453. A woman must cover her hair and body, apart from her face and hands, from a non-mahram man. And the obligatory precaution is that she must also cover her body and hair from a non-bāligh boy who understands good and bad if she deems it probable that him looking at the body of a woman would arouse lustful desires. However, a woman can keep her face and hands up to the wrists uncovered from a non-mahram man unless she fears that he would fall into sin or she has the intention of making him look at something unlawful; in these two cases, covering those areas as well is obligatory on her.

A woman is allowed to use antimony (kohl) on her eyelashes and wear rings in both hands, provided that it is not intended for drawing lustful attention of men towards herself and that she is confident of not getting into a haram act. Otherwise, it is obligatory on her to cover [the eyes that have kohl and the hands with rings] even from those who are mahram to her.

Niqab according to Hanafi Fiqh:

The face, according to the Hanafi Fiqh, is not part of the nakedness. However, wherever there is a fear of temptation, it becomes obligatory to cover the face (niqab).

May Allah(swt) grant you success


Syed Haider