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Reverting To My Niqab And Steadfastness


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I really want to do an alimah course but i don’t know where to
start from. I have no friends who are practicing muslims. Another thing is i use
to wear a niqaab from 2005. I took it off in 2009 and that was the biggest
mistake I ever made. I have never took my abaya and hijab off but recently i am
craving to wear my niqab again as i know it will protect me from a lot of
things. Even with my loose abaya and hijab i have men staring…and i don’t want
anyone looking at me. I am married. I fear Allah .. My family will laugh and
say for how long now? Can you please advise me.

Jazakallahu khairan.

Answered by Umm Yusuf Abdul Sattar

Verified by Mufti Abdur Rahman ibn Yusuf


In the name of Allah, Most Beneficent, Most Merciful


As Muslims, we are obligated to adhere to all of the tenets of our
faith, regardless of how our families, our friends, and society may react. As a
practicing Muslim, you have held fast to the laws of modesty; your unwavering
commitment to wearing an abaya and hijab are a testament to that. In the same
way, we encourage you to re-adopt the niqab, which is considered necessary
(wajib) according to the jurists of the Hanafi school of thought. In the words
of our Beloved Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), “There is no
obedience to any creation in which the disobedience of the Creator is
involved.” (Baghawi) Your concern should not rest on what your family or
friends may say about your wearing niqab; rather, your concern should rest
solely on pleasing Allah Most High.

We also commend you on your yearning to complete the Aalimah program.
Alhamdulillah, there are so many institutes offering full-time learning
programs, in-person, as well as online. If your family obligations prevent you
from enrolling in a full-time program, start with one class, master it, and
then move on course by course. The words of our Beloved Prophet (Allah bless
him and give him peace) are a source of guidance for us in every aspect of our
lives. “The most beloved actions to Allah are those performed consistently,
even if they are few.” (Sahih al-Bukhari)

Lastly, we strongly encourage you to visit your local Islamic center,
masjid or classes. It is essential for your spiritual growth that you develop
positive, Islamically-grounded relationships with other women from your local
community. Often times, it is the support from like-minded community members
that helps us overcome obstacles raised by our own families. Remain steadfast
in your prayer and your remembrance of Allah Most High.


Ustadha Umm Yusuf



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