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hardship regarding niqaab

Last updated: 13th January 2007
Question ID: #3551
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sister anon
13th January 2007

assalamualaykum, inshallah you are in the best of health and imaan, recently, i have come to the decision of wearing the niqaab, i am 17yrs of age and feel that i should, for the pleasure of Allah only, however my family won't allow me, im the 2nd youngest in the family and all my sisters adn parents do not wish for me to wear it, they feel it is 'extreme' and uneccessary, i still wear it regardless,however only to college and whilst out with friends, my family won't allow me to wear it whilst in their company, for example when we go shopping or go to a relatives house, they criticise me n mimick me-using my flaws to attack me n my imaan, i wish to please my parents but i know Allah comes first and i find it really hard, at times i feel ashamed of my family's mentality of thinking, i do not think im better than them, however they put me down when ever possible, please help me, jazakallah
barakhallah feek!

Ulamaa ID 10
Answer last updated on:
4th October 2007
Answered by:
Ulamaa ID 10
Location: Malaysia
Waalaikumussalam warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
Bismillahir rahmaanir rahim.

Alhamdulillah for bestowing you the taufiq (ability) of wearing the niqab at a young age. May your efforts be rewarded immensely by the Almighty insha Allah.

Allah Taala says in the Holy Quraan :
'...And if they (your parents) force you to ascribe partners with Me (Allah) that whereof you have no knowledge, that accords with (any) reality, therefore do not obey them and associate them with kindness and goodness in this world...' (Surah Luqmaan, verse 15)

It comes in a hadith that : No creation should be obeyed for the disobedience of The Creator (Allah).

Another hadith states : Whoever seeks the pleasure of Allah even if it means by the anger of the people, Allah will make the provision of the people suffice him and whoever seeks the pleasure of the people even if it means by the anger of Allah, Allah will entrust him to the people and make the people angry over him. (Tirmidhi)

As Muslims, we know that pleasing Allah Taala is our sole purpose in life. This means even if we have to disobey our parents just by vindicating the truth. As it has been stated in the Quraan, if our parents force us to ascribe partners with Allah (ie. doing gunnah), then we should disobey them. Insha Allah, Allah will reward you for your great efforts in wearing your niqab and try to maintain the niqab with your family members who are na mahram. Explain to them as well the beauty and virtues of wearing the niqab so they will come to understand your actions insha Allah. May Allah Taala grant you the istiqaamat (steadfastness) on pracitisng the deen.

And Allah knows best.