Disclaimer: The blogger doesn’t necessarily agree with all the views of Shaykh Yusuf Qaradawi (HA) merely informing readers of his position which is different to what is being claimed and most importantly, what is being practised in his name!
Shaykh (HA) is possibly one of the most liberal Islamic Scholars of our time and we request the readers to consult their local Scholars for further information, we certainly don’t endorse the views and Fatwaas of Shaykh Yusuf Qaradawi (HA) although we honour and respect him as an Islamic Scholar as it is his right and stature.
Asslamo Allaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,
Over the past few days many of our brothers and sisters have mentioned our honourable and respected Shaykh Yusuf Qaradawi (HA) and claimed that he backs some sort of free for all free-mixing between men and women. Although we disagree with certain aspects of noble Shaykh Yusuf Qaradawi (HA)’s it is important to actually read what he says on some of these issues. Here is noble Shaykh (HA)’s in his own words:
OI: The issue of banning the niqab in France and other European countries is likely to escalate following the recent approval by the French Parliament of the ban on wearing the niqab in public places. What is the way out of this crisis facing Muslims, in your opinion? Is there a clear fiqhi solution to it within the framework of the fiqh of Muslim minorities?
Sheikh Al-Qaradawi: My opinion about the niqab is well-known, which is that the niqab is not obligatory; however, I respect the opinion saying it is. And I do not agree with some sheikhs who regard it as an innovation or tradition that has no basis in Islam. This talk is both groundless and inaccurate. It is true that the majority of scholars agree that the face is not `awrah (something to be veiled in the presence of members of the other sex). But there is a school of fiqh holding the view that it is `awrah and that niqab is obligatory, a view espoused in some Muslim countries, such as in the Gulf region, especially those among them who follow the Hanbali School of fiqh. Moreover, Muslims in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan also adopt this opinion, even though they follow the Hanafi School. There is a book by Abul A`la Al-Maududi titled "the Hijab" in which he says that niqab is mandatory. So, I certainly do not agree with those who say it is only a tradition or not part of Islam. Tackling matters in such a shallow and simplistic approach leads us away from the truth.
Necessities make what is forbidden permissible. The need can be regarded as a necessity
If a Muslim woman is convinced that wearing the niqab is obligatory and the face is `awrah, we have to respect her choice and avoid being an obstacle to her religious commitment. We should not force her into a situation contrary to her conviction. I call on European countries to respect the personal and religious freedoms of people, of which they are advocates. These freedoms are regarded as sacred in the West. Ironically, they restrict the freedom of Muslim women who choose to wear the niqab or hijab, whereas they allow other women to freely dress in a revealing and provocative manner!
Shaykh Yusuf Qaradawi (HA) says, I would like to state that the word 'mixing' in the area of the relationship between men and women is a new word that has entered into our Muslim dictionary. It was never known to our long heritage for the past centuries, and was not known except in this period. Perhaps it was a translation of a 'foreign' word that carries this meaning. Its implication is not a comfortable one to the senses of a Muslim person.
It would have been better to use the words meeting, gathering, or women's participation with men or something of the sort.
In any case, Islam does not issue a general ruling on this matter. Islam looks at it in the light of the objectives behind it or the benefits gained as well as possible harms and in what form it takes place and the conditions that should be met, etc.
The meeting of men and women is not 'haraam' but is acceptable or required if the objective was participation in a noble cause, related to useful knowledge or good deeds, or a beneficial project or a necessary 'jihaad', or otherwise of the activities that need combining the efforts of the two sexes and cooperation between them in the planning, direction and execution.
This does not mean that the barriers between them should melt and the legislative barriers related to meetings between two parties are forgotten. People should not claim that they are pure angels that nobody should fear for or from. They want to transfer the Western society to us. The duty is to participate in good deeds and cooperate in what is charitable and pious within the framework that was drawn by Islam, which includes: