Does it necessitate atonement for a woman who normally covers her face with a veil if she uncovers her face while she is in ihram?
Submitted by on Sun, 13/12/2009 - 14:02
Dear Brother / Sister,
It is one of conditions of the Ihram for a woman to uncover her face. Namely, a woman does not cover her face beginning from the time of the Ihram. The Hadith “the Ihram for a woman is on her face” explains it. Namely, there is no condition for a woman in Ihram except uncovering her face. A man cannot wear seamed clothes and a woman cannot cover her face during the Ihram. (see Ikhtiyar, 1/156)
It is clear from the explanation above that it is a right act for your wife not to cover her face during the circumambulation of the Kaaba. However, covering her face without any excuse while she is in Ihram before the circumambulation of the Kaaba is a wrong act. It is necessary, as atonement, for her to sacrifice an animal like a goat or sheep. (see al-Jazari, al-Madhahibu’l-arbaa, 1/675-678)
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