Niqaab – Islamic or Cultural?

Muiz Bukhary

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A Jumuah sermon delivered on the 12th of February, 2016 at Masjid-Ul-Hasan, Lower Bagatelle Road, Colombo 03 in Sri Lanka.

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Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa sallahu wa salam O Allah Shafi Gambia even mousseline a beginner Habibi, Nam por la Tru Nina, Mohammed Ebony Abdullah an island hawala Lee he was Harvey of Peru salatu wa automata steam

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All praise and thanks to Almighty Allah subhanho wa Taala, who is no doubt our Creator sustainer nourish, protector and cure. We ask him subhana wa tada to shower his choices of blessings and salutations upon our beloved prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa, a reseller, his family members, his companions and all those who tread upon his path with utmost sincerity until the day of

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my dear respected elders and brothers in Islam.

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First and foremost, I advise myself and then all of you all president here, to adopt a life of taqwa. And that is to fear Allah subhanho wa Taala. And to be conscious conscious of him, so the HANA Medina during every single second of our lives, if we wish to attain success in this world as well as the hereafter May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us all from the people of taqwa. I mean.

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And Shannon data, the topic for today's photo is actually a question.

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Is the Nepal the face cover

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something Islamic? Or is it just plain culture? Is that something Islamic? Or is it just claimed culture? And I thought of touching on this in the few minutes that I have with you all, to try and educate ourselves in this regard. Because I feel due to the lack of knowledge in this regard. There are many who tend to, you know, offer their opinions, their views and whatnot, with no proper background, or proper grounding in this particular field.

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So, coming back to the question, is it Islamic? Or is it something cultural? I'm not going to go into the lengthy discussion behind this. I'm just trying to clear it out for you. Or, to put it in simple words.

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There are those today like those progressive Muslims, the ones who shun away, the sooner the prophets are among

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those who only believe in the Quran. And there are even others who take on a very modern approach to all of this who state that this is something that sprung up only about 10 to 15 years ago. Whilst in reality, it is completely contrary to that. There are two is that discussed this. The first is is in sort of to know well, lots of kind of Medina.

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He states pullin minasi, bodynamic avisar in and the ayah goes on Allah subhanho wa Taala commands our beloved prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, or Mohammed say unto the believing women to protect their privates and Allah subhanho wa Taala goes on to list a few commandments of which is

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when are you within as the nectar hoonah illa Mahara Mina, and they are not supposed to expose their beauty their adornment. Illa Mahara minha except that which is apparent now this part of the ayah has been interpreted by two great Sahaba in one of my my two great Sahabi companions of the Prophet said a loved one to great Sahaba from the companions of the prophets of Allah while evolution and data are the one line Houma and even Mr. Rude rhodiola One, two great companions, even at best are the long line Houma. He clearly states that Illa Mahara minha. His interpretation of the ayah is that they are supposed to cover themselves except for their face in their hands even at best for the

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long run. Even the minister rude or the alarm line. On the other hand, he states that they're supposed to cover everything. And the part where enamel bahara minha means is that after they cover whatever is happening, whatever is visible, that is after the cover their faces, whatever is apparent or whatever is visible is excused. That was exempted. Here. You have another ayah Surah Allah,

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Allah subhana wa Jahren estadia you hanabi Cooley, as well as the cabana Zico manisa momineen Arena and he Nemanja Levine. Oh Prophet, say unto your wives, cool Cooley as magic webinar to your daughters when he said

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Meaning and women of the believing men to you the Nina Allah him in general we begin to draw over their jobs over them. Now this particular Ayah to the scholars of Tafseer commend the right after this ayah was revealed the women folk during the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. They came out covering their faces in different ways, and scholars of Tafseer in the sense scholars of Tafseer during the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Yani

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one when others so these are the two is more or less discussed this issue. Apart from that, let's look at what the Messiah him say in this regard. You have the four prominent major schools of thought that you and I we all know about and we follow

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the Metal Hammer female Michelle fairy urashima hula and the method of Imam Akhmad even Hanban Rahim Allah clearly stated that it is obligatory for the women folk to cover their faces in America hula and Imam Abu hanifa Rahim Allah have the opinion that it is not obligated to contemporary scholars of the Hanafi school, the school of Abu hanifa they state that in today's time in Iran, due to the wide spread of immorality due to the sexualization of females, that now it is preferable, highly recommended that women foam cover their faces to be chased and also to neutralize the sexualization and this attraction that is being portrayed towards females. So from this, we clearly understand

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that this is not something that sprung up a few years back. But this was something during the time of the prophets of Allah while evaluating them. This is part and parcel of Islam. But then again, there is a difference of opinion, just as how there is a difference of opinion in many issues, apart from the fundamental issues, like say, for example, you don't have a difference of opinion in regard to how many prayers you're supposed to offer in during a given day. You don't have a difference of opinion where certain scholars say that, you know, what you can omit sought to refer to if you wish is just for prayers. And some say it's five prayers know the fundamentals are all established. But

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apart from that the other issues like say for example, in regard to where you're supposed to place your hands during surah there is a difference of opinion. Imam Abu hanifa Rahim Allah says below your navel, Michelle, he says above your neighbor neighbor there are so many opinions from different scholars. Likewise in terms of time, for example, in terms of the methodology, there is a difference of opinion in terms of different issues. There are differences of opinion among the scholars. And one might wonder as to why there is such a difference of opinion. This media brothers in Islam is from the wisdoms of Allah Subhana Allah Allah, if Allah azza wa jal had wished he could have made

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our Deen in such a way that we have been just one path, but Allah subhanho wa Taala would otherwise and there is a difference of opinion prevalent. And this is not something once again Even the difference of opinion is not something that cropped up just yesterday or during the time of the scholars of the mothership. No, this was something that started off during the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam winds along while he was alive, I'm sure some of you might be aware of the incident that took place known as the incident of a new boy gone by no further monopoly, there was a Jewish tribe, and also the lions are a lot more highly valued. At one juncture. He asked a few

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of his companions to go and you know, meet this particular tribe. He commanded a group of his companions and he gave them specific instructions clear explicit instructions, he told them, go and pray salatu wa salam ala, listen to me attentively go and pray salata Nasser at Banu karate incident goes along the lines of these words, the Sahaba

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in that particular group, they got the the commander of the province of Alberta, ie the instructions of the province of Alberta, Islam very clearly and they set out on this journey. What happens now halfway through the journey, they have not yet reached the tribe and the time for Salah Asada had entered. It was about to leave them they were about to miss salado, Alaska. Now the Sahaba they're having a discussion, the two factions, two opinions on the table. One group one faction started to say Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam clearly instructed us to pray for Latin America, and that's what we are going to do even if the time for solitude as it leaves us. It doesn't matter

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because also realize that a lot more than he instructed us to pray Astra de novo. The other group of the companions, they said what Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam meant was we were supposed to be that he wanted us to hasten he wanted us to rush and make it for Santa. Monica. But here we are. We're just in the middle of the journey we haven't reached when okuhara the time for seraphina Aster is about to leave us in a salata. kanatal Mini Nikita makuta indeed Salah has been established upon the believers at appointed times. So what will supervisor allamani variously meant was that you were supposed to reach a new period of answer but we didn't. So let's stop pre answer and move. So

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difference of opinion, one group continued and they went and prayed as soon as one group stop prayed and they

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Continue, once they got back Now listen, even though there was a difference of opinion, they did not go at one another's necks, they did not call one another names, they did not start branding one another. Instead they went to Banu Cora and they executed what Russell Weiser allamani, wherever silom wanted them to do. Once they got back, they referred the issue to a supervisor maharlika it was sent sallam. Now, you may be wondering what might have been the decree of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam disregard. You know what he said? He said, both of you are correct.

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But you both did it correct. It was basically your way of interpreting my instructions. And likewise, many respected elders and brothers in Islam. Throughout the annals of history based on deducing rulings from the Quran and the Sunnah scholars have differed, you have a number of ways of deducing opinions. And likewise, this particular issue, there is a difference of opinion. And what we're trying to highlight here is that, we're not saying look, I need to make something very clear. The framework of Sharia is clear. The principles of Sharia are very clear. We're not in any way endorsing tight clothing, transparent clothing, we're not endorsing all of that. We're talking about

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the face cover here, the niqab, just the Nippon. It's up to an individual when there is a difference of opinion to choose an opinion and move forward. The result as if we do not have knowledge in that regard. We're supposed to refer to a scholar we're supposed to ask a Mufti say, for example, a Mufti, he would analyze the situation, he would analyze the context, he would analyze the individual and then go back to the Quran and the Sunnah and give out a ruling. So when there is a difference of opinion, we look at both sides, we do not criticize either side. Because at the end of the day, we have scholars on both sides. Like I said that the former hit for example, Mama chef, curry mama

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humble on one side, Imam Malik edema, Abu hanifa. On the other side, two different opinions. So we're not saying that either one is wrong, but at the end of the day, it is upon the individual to choose. And an individual would choose based on academics based on perhaps how their individual or a scholar, if you will, how he gauges that howdy from the Prophet sallallahu, alayhi wasallam. At times, it can be a personal preference, like in terms of that individual thinking, this is better for my spirituality, this is better for my spirituality, this is better for me to perhaps, you know, maintain a very modest outlook. Now, we're not saying that a sister who is covered is more modest

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than a sister who is not covered and dropped me about the face here. But then again, it's up to that individual to choose between the two opinions. But sadly, today, what's happening is amidst us, we have Muslims who are causing issues, we have Muslims, not understanding the academics behind it, not understanding that this is part of the Quran, this is part of the sooner flinging about opinions as if they themselves are movies, and they're causing a lot of issues, a lot of problems, many restricted elders and brothers in Islam. If you don't have knowledge in regard to a particular issue, refer to the people of knowledge as the last panel, more dynasties. Let's let the Korean

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Controller Go ask the people of liquid ie the people of knowledge. If you don't know, in regard to a particular matter in regard to a particular issue. Don't flick about you know what I think this is how it works, you know, that was a culture of the Dark Ages. Now we are modern. Now with this fear that you're quoting. And you're commenting in regard to something that you know nothing about. If you have knowledge in this regard, you wouldn't comment as such, because you would go back to the forum, you would go back to the sooner and you would know that this is something you've been advanced for the long run when I spoken about this is something you've been in a long line has

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spoken about. And at the end of the day, you would understand that there is a difference of opinion. And today throughout the world, I'm sure that no one ever forces our women folk to cover their faces. If only they would have a chat, a conversation with a niqab. If, for example, a sister who is covering her face, she would say that this is my personal you know, view my my personal wish, my desire that you know, I'm covering myself. And then yes, you have the one of sister who would perhaps be covering due to her father's wish, or her brother's wish, or her perhaps her husband's wish, but no one can say that just because she's respecting their wishes, that she's being forced. I

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mean, say if your father wanted you to become a doctor, and you want to become an engineer, but then again, you respect his wishes and you become a doctor, no one would tell you that you know, you were forced to becoming a doctor. Now you opted to respect your father's wishes, you opted to respect your mother's wishes. You're not being forced into this. And yes, like I said, there may be one of sisters who are perhaps covering themselves to respect their father's wishes or their husbands wishes, but in general, the majority are doing it out of their own will. They have chosen this as a way to mark they are living up to those ideas the way they have interpreted the Sunnah of the

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Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam the way they have understood the issue and the way they have you know, perhaps taken from different scholars like your mama chef and Ada Hey, Mama, Mama Mama diva humble akima Hola. So I hope I have somewhat made the issue clear, because a lot of people are in confusion in this regard is a part of

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Islam is a part of culture, it is part of Islam. And yes, we do have a difference of opinion and we are open to both opinions. We're not closed minded, it is upon us to think out of the box. Do not think narrowly. think out of the box, be more open minded and accept the two opinions that have been put forth by the scholars. This is all I have to say for today, male muscle tendon medalla opened the doors of understanding for all of us. May Allah azza wa jal forgive us of our sins, many accept our good deeds, and just as how the United States and this beautiful message many Unitas in the gardens of gender with our beloved Prophet Mohammed Salah long line at USAID, I mean, we're further

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away