Persevere in What You Are Doing Despite Your Husband Improper Comments
Fatwa No: 399556

Question

I have a question I am a Muslim women living in the west I’m a Practo got Muslim and I wear Niqab for the past 4 years alhamdulilah I believe the niqab is something that we have to wear I told my husband that I’m not going to show my face to his brothers because it’s haram he told me that I’m only doing this because I’m easy to get or what we call going to give my self easy if I don’t cover he talked about my shraf and I’m hurt but I’m doing this for allah please advice me because I’m hurt that he thought I only want to wear it because he think I think I’m going to be unfaithful to him which breaks my heart keep in mind we are married for almost 4 years and thank you

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

First of all, we thank Allah, dear sister, Who guided you to Islam and to wearing the Niqaab, and we ask Him to help you in being steadfast on the goodness that you are upon.

There is no doubt that what your husband said is wrong. Intentions are only known by Allah and the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) rebuked one Companion when the latter judged what is in the heart of someone else as he told him: "Did you open his chest (heart) to see what is in it?" [Al-Bukhaari, Muslim and Ahmed in Al-Musnad]

It is very strange for your husband to rebuke you about your wearing the Niqaab by what he said, because this is contrary to reason.

Reason requires that the woman who wears the Niqaab to preserve her beauty from being seen by other than her husband that she is faithful to her husband and that she is a chaste woman, so how is it that she is accused of the opposite?

Rather, he should have helped you in obeying Allah and not be helping the devil against you. Therefore, we advise him to repent to Allah Almighty.

We also advice you to take it easy and be patient with him because this world is a test and a trial, and we are at the end of times as the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said:

"There will come upon the people a time when a person holding onto his religion will be like the one holding onto hot coal." [Ahmad, At-Tirmithi and others]

In another Hadeeth, the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "After you there will come days of patience (i.e. days which require patience). During those (days) the reward of being patient during them is like holding onto an ember, for the doer (of righteous deeds) during them wil get a reward like that of fifty people who do the same deeds like him." They said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, the reward of fifty of them?’ He said: ‘Nay, it is the reward of fifty of you.'" [Abu Daawood and Ibn Maajah]

You should know that Allah tests His Servants and that He makes firm the people who are truthful and patient; so be one of them.

The path of righteousness and obedience to Allah is a path that is followed by the Prophets, the Messengers and the righteous people who followed them in faith, and they had been patient over the harm, mockery and ridicule that they had met from their people, and their reward from Allah was great for their patience and perseverance.

So persevere in doing the good that you are doing now and do not give any consideration to any obstacles that you may encounter, and you will realize that Allah will enable you to do good. Remember the saying of Allah (what means): {Indeed, Allah is with those who fear Him and those who are doers of good.} [Quran 16:128]

For more benefit on the obligation on women to wear Niqaab and husband objecting to his wife wearing it, please refer to Fataawa 392050 and 300763.

Also, for more benefit on the reward for being patient, please refer to Fatwa 8601.

Allah knows best.

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