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Resolution No.(64) by the Board of Iftaa`, Research and Islamic Studies:
"Ruling on a Veiled Woman Uncovering her Face"
Date: 8/4/1424 AH, corresponding to 9/6/2003

 

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of The Worlds, and may His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Mohammad and upon all his family and companions.
What is the ruling of Islamic Sharia when a veiled woman uncovers her face  for identity check during elections?
The Board is of the view that the permissibility of a woman uncovering her face, in general, is a controversial issue amongst the Jurists. The majority of them see that it is permissible for a woman to uncover her face because it isn`t an Awrah(Body parts that must be covered as per Sharia); whereas, some of them see that it is forbidden. Nevertheless, there is a consensus amongst the Jurists that it is permissible for the woman to uncover her face for litigation or delivering a testimony, and    she isn`t considered sinful when required to do that for similar purposes.
Since casting her vote is tantamount to giving a testimony, a veiled woman is permitted to uncover her face, while not wearing make-up, for identity check at poll stations and she isn`t considered sinful at all. However, it is better that a female is assigned for checking the identity of veiled women during elections, and as much as possible.
Note: His Grace, Dr. Nooh Al-Qhodat  said: "It is permissible for a woman to cast her vote, and that covering her face before people other than her husband and Mahrams(unmarriageable male relatives) is obligatory according to some Jurists. Therefore, a woman who sees that covering her face before non-Mahrams(Marriageable men) obligatory, she mustn`t uncover it for the purpose of casting her vote."

 

Chairman of the Iftaa` Board, Chief Justice, Izz Aldeen Attamimi
Dr. Wasif Al-Bakhri
Dr. Ahmad Hilayel
Dr. Abdulsalam Al-Abbadi
Dr. Yousef Ghizaan
Sheikhb Sa`id Hijjawi
Sheikh Na`iem Mujahid
Sheikh Mahmood Shwayat
Dr. Mohammad Abu Yahia

 

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