Tawaaf with woman’s face uncovered

Question 21: Is it permissible for women who are performing Hajj or ‘Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) to uncover their faces while they are making Tawaaf (circumambulation) around the Ka‘bah in the presence of non-Mahrams (men other than woman’s spouse or unmarriageable relatives)?

Answer: A woman’s face is part of her ‘Awrah (private parts of the body that must be covered in public) which is impermissible to be uncovered before all non-Mahrams, whether she is performing Tawaaf or at other times and whether she is a Muhrim (pilgrim in the ritual state for Hajj and ‘Umrah) or not. If a lady makes Tawaaf with her face uncovered, she is considered sinful even though her Tawaaf is valid. Regardless, women have to cover their faces with something other than Niqaab (face veil) when they are in Ihraam (ritual state for Hajj and ‘Umrah)… read more here.

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