Question 31: Is it permissible for the women to wear Burqu` (face veil) while in the state of Ihraam (ritual state for Hajj and `Umrah)? My wife wore it during the Hajj and when she returned from Hajj she was told that her Hajj is invalid because she wore the Burqu`. Is it permissible for the woman to apply perfume while in the state of Ihraam? Is it permissible for the woman to take contraceptive pills to stop menstruation during Hajj? Is it permissible for her to hold the hand of a man who is not a Mahram (spouse or permanently unmarriageable relative) of the people in their company for Hajj because of it being over-crowded and lest she gets lost? Is it permissible for her to assume Ihraam while wearing her gold jewels?
Answer: A – It is not permissible for the woman to wear Burqu` while in the state of Ihram. This is according to the saying of the Prophet (peace be upon him): A woman in the state of Ihram should not cover her face, or wear gloves. (Related by Al-Bukhaaree) If the woman did not know that wearing Burqu` in the state of Ihraam is not allowed, her Hajj is valid… read more here.