Originally Posted by Hashim
The Qur'an has not explicitly endorsed covering of the face by a woman as a general etiquette of interaction between men and women. The above verse is presented as an argument for the veil however, while explaining the verse above, most of the major commentators of the Qur'an have mentioned that a woman may not cover her face and hands and hence no consensus over the issue.
I dont know how some can say the niqaab etc is not prescribed by thre qur'aan and sunnah. Here is the da'leel (evidence) dervived from the qur'aan and sunnah, and the sahaabaah and scholars insha'allaah.
"The Niqaab in light of the Holy Quran and Sahih Hadith and in the Opinions of the great scholars....
From the Quran.....(This tafseer is Agreed upon by Ibn Kathir, Al-Qurtabi and At-Tabari)
Surah An-Nur, Verses #30 and #31
‘And Say to the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts) and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent (like both eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer palms of hands or one eye or dress like veil, gloves, head cover, apron), and to draw their veils all over Juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms)
"As for the third issue - that is the extent to which a woman should cover herself - is concerned, most of the scholars are of the opinion that her whole body, except her face and hands should be covered. Abu Hanifah is of the opinion that she may not cover her feet, while Abu Bakr ibn Abd al-Rahmaan and Ahmad are of the opinion that the woman should be covered from head to toe."
Surah Al-Ahzaab is one of those Surah sof the Qur’an,which was revealed in very complex and difficult circumstances surrounding the Muslims in Madina, precisely means, the Surah has it's specific context under these circumstances.n the revelation year of this Surha the Battle of the trench took place in which a large number of Arab tribes were united outside of Madina as well as there were hypocrites who were keen to spread rumors and defame especially about the Prophet(pbuh) and his wives. As you would know, they beleaguered Muslim women on the streets and used to had excuse that they thought they were slave girls; and actually they were releasing their frustration as they got defeated in the previous battle of Uhud. Never the less, to remove all those excuses and to point out the hypocrisy, God has mentioned some temporary commandments for the muslim women at that time to had a distinction between slave girls and free women of Madina. These incidents are not only evident from the text of the Surahbut also from the narratives related to this year. The very next verse of the same Surah to the above one, is a clear evidence that the verse was actually addressing those hypocrites and hence cannot be taken as in general directives. It would be interesting to note that even in the referred verse, Muslim women were not directed to cover their faces.
Surah Al-Ahzaab, Verse #59
‘O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks ("Jalabib") veils all over their bodies (screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way Tafseer Al-Qurtabi) that is most convenient that they should be known (as such) and not molested: and Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful."
If the hypocrites, and those in whose hearts is sickness, and the agitators in the city do not give over, We shall urge thee against them, and then they will not remain therein as thy neighbours but little;
accursed, they shall be seized wherever they are come upon, and slaughtered all.
[Surah Al Ahzab, 60:60] I would be glad if it does help anyone around.