The Ruling on a Woman Wearing the Niqab and gloves during the Prayer – Shaikh Ibn ul-‘Uthaymeen

Question: Is it allowed for a woman to pray wearing niqab and gloves?

Answer: “If a woman is praying in her house or in a place where no men can see her except for her mahaarim, then she exposes her face and her hands in order for her forehead and nose to touch directly in prostration. Likewise, her two hands.

As for if she is praying in a place and there a men who are not her mahaarim, then it is necessary for her to cover her face because covering her face from men who are not her mahaarim is obligatory. It is not allowed for her to uncover her face in front of them as is that is proven in the Book of Allah, the Exalted and the Sunnah of Messenger (ﷺ) and according to the correct opinion of one who is intelligent, let alone a believer.

Wearing the gloves on the hands is a legislated affair, for verily this is the apparent action of the Companions due to the evidence of the Prophet s(ﷺ):

لا تنتقب المحرمة، ولا تلبس القفازين

A woman in the sacred state (wearing ihram) must not be veiled or wear gloves

So this indicates that the custom of the women was to wear gloves. So like this, there is no harm for her to wear gloves if she is praying and there are foreign men. As for what is connected to covering the face, she covers it as long as she is standing or sitting. If she wants to make prostration, she can uncover the face for the forehead to directly touch in prostration”


Translated by

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan

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