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Question on Niqab

May 18, 2008

Konservo and I have been discussing freedom of religion vs. accomodating religion at my post The Veil: Twice Dismissed and this particular situation came to mind.

How does one in Niqab who gets pulled over for a traffic violation or maybe has been in an accident react when approached by a lone male officer.

If her driver’s license was taken by a female, in private and her face is showing in her driver’s license – can she hand over her driver’s license to the male police officer?  If she can – why can she?  If she can not – how does she go about dealing with this particular situation.  Then, how does an officer know that the person before him is the same person in the photo – does she have to prove who she is at the scene or does she now have to go to the police station to have a female officer confirm her identity.

Has anyone ever been in this situation?


5 Comments leave one →
  1. dawood permalink
    May 22, 2008 10:15 pm

    The scholars have basically said that in such instances of necessity – especially when dealing with issues relating to legal stuff – then it is permissible (and indeed often required) to show the face. So there is latitude regarding various situations – even from those who believe niqab should be worn.

    There is a difference between that and what people may actually do on the ground though, of course.

  2. May 22, 2008 11:45 pm

    So there is no basis in Islam for this woman to not remove her niqab at the request of a male judge:

    Is there any basis for her refusal? One school of thought perhaps?

  3. May 23, 2008 8:03 pm

    Wait a minute, Samaha. Didn’t you say:

    as long as there is one single person out there wearing hijab that insists it is their religious obligation – this will always be seen as a freedom of religion issue.

    Now you seem willing to concede that “there is no basis in Islam”?

  4. May 23, 2008 8:50 pm

    No, Konservo because even if all four schools of thought have a majority opinion that she can remove it for necessity, especially regarding legal stuff – there still may be dissenting opinions within those schools of thought and possibly newer rulings. So, while I do not wear a scarf – the majority opinion of all four schools is that I have to wear a scarf. However, I am able to find dissenting opinions. So – no I wouldn’t be a hypocrite.

  5. May 23, 2008 10:11 pm

    I didn’t think you were a hypocrite, I just thought you changed your mind. 🙂

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