Posted by أم حذيفة حياة لأندلسية at 18:30
Shaykh Saalih Al-Fawzaan حفظه الله تعالى, when asked if a woman can unveil her face because of the difference of opinion on this matter, replied:
“No one uses the difference of opinion amongst the scholars as a justification except for the people of desires who love to follow their whims. As for the one who fears Allah, he does not use the differences of opinion as an excuse.
Differences of opinions exist amongst the scholars. In fact, there is almost no issue from among the issues of fiqh, except that there can be found a difference of opinion amongst the scholars in it. This is why Allah has commanded us to refer back to the Book and the Sunnah.
“And if you differ in anything, then refer it back to Allah and the Messenger if you truly believe in Allah and the last day.” [4:59]
So differences of opinion exist. However, it is not permissible for us to (only) accept the opinion that confirms to our desires and aspirations, whilst rejecting the one that is supported by the evidences just because it contradicts our desires. This is not permissible.
So what is required is to take the opinion that is in conformity with the evidence from the Book and the Sunnah with regard to the Hijab as well as everything else.”
The shaykh then went on to confirm the obligation of a woman veiling her face.
[Ta’ammulaat Fee Awaakhir Suratil Ahzaab, 49-51]
Taken from “Four Essays On The Obligation Of Veiling” p.4