Can A Woman Wipe Over The Khimaar?

March 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

The khimaar of the woman is that which the she covers her head with (i.e. the headscarf or the veil).

Shaykh ‘Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah):

The ulemaa’ have disputed with regards to the permissibility of a woman wiping over her khimaar.

» So some of them said it is not permissible[*]. This is because Allaah, the Exalted has commanded with the wiping of the head in His Statement: “And wipe over your heads – وَامْسَحُوا بِرُؤُوسِكُمْ ” [Soorah al-Maa’idah (5): 6]

And when she wipes over her khimaar then indeed, she does not wipe over her head; rather she has wiped over the partition, which is the veil, so it is not permissible.

» Some others have said it is permissible: This is because they compared the khimaar of the woman to the ‘imaamah of the man.[**]

From what is known and adopted from the math-hab of al-Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullaah) is that they can wipe over the khimaar as long as it goes under the chin, as this was narrated from some of the female companions (radhiAllaahu ‘anhunn).

In any case, if there was difficulty to remove the khimaar like if there was cold weather or something else obstructing her from removing it and wrapping it again, then there is some tolerance in this matter and there is no problem to wipe over it.

But, the better (of the two opinions) is not to wipe.

[*] Refer to Al-Insaaf (1/387)

[**] It is a sunnah for the man to wipe over his turban. This is confirmed in Saheeh al-Bukhaaree in Kitaab al-Wudhoo (4): Baab (48): Narration #205: Narrated by Ja’far bin ‘Amr from his father who said: I saw the Nabee salAllaahu alayhi wa sallam wiping upon his ‘imaamah (turban) and khuff (leather socks).”

All of the above was translated from the Shaykh’s website from the following links:


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