Submitting Photos for job: As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. My qestion is : most of the times we need to submit our passport size photos if we are applying for any jobs or any other works. but my problem is i am wearing niqaab, can take picture from my cam but it is allowed that other male person can see my picture ? 1. if it is allowed explain how? And is it also allowed that any of a male member can see my face, if am going to attend the written exam for the applied post as without seeing my face they would not allow me to sit in the written exams. 2. if not, plz give me explanations from Quran and Hadees. Plz reply me before 10 th of nov, 2011. As i am applyng for a new job and I am totally confused regarding this. your sister.

Cover face in Hijab

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person,  no grave, no prophet,  no imam,  no dai,  nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 33 Surah Al Ahzaab verse 59: O Prophet!  Tell your wives and daughters,  and the women of the believers,  that they should cast their outer garments over their persons.  It is expected that they will be recognized and that they will not be molested.   And Allah is Oft Forgiving,  Most Merciful.

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 24 Surah An-Noor verse 31: And O Prophet,  enjoin the believing women to restrain their gaze and guard their private parts and not to display their ‘zeenata hunna’ (beauty, adornment, etc.) except that which is displayed of itself (their face and hands),  and to draw their veils over their bosoms and not to display their ‘zeenata hunna’ (beauty, adornment, etc.) except before their husbands, their fathers,  the fathers of their husbands, their sons and the sons of their husbands,  their brothers,  their brothers sons, their sisters’ sons,  their female associates, and those in their possession and male attendants incapable of sexual desire,  and those boys who have not yet attained knowledge of sexual matters.   Also forbid them to stamp their feet on the ground lest their hidden ornaments should be displayed.

There are two opinions amongst the scholars in Islam as to what does the phrase ‘except that which is displayed of itself’  mean.    One opinion is that it means the face and the hands may be left uncovered,  and the other opinion is that the face also has to be covered, and only the hands may be left uncovered.

The most accepted opinion is that if the women covers everything except her face and her hands, she would be following the command of Allah; and if she chooses to cover her face, then it will be purer and closest to the command of Allah.

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is only ones. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

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