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Who said or where was written that Hazrat Aisha wore more than one abaya to cover herself? Is that Hadith? Is that in the Quran?

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(Dec 17 '13 at 14:55) Bibi Amina ♦ Bibi%20Amina's gravatar image

Assalaam Alaiykum, sister/brother, to my knowledge, the wearing of more than one abaya is not directly stated neither in the Qur’an nor the Hadiths. If I am wrong, inshallah, someone will correct me and enlighten us both.

Sahih Al-Bukhari Volume 1, Book 8, Hadith # 368 tells:

Narrated 'Aisha (Radhiallaahu Ánha) Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) used to offer the Fajr prayer and some believing women covered with their veiling sheets used to attend the Fajr prayer with him and then they would return to their homes unrecognized.

Shaikh Ibn Uthaimin in tafseer of this hadith explains "This hadith makes it clear that the Islamic dress is concealing of the entire body as explained in this hadith. Only with the complete cover including the face and hands can a woman not be recognized. This was the understanding and practice of the Sahaba and they were the best of group, the noblest in the sight of Allah (swt) with the most complete Imaan and noblest of characters. so if the practice of the women of the sahaba was to wear the complete veil then how can we deviate from their path?

(Ibn Uthaimin in the book "Hijaab" page # 12 and 13)

In the Noble Qur'an Allah Subhana wa ta’ala says:

Surah Al-Ahzaab, Verse #59

‘O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks ("Jalabib") veils all over their bodies (screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way Tafseer Al-Qurtabi) that is most convenient that they should be known (as such) and not molested: and Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful."

Surah An-Nur, Verses #30 and #31

‘And Say to the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts) and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent (like both eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer palms of hands or one eye or dress like veil, gloves, head cover, apron), and to draw their veils all over Juyubihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms).

Some people make the false claim that this was only for the wives of the Prophet (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) but this has been proven wrong from the following hadith Yahya related to me from Malik from Hisham ibn Urwa that Fatima bint al-Mundhir said,

"We used to veil our faces when we were in ihram in the company of Asma bint Abi Bakr as-Siddiq." [Imaam Malik's MUWATTA Book 20 Hadith # 20.5.16]

This again proves that not only the wives of Rasulullah(Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) wore the Niqaab and that even though in Ihram women are not supposed to wear Niqab but if men are there they still have to cover the face as it is supported by this next hadith from Aisha...

Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu'minin: (Radhiallaahu Ánha) who said,

"The riders would pass us while we were with the Messenger of Allah (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam). When they got close to us, we would draw our outer cloak from our heads over our faces. When they passed by, we would uncover our faces. ] Recorded by Abu Dawud Book 10, Hadith # 1829: Ahmad, Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah have all narrated it , Narrated 'Aisha. [In his work Jilbab al-Marah al-Muslimah, al-Albani states (p. 108) that it is hasan due to corroborating evidence.

Also, in a narration from Asma {who was not the wife of Rasulullah(Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam)}, Asma also covered her face at all times in front of men.]

I hope this helps clarify your question at least to some degree. Salaam.

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