Removing Hijab to Save Someone’s Life

Removing Hijab to Save Someone’s Life


Taking the Hijab off to save someones life.


I have a general question which has been in my mind since past few days and have not been able to find an answer to this. I would like to know if it would be permissble for a woman to remove her hijab or niqab when someone’s life is at risk. For example, if someone is heavily bleeding due to a life threatening injury and to apply pressure to the wound in order to stop bleeding, would the use of one’s hijab/niqab be allowed? If nothing as such is available.

I’d be grateful if you could answer this question.


In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

In the case of a life threatening injury, as a last resort, if one were to remove her Hijab or Niqab to save someone’s life, she would be excused for doing so.[i]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Hammad Ibn Ismail Jogiat

Student - Darul Iftaa

Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

Checked and Approved by,

Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

الأشباه والنظائر لابن نجيم (ص: 73)[i]

الضَّرُورَاتُ تُبِيحُ الْمَحْظُورَاتِ،