Please offer some advice on the following scenario. We are seeing the beginnings of change in the mentality of the UK non-muslim population. Although they dislike the burka, they tolerate it. However, the niqab is something that politicians have openly insulted, with no apology and have been supported surprisingly by previously very quiet non-muslims up and down the UK.
They voice opinions such as it being a security risk as helmets and balaclavas and other face veils are not allowed in public. So currently their hate for it is based on some justification. From their point of view, it is a fair comment and they cannot understand why there is discrimination. You either allow all face coverings in public or ban them, there’s no in-between.
However I am worried as my sisters and mother wear the niqab. May Allah protect them but I am undecided as to what to do moving forward.
Urdu Version at the bottom of this page
“The Oppression of Kings (i.e. governments and rulers) is from the Punishments of Allah Ta’ala. The Punishment of Allah Ta’ala cannot be warded off with swords. Verily, safety (from Allah’s punishment) and warding it off are (possible) only by means of Dua, Taubah, Inaabat (turning to Him with repentance), and by eliminating sins. Verily, when the Punishment of Allah is confronted by swords, it (Allah’s Punishment) becomes worse.”
“Wallaah! If people had to adopt Sabr (i.e. morally reform oneself and submit to the Shariah fully) when oppressed by their Sultan, Allah Azza Wa Jal will soon eliminate the oppression. However, when they resort to the sword (i.e. rebellion), they are assigned to it [i.e. Allah abandons them to their swords].”
[Statements of Hasan al-Basri, the great student of the Sahabah (radhiyallahu anhum), which encapsulate the general position of the Salaf-us-Saaliheen and the subsequent Ijma’ of the Fuqaha on rebellion against a tyrannical ruler, the truth of which has been vindicated irrefutably by the terrible events in Syria, Egypt, Libya, etc.]