Q 2: is it permissible for a woman to uncover her face in front of men when kissing the Black Stone?

A: Kissing the Back Stone during Tawaf (circumambulation around the Ka`bah) is one of the stressed Sunnan (supererogatory acts of worship following the example of the Prophet) of Tawaf. However this is to take place without overcrowding and pushing, otherwise this act should not be done, and it would suffice a person to wave to the Black Stone, especially for women, for they [i.e. their body is] `Awrah (must be covered in public), and as pushing is impermissible for men, then it is more so for women. Moreover it is impermissible for a woman to uncover her face when kissing the Black Stone even if there are no crowds, due to the existence of non-Mahram (not a spouse or marriageable person) men in this situation.

( Part No : 11,Page No:230)

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Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta'
Member Member Deputy Chairman Chairman
`Abdullah ibn Qa`ud `Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan `Abdul-Razzaq `Afify `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz