Praise be to Allaah.
What is required of women is to cover the head and the
entire body in front of non-mahram men, because Allah, may He be exalted,
says (interpretation of the meaning):
“O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the
women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies
(i.e. screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the
way). That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable
women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allaah is Ever Oft‑Forgiving, Most
And because of other evidence which has been discussed
previously in the answer to question
Hijab is a definite obligation for every Muslim woman.
Deficiency in calcium and vitamin D is something that can be treated
medically and by eating food that contains those nutrients, and by exposure
to the sun in a place where there are no non-mahram men, such as exposure to
the sun through windows, on the roof of the house, in remote parks, and so
Allah, may He be exalted, has prescribed and enjoined hijab,
and He knows best about His creation and what is best for them. Sharee‘ah
does not enjoin anything that causes obvious harm or considerable problems.
Following a medical study in which a number of doctors took
part, Dr. Muhammad al-Shaakir (consultant in bone disease at the specialist
King Faisal Hospital in Riyadh) rejected what has been said about women’s
Islamic clothing playing a part in vitamin D deficiency and said: This
theory has no connection to truth.
Specialists think that one of the means of protection against
bone disease is exposure to the sun so as to enable the skin to produce
vitamin D. The Muslim woman’s hijab does not prevent her being exposed to
the rays of the sun, because minimal daily exposure is enough to produce
sufficient amounts of this vitamin.
End quote from the [Saudi] Ministry of Health website.
It should be said to women who do not wear hijab for this
reason: Fear Allah, may He be exalted, and beware of His Punishment; adhere
to that which He has enjoined upon you, and stop making false excuses, for
nothing is hidden from Allah; Allaah knows the fraud of the eyes, and all
that the hearts conceal (cf. Ghaafir 40:19). Seek remedies and treatments in
that which Allah has not forbidden, and you will find it, in sha Allah.
May Allah help us all to do that which He loves and which
And Allah knows best.