Is this true? Ibn Abbas (ra) is one of the most learned men of the Sahaba (Companions). Prophet Muhammad ((may Peace Be Upon Him)) even prayed for him saying “O Allah, make him acquire a deep understanding of the religion of Islam and instruct him in the meaning and interpretation of things.” He with reference to Surah An-Nur “except only that which is apparent” as Ibn Kathir narrated with a Sahih (authentic) chain of narrators, said it’s “The hand, the ring, and the face.” Abdullah Ibn Omar Ibn Al-Khattab (ra) said “the face and the two hands”. Anas Ibn Malik (ra) said “the hand and the ring”. Ibn Hazm said: “all of this (statements) are in the highest of accuracy. And so are statements by Ali (ra), Aisha (ra), and other Tabi’een”.
This is not true!
This is an issue of dispute and claiming that these are all authentic needs solid proof which isn’t there as you don’t have the chain of narrators to Ibn Abbas whom himself said that a woman should cover her face and show only one eye and he portrayed this to his companions showing them how it should be done!
There is on YouTube a presentation I made with Abu Osama Ath’thahabi in Birmingham in 2011 or 2012 on Niqab and I believe it is found on my channel. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v