Q: I am a female. I am shafaee. Is the face covering necessary? I was told by a shafee scholar that we do not need to cover our faces in America because it would casue big problems. Any help to clear the matter? FYI: You know this scholar very well
A: Shafee woman according to shafee fiqh must cover their face (more so when there is possibility of corruption.) Sharia is not limited to a given geographic location (or mazhab.)
If one does not want to wear the hijab, the matter is one. Not wearing the face-covering based on the claim that Imaam shafee negates its wearing is false.
Allah Certainly Knows Best.
p.s. kindly do not pit one scholar against another, it really shows poor taste. Also i recommend you to read the works of Shiek Ibn Hajar Haytami. (on our front page.)