Further Explanation Of The Ruling Which Says That It Is Permissible For Kaafir Women To See Muslim Women Without Hijaab

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You said kaafir women can see you without hijaab,i'm not convinced since you mentioned only 1 hadeeth of aaishah (r.a)revealing herself to a jew.can you explain some more cause my inlaws are kaafirs?

Praise be to Allaah.

Your keenness to be modest in dress in front of kaafir women is something to be commended and appreciated, especially at a time when there is so little modesty and gheerah (protective jealousy of men over their womenfolk) is so weak.

With regard to the issue of kaafir women seeing what ordinarily appears of the Muslim woman, this is an issue concerning which the Muslim scholars of the past and present have differed. Under Question no. 2198 you will find a summary of what the scholars have said and the evidence for each opinion. You will notice that those who say that it is permissible for a kaafir woman to see a Muslim woman without hijaab have more than one piece of evidence to support their view.

But it is worth pointing out the following:

1 If a Muslim woman has saheeh evidence concerning some matter of sharee'ah, and the evidence is clear and the meaning is apparent, then she should follow it; it is not essential to have two or more pieces of evidence for every issue.

2 If the kaafir woman is not trustworthy and there is the fear that she may describe the Muslim woman to her husband or say something that will harm her honour, then the Muslim woman has to beware of her by wearing hijaab, not mixing with her and so on.

3 The view that Muslim women should wear hijaab in front of kaafir women is a valid opinion and is correct to some extent. Many of the salaf (first generations of Islam) expressed this view. So if a Muslim woman wants to be on the safe side regarding her religion and follow this opinion, she may do that. It is hoped that her caution and her keenness to avoid something doubtful will bring good results. But she should not denounce those who differ from her in that, so long as the matter is subject to ijtihaad and differences of scholarly opinion, especially when there is no fear of fitnah from the kaafir women.

4 Women should not go too far in uncovering in front of their mahrams or Muslim women, let alone in front of kaafir women. Rather they should not show any more than that which ordinarily appears, namely the hands, calves, neck and hair. Modesty is a branch of faith. You will find more details and further explanation under Question no. 6596. And Allaah knows best.

May Allaah bless our Prophet Muhammad.

Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

It is not permissible for a shaykh to be alone with a non-mahram woman in order to recite ruqyah for her

What is the ruling on going to a man who is known as a shaykh, for him to treat illness with the Qur'aan, but when he recites over women he is alone with each one of them on her own, and if the woman's situation calls for it he keeps her in his house for a few days? I was one of these women, but I felt deep regret and asked Allaah's forgiveness and repented to Him.

Praise be to Allaah.

It is haraam for a man to be alone with a woman who is not his mahram, even if that is for the purpose of treating her with ruqyah by reciting Qur'aan, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "No man is alone with a (non-mahram) woman, but the Shaytaan is the third one present." Even more serious and sinful than being alone with him is your staying overnight in the house of that man who is a stranger (non-mahram) to you, and staying in his house for a number of nights and days, and being alone with him. These are means that lead to evil and corruption.

Any Muslim woman who has done such a thing has to repent sincerely from that, and not go back to such evil deeds.

And Allaah is the Source of strength.



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