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
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
And Allaah is the Source of strength.