Can His Wife Uncover In Front Of His Elderly Uncle (Knowing That He Is About 70 Years Old)?
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wife meet my father's paternal uncle, knowing that he
is about 70 years old?
Praise be to Allaah.
paternal uncle is regarded as an uncle to you too, and
the husband's uncle is not a mahram for the wife, so
it is not permissible for her to uncover her face in
front of him, or for him to be alone with her, even if
he is elderly, because of the general meaning of the
evidence which enjoins hijab without making any
differentiation between young and old. Allaah 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 Merciful"
And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon
him) said: "Beware of entering upon women." A man from
among the Ansaar said: "O Messenger of Allaah, what
about the in-law?" He said, "The in-law is death."
Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5232; Muslim, 2172.
Al-Layth ibn Sa'd said: The "in-law" is the husband's
brother and other similar relatives of the husband,
such as his cousin and so on.
The scholars of the Standing Committee issued a fatwa
stating that it is not permissible for a woman to
uncover in front of her husband's uncle even if he is
elderly, because he is not one of her mahrams. Fataawa
al-Lajnah al-Daa'imah, 17/424
But your wife may speak to your uncle and ask him how
he is, without shaking hands or uncovering her face.
And Allaah knows best.