SHAYKH AL-ALBAANI رحمه الله: THAT WHICH DESCRIBES A WOMAN WHEN SHE IS ALIVE IS WORSE AND WORSE!

SHAYKH AL-ALBAANI رحمه الله: THAT WHICH DESCRIBES A WOMAN WHEN SHE IS ALIVE IS WORSE AND WORSE!

‘… Transmitted by Umm Ja’far bint Muhammad bin Ja’far that Faatimah رضي الله عنها, the daughter of the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ said: ‘O Asmaa’, I am repulsed by what is done to the women – at the time of death – when they lay a piece of cloth over the woman that describes her shape.”

Asmaa’ responded: “O daughter of the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ; should I not show you something that I saw done in Abyssinia?”

So she called for some palm branches of clover and then after dying it, laid the cloth upon Faatimah. Faatimah exclaimed, “How nice and beautiful! It distinguishes the woman from the man (i.e. it does not describe the body shape). When I die, I want you and ‘Alee to wash me and do not allow anyone else to enter.”

[It was related by Aboo Nu’aym in al-Hilyah and by al-Bayhaqee.]

Now look at Faatimah رضي الله عنها, the daughter of the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ how she disliked and found it shameful that the clothing of the dead woman describes the (dead) woman’s body!

Therefore, there is no doubt that which describes a woman when she is alive is worse and worse! So let the Muslim women of today ponder and think on this. The Muslim women of today who dress up in tight clothing which describes her breasts, her waist, her buttocks, her legs and other body parts. Then (let the women) seek forgiveness of Allaah سبحانه و تعالى and repent to Him.”

[Taken from the book entitled: جلباب المراة المسلمة في الكتاب والسنة – The Jilbâb of the Muslim woman as in the Qur’ân and Sunnah, pg.89. Authored by Al Imâm, Al Mujaddid, Al Muhaddith, ash-Shaykh Al-Albâni]

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Is Wearing Henna Only For Married Women? – Shaikh Abdul-Muhsin al-‘Abbad

⏩ Is Wearing Henna Only For Married Women? – Shaikh Abdul-Muhsin al-‘Abbad
Question : Is using henna specifically for married women? Is this correct?
Answer : “This is not correct as is well known. No doubt women who are married have a need to beautify themselves for their husbands and there is no harm in training the young girls to wear henna. It is not a condition that beautification is only for husbands. Rather a woman can beautify using henna and use henna even if she is not married. As long as it does not lead to harm or fitnah. This is because this (henna) is from the affairs of the women”.
[Sharh Sunan Abi Dawood no. 468]
Translated by
Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan

The importance of knowledge to women.

The importance of knowledge to women.بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم.

أهمية العلم للنساء

The importance of seeking knowledge for women.

And the statement of the Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم: ‘Women are the twin halves of men.’

Section: The obligation of seeking knowledge.

(Qur’an, Ta-Ha 20:114):“And say: My Lord increase me in knowledge.”
(Qur’an, Muhammad 47:19): ‘So know that there is no god save Allah, ask forgiveness for your sins and for the believing men and the believing women. Allah knows well your moving and your place of rest.’
On the authority of Anas Ibn Malik the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said: Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim.
Shaikh Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab At Tamimi said:
Know, may Allah have mercy upon you that it is compulsory upon every Muslim to know these four issues.
1. العلم Al ‘Ilm: “Firstly, the Knowledge.”
2. العمل به Al ‘Amalu Bihi: “and the actions (working) by it.”
3. الدعوة إليه Ad Da’watu Ilaihi: “Calling to it.”
4. الصبرعلى الأذى فيه As Sabru ‘Alaal Adhaa Feehi: “and to have patience with the hardships that come along that path (in the way of da’wah).”

Section: The virtues of seeking knowledge.
(Qur’an, Al-‘Imran 3:18): ‘There is no one worthy of worship but He: That is the witness of Allah, His angels and those endowed with knowledge, Standing firm in Justice (or maintaining His Creation in Justice). There is no god but He, the Exalted in power, the Wise.’
(Qur’an, Al Zumar 39:9): ‘Are those who have knowledge the same as those who don’t have knowledge’.
(Qur’an, Al-Mujadilah 58:11):’Allah will raise up, to (suitable) ranks and (degrees), those of you who believe and who have been granted knowledge. And Allah is well-acquainted with all you do.’
(Qur’an, Fatir 35:28):“It is only those who have knowledge among His servants that fear Allah.”
Meaning: Those who have knowledge of the Book and the Sunnah and act upon this seeking the face of Allah.
It is reported in Saheeh Al Bukhari on the Authority of Mu’aawyah that he heard the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم say: ‘Whomsoever Allah wants good for he makes him understand the religion …’.
And narrated in Saheeh Muslim on the Authority of Abi Hurairah, the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said: ‘Whomsoever proceeds upon the road to seek knowledge Allah will make it easy upon him the road to enter Jannah.’
And Tirmidhi narrated in the Authority of Abi ‘Umamah that the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said: ‘The preference of a scholar over a worshipper is like the preference of myself over all of you.’
It is clear from these verses of the Qur’an and these Ahadeeth of the Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم that a woman does not become one preferred by Allah because she has beauty, wealth or status. Rather, the sign that Allah prefers her over others is understanding and implementation of the religion of Islam. And knowledge of Islam is that which cleanses the heart, makes a person thread upon the road of guidance, raises the person in levels and has the person die upon a state which Allah is pleased with. However, ignorance of the religion with all the beauty, wealth and status one craves and desires, only leads to a road of destruction where one walks upon darkness until one dies in a state that Allah is displeased with. For how many women are amazed with their wealth, status and beauty yet these things do not quench their thirst for happiness and contentment?
Section: The Muslim woman and knowledge
(Qur’an: Ash Shams 91:9)Allah has said: ‘The one who has succeeded has purified it (the self)’.
Narrated in Saheeh Muslim on the authority of Nu’maan Ibn Basheer The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said: ‘Verily there is a morsel of flesh within the body, if it becomes good then the whole body will become good and if it becomes corrupt then it will become corrupt, verily it is the heart.’
It is narrated in Saheeh Al Bukhari on the authority of Abi Burdah that the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said: Three people have two blessings. A man from the people of the book who believes in his Prophet and believes in Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم, and a slave if he gives Allah and his master their rights, and a man who has a female slave, and taught her good manners and did his best in doing so, and taught her knowledge and did his best in teaching her, then frees her and marries her then he has two blessings.’
And it is narrated in Saheeh Al Bukhari the statement of ‘Aisha: How virtuous are the women of the Ansaar, shyness never prevented them from learning their religion.
And it is narrated in Saheeh Al Bukhari that the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم gave a specific day for the women to seek knowledge.
This shows that the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم put great emphasis upon the education of Muslim women in the religion and has shown the immense reward of those who educate their wives and daughters and even their slave girls about the religion. The following sections will clarify to us as to why Islamic education for Muslim women is so important.
Section: The Muslim woman is a Shepherd.
(Qur’an At Tahreem 66:6): ‘Oh ye who believe save yourselves and your families from the fire…’.
The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said: ‘Everyone is a shepherd and everyone of you will be questioned about his flock… and a woman is a shepherd over her husband’s house and she will be questioned about her flock’.
This shows that the Muslim woman in her own right is a leader and hence is responsible for those who are under her authority. And as a shepherd has knowledge of what is beneficial and what is harmful for his sheep, so to the Muslim woman must know what is either beneficial or harmful toward her household and this cannot be attained except through knowledge of the religion. If she doesn’t have any knowledge of Islam she would be unable to teach her children and command them toward doing what is correct and prohibit them from what is reprehensible.
Section: The Muslim woman commands the good and forbids the evil.
(Qur’an Ali Imraan 3:110): ‘You are the best of people taken out of mankind, you command the good and forbid the evil and believe in Allah’.
Narrated in Saheeh Muslim on the authority of Abi Sa’eed Al Khudri the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said: ‘Whomsoever sees an evil then let him change it with his hands, if not let him change it with his tongues, if not let him change it with his heart and this is the weakest of Eeman’.

Narrated in Saheeh Muslim on the authority of Tameem Ad Daari the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said: ‘The religion is advice (3 times)’. The Companions asked: ‘To whom O Messenger of Allah’. He said: ‘To Allah, the Messenger, the Muslim leaders and the rest of the Muslims’.
Advising, commanding the good and forbidding the evil is obligatory upon every Muslim male and female according to their capacity. Hence, she must command the good and forbid the evil with her husband, her children and fellow sisters. If she doesn’t do so she would be questioned for such on the day of reckoning.
Section: The Muslim woman knows her rights
(Qur’an Al Baqarah 2:228): ‘And for them (the women) are rights like that of the men, and the men have been raised above them with one level (in terms of responsibility over them’.
And as narrated in Bukhari’s Saheeh where Salmaan Al Farisee told Abu Darda: ‘Verily your Lord his rights upon you, and verily your body has rights upon you and verily you wife has rights upon you therefore give everyone their rights’.
Shaikh Al Allamah Muhammad Ibn Abdul Qadir Al Hilali said:
Verily Taqleed (blind following) is the worst of the diseases of the heart, for verily the sickness of the body prevents man from movement and action that brings one toward that which is beneficial, and taqleed is a disease of the heart that prevents him from reflection and research and evidences that brings one toward knowing the truth”.
Once a sister knows her rights as a daughter, a wife and a mother according to evidences from the Qur’an and the Sunnah she would neither fall short in giving the rights owed to others nor be abused in terms of her rights. She is not one who is a victim of mental enslavement which is imposed upon them by varying societies, her husband or her father. Rather, in Islam she has to freedom to express views, contemplate and reflect once they are within the bounds of the Qur’an, Sunnah and the consensus of the scholars.
Section: The obedience of a Muslim woman only extends to that which is lawful
The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said: ‘There is no obedience to the creation in disobedience to the creator’.
And he صلى الله عليه و سلم said: ‘Whomsoever pleases the people for the displeasure of Allah, Allah will leave him to the people’.
A Muslim woman therefore has the right to disobey her husband and even her parents if they order her to disobey the laws of Allah. And she must not seek to please her family or her husband for the displeasure of Allah. In this case Allah will leave her to those she has chosen to please (they will not have the specific protection of Allah that he gives to those who are close to him).

Section: Some of the women scholars of the past and present

Umm ‘Abdillaah ‘Aaishah Bint Abee Bakr As Siddiq (رصي الله عنهما). It is well known in the affair of hadeeth that if we look into the books of hadeeth terminology, you will find the different stances. And from that which they mention in the book of the Sahaabah or the ‘ilm of the Sahaabah (رصي الله عنهم), and the mentioning of the sciences that deal with the Sahaabah, it mentions Al Mukthiiroon ‘Alaan Nabiyyi. They mention that the people who have the most narrations on the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه و سلم), and from those who had the most narrations from the Mukthireen ‘Alaan Nabiyyi was ‘Aaishah

Faatimah Bint Al Mundhir (رضي الله عنها). This particular story should be an encouragement for the women. Her husband was Hishaam Ibn ‘Urwah (رصي الله عنهم) who was also a scholar of hadeeth and a narrator. If you look in the biography of Hishaam Ibn ‘Urwah you will find that from his teachers and from those whom he took knowledge from was actually his wife Faatimah Bint Al Mundhir. If you look into the biography of Hishaam, if you look at those whom he narrated from, those who were from his shuyook (shaykh pl.), you will find his wife, Faatimah Bint Al Mundhir

‘Amatul ‘Azeez Al Baghdaadiyyah Thumma Dimashqiyyah (رحمة الله عليها) – Adh Dhahabee said about her, “Aalimatun Fadheelatun,” (she was a noble scholar), and she narrated much upon the nakeer…

Hadiyyah Bint ‘Alee Al Baghdaadiyyah (رحمة الله عليها) – Imaam Adh Dhahabee said that she narrated very much, she was a very poor woman, and a woman of ‘ebaadah. She was read upon (meaning she gave lessons) from the book of Ad Daarimee (رحمه الله تعالى), from his musnad and a number of other books besides it.
The following are examples of women students of knowledge are currently alive.
The righteous Shaykhah Umm ‘Abdillaah ‘Aa’ishah Bint Muqbil Ibn Haadi, Al-Wadi’eeyah (Of Yemen): Shaikh Muqbil said about her: She is one who loves the Sunnah and calls to Allaah upon knowledge and understanding, and is a strong researcher who hates blind following and strives on understanding the proof and acting upon it.
Umm Salama As-Salafiyyah (Of Yemen): Shaikh Muqbil said about her: Umm Salama As-Salafiyyah (and she is a wife of Shaykh Muqbil): An excellent, ascetic caller to Allaah on firm knowledge, and she has excellent character.
Shaykhah Umm Ahmad Salwaa Subki (known as ustaadhah Salwaa) (Of Madinah). She has many tazkiyaat from the ‘ulamaa and a close relation with them – especially the mashaayikh in Riyaadh. She teaches Fathul Majeed fee sharh kitaabit tawheed, jaami’ul ‘uloomi wal hikam (explanation of 40 ahaadeeth an-Nawawiyyah) and al-‘aqeedah al-waasitiyyah
و الله أعلم و صلى الله على نبينا محمد و على اله و صحبه و سل

Compiled by Musa Millington 

The Ruling on Women Buying French, Italian, and American Tailored Clothing – Shaikh Muqbil ibn Haadi al-Wad’iee

The Ruling on Women Buying French, Italian, and American Tailored Clothing – Shaikh Muqbil ibn Haadi al-Wad’iee
Question: The female questioner says: There are some French, Italian, and American clothing [available in the stores]. Is there a sin upon the woman who buys the likes of this clothing knowing that she does not buy except what conceals the body? She does not buy them except due to their beauty and their excellent tailoring and she does not intend to imitate the disbelievers?
Answer: “If it does not describe the body such that it is see through or describes the body because it is tight, then there is no harm in this inshallah. Although I advise that the clothing be tailored by righteous female tailors in order for the clothing to be concealing. We found that some clothing of the women is such that perhaps if she wanted to scratch the lowest part of her stomach, then the clothing is not spacious enough for her hand to enter inside [of it]. In the [likes of these clothing] there is harm even in terms of health. Also, in it is the imitation of the enemies of Islam. And in Allah Aid is sought”
[Anaaqeedul-Kiraamah bi Ajwibah ‘ala Asilatah Nisaa Ahlul Tuhaamah pg. 56]
Translated by
Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan

Abu Sulaymaan

Ruling on teaching women without a barrier | Permanent Committee 

Ruling of teaching Woman without a barrier. 
Q: 
We have many Muslim Circassians here, and they practice many Bid`ahs (innovations in religion). Praise be to Allah, we were allowed to teach them the matters of religion. Is it permissible to teach the girls, especially the adults? What are the conditions for doing so? Can we disregard some Bid`ahs, and advise them to quit them gradually?

A: It is impermissible for a man to teach a woman while she is not wearing the Hijab (veil)
( Part No : 12, Page No: 158)
or in Khulwah (being alone with a member of the opposite sex), even if she is wearing the Hijab. A woman should cover completely in front of an Ajnaby (man lawful for the woman to marry). As for covering the head and revealing the face, this is not complete Hijab. However, there is no harm in teaching a woman from behind a barrier in schools dedicated for women, where there is no mixing between boys and girls, or between male teachers and female students.
You can teach women according to these Shar`y (Islamically lawful) rules, and you shall be greatly rewarded, as teaching people religion and warning them about Bid`ahs and superstitions is one of the best deeds. Whoever guides people to any form of goodness will be rewarded as much as its doer, without it affecting their reward. This is established in the Sahih (authentic) Sunnah. It is reported from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, If anyone calls others to follow right guidance, their reward will be equivalent to those who follow them (in righteousness) without their reward being diminished in any respect; if anyone invites others to follow error, their sin will be equivalent to that of the people who follow them (in sinfulness) without their sins being diminished in any respect. Narrated by Muslim.
It is impermissible for you to disregard Bid`ahs or falsely compliment their doers, but you should advise them wisely and use good preaching,
( Part No : 12, Page No: 159)
not severity. You should follow the best suitable way you see for Da`wah (calling to Islam) to reach them.
May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!
Source
Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’
May Allah protect us from this grave mistake which many people think of being small, only if they were to read and listen to the evils which have occurred due to it.

The Ruling on Women Attending Lectures in the Masjid

It is allowed for women to attend the general lectures given in the masjid.

Shaikh Salih al-Fawzaan hafiduhallah said:

From that, it is permitted for her to attend the Masaajid to participate in the good in terms of the congregational prayer and attending the sittings of remembrance with modesty and holding fast to the precautions that will keep her away from fitnah and preserve her honor” [Mulakhas al-Fiqhi (1/210)].

Shaikh Muqbil rahimahullah mentioned that she can even attend the lessons in the masjid if she is menstruating:

Question: Is it allowed for a woman to attend the sittings of Knowledge and lessons in the masjid?

Answer: “There is no harm inshallah. The Hadith:

إني لا أحل المسجد لحائض ولا جنب

It is not permitted for a menstruating woman or one who is junub (sexually impure) to stay in the mosque [Reported by Abu Dawood no. 232]

is a weak Hadith. The Prophet (ﷺ) said:

إن حيضتك ليست في يدك

Your menstruation is not in your hand [Muslim no. 298]

And he (ﷺ) said:

أفعلي ما يفعل الحاج غير ألا تطوفي في البيت

You should perform all that a pilgrim would do, except circumambulation until you are pure (i.e. performed Ghusl) [Bukhari no. 1650 and Muslim no. 1211]

So there is no harm if she attends the lessons of Knowledge in the Masjid”.

[http://www.muqbel.net/fatwa.php?fatwa_id=3328]

As for an all women’s class in the masjid, then this was not something known in the time of the Salaf. In fact it is an innovation.

Shaikh al-Albani rahimahullah wrote in Saheeha (6/401):
I say: as for what is recently spreading here in Damascus in terms of women frequenting the Masaajid in specific times to hear a lesson from one of them, from what they call the Daa’iyaah (Female caller) as they claim. That is from the newly invented affairs which were not in the time of the Prophet (ﷺ) nor the time of the Salaf. It was only instituted for the pious Scholars to teach them in a specific place as comes in the Hadith [See: Saheeha no. 2680] or in the lesson of the men with a barrier for them in the Masjid if it is possible. Otherwise, the men will overcome them and it is not possible for them to learn knowledge and ask about it.

If there are women today from those who have been given something of knowledge and sound fiqh based on the Book and Sunnah, then there is no harm if she establishes a specific sitting in her house or in one of the women’s house. That is better for them. How not when the Prophet (ﷺ) said regarding the congregational prayer in the Masjid:

بيوتهن خير لهن

Their houses are better for them (for praying) [Saheeh Sunan Abi Dawood no. 567]

If the affair is like this for the prayer which the woman must have etiquette and modesty, so how is knowledge in the house not more deserving? Especially when some of them raise their voices [in the class] and others participate with them [in doing so]. So their is an buzzing that comes from them which is ugly and dispraised. This is what we heard and witnessed unfortunately.

Then we have seen this newly invented matters has spread to some other lands like Oman for example. We ask Allah for protection from every innovation and newly invented matter“.

He also said in his annotation to the Hadith (no. 1999) in Saheeh Targheeb was-Tarheeb (2/442):

…The routes of this Hadith have been mentioned in Saheeha (2680) and I have mentioned there that it is an innovation for a woman to teach in the masjid with women as some do in Damascus and other than it. Our Prophet (ﷺ) spoke the truth when he said:

بيوتهن خير لهن

Their houses are better for them (for praying) [Saheeh Sunan Abi Dawood no. 567]

[Taken from Qamoos al-Bid’ah (pg. 430-431)]

Note: Women who are coming to the masjid must be dressed appropriately according to Islamic regulations. If they are not dressed appropriately, they are not allowed to come to the masjid.

عَنْ عَمْرَةَ بِنْتِ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ، أَنَّهَا سَمِعَتْ عَائِشَةَ، زَوْجَ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم تَقُولُ لَوْ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم رَأَى مَا أَحْدَثَ النِّسَاءُ لَمَنَعَهُنَّ الْمَسْجِدَ كَمَا مُنِعَتْ نِسَاءُ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ ‏.‏ قَالَ فَقُلْتُ لِعَمْرَةَ أَنِسَاءُ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ مُنِعْنَ الْمَسْجِدَ قَالَتْ نَعَمْ

Amra, daughter of Abd al-Rahmin, reported:
I heard ‘A’isha, the wife of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). say: If the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) had seen what new things the women have introduced (in their way of life) he would have definitely prevented them from going to the mosque, as the women of Bani Isra’il were prevented [Muslim no. 445]

Imam Shawkaani rahimahullah said:

It occurs from the aforementioned Ahaadith in this chapter that the permission given to the women from the men to go to the masjid is only if there is not along with their going out anything that calls to fitnah in terms of perfume, jewelry or any adornment, which is obligatory upon the men. It is not obligatory [for her to go] with the presence of what calls to fitnah nor is it allowed. It is prohibited for them to go out due to his (ﷺ) statement:

فلا تشهدن

“…let her not attend…” [Muslim no. 444]

[Nayl al-Awtaar (3/161)]

Imam Sa’adi rahimahullah said:

…If they come out in adornment, perfume, and good form, then it is prohibited for them to come out and it is obligatory upon her guardian, the Islamic ruler, and whoever has ability to prevent her from coming to do so. This is because if she is safe from temptations herself, then she will tempt the people. So whoever sees her and is tempted or follows her with his eyes, then his sinful and she is also sinful because she is the cause. Also, the one who it is obligatory to prevent her from coming is also sinful [for not doing so] and in Allah aid is sought” [Ta’leeqaat ‘ala Umdahtul-Ahkaam pg. 94]

And Allah knows best
Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan

What a muslimah can reveal in front of other women | Standing Committee

The Standing Committee for Academic Research and Issuing Fatwas issued a statement on this matter, which reads as follows: 

Praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the Worlds, and blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad, and upon all his family and companions.

The believing women at the beginning of Islam were extremely pure, chaste, and modest, which was the blessing of belief in Allaah and His Messenger and following the Qur’aan and Sunnah. Women at that time used to wear concealing garments, and it is not known that they used to uncover themselves when they met one another or when they met their mahrams. The women of this ummah followed this mode of behaviour – praise be to Allaah – generation after generation until recently, when corruption and impropriety entered the way women dress and behave for many reasons, which we do not have room to discuss here.

Because of the large number of questions that have been sent to the Standing Committee for Academic Research and Issuing Fatwas about women looking at women, and what women should wear, the Committee is telling all Muslim women that women are obliged to have an attitude of modesty, which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) described as being part of faith and one of the branches of faith. One aspect of the modesty which is enjoined by Islam and by custom is that women should cover themselves, be modest and adopt an attitude and conduct that will keep her far away from falling into fitnah (temptation) and doubtful situations.

The Qur’aan clearly indicates that a woman should not show to other women anything other than that which she shows to her mahrams, that which she customarily uncovers in her own home and when doing housework, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“…and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husband’s fathers, or their sons, or their husband’s sons, or their brothers or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e. their sisters in Islam)…”

[al-Noor 24:31]

If this is the text of the Qur’aan and this is what is indicated by the Sunnah, then this is what the wives of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and the womenfolk of the Sahaabah used to do, and the women of the ummah who followed them in truth until the present day. What was usually uncovered in front of the people mentioned in this verse is what women usually uncover when they are at home and when doing housework, which is difficult to avoid, such as uncovering the head, hands, neck and feet.

With regard to going to extremes in uncovering, there is no evidence in the Qur’aan and Sunnah that this is permissible. This is also the way that leads to a woman tempting or being tempted by other women, which happens among them. It also sets a bad example to other women, as well as being an imitation of kaafir women, prostitutes and immoral women in the way they dress. It was proven that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” Narrated by Imam Ahmad and Abu Dawood. In Saheeh Muslim (2077) it is narrated from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) saw him wearing two garments dyed with safflower, and he said, “These are from the clothing of the kuffaar – do not wear them.”

It is also narrated in Saheeh Muslim (2128) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There are two types of the people of Hell whom I have not seen: people with whips like the tails of cattle, with which they beat the people, and women who are clothed yet naked, misguided and leading others astray, with their heads like the humps of camels, leaning to one side. They will not enter Paradise or even smell its fragrance, although its fragrance may be detected from such and such a distance.”

The meaning of the phrase “clothed yet naked” is that the woman is wearing clothes that do not cover her, so she is clothed, but in fact she is naked, such as when she wears a thin dress that shows the colour of her skin, or a dress that shows the outline of her body, or a short dress that does not cover part of her limbs.

So what Muslim women have to do is to adhere to the guidance followed by the Mothers of the Believers (the Prophet’s wives) and the womenfolk of the Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them), and the women of this ummah who followed them in truth, and strive to cover themselves and be modest. This is farthest removed from the causes of fitnah and will protect them from the things that lead to provocation of desires and falling into immorality.

Muslim women must also beware of falling into that which Allaah and His Messenger have forbidden of imitating kaafir women and prostitutes, in obedience to Allaah and His Messenger, and in the hope of attaining the reward of Allaah, and for fear of His punishment.

Every Muslim must also fear Allaah with regard to the women who are under his care, and not let them wear things that Allaah and His Messenger have forbidden, such as provocative clothes, or clothes that are revealing or tempting. He should remember that he is a shepherd and will be responsible for his flock on the Day of Resurrection.

We ask Allaah to set the Muslims’ affairs straight, and to guide us all to the straight path, for He is All-Hearing, Ever-Near and Ever Responsive. May Allaah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon his family and companions.

Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 17/290 

It also says in Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah (17/297): 

What a woman is permitted to uncover in front of her children is that which is customarily uncovered, such as the face, hands, forearms, feet and so on.

And Allaah knows best.