Shaking hands with female relatives

Question: Some men shake hands with female relatives who they are not mahrams for, rather because they are relatives or neighbours. What is the ruling for that? And is it sufficient for the women to place a piece of material on their hands intending to cover it? Answer: It is not permissible for a man …

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The hijaab of an elderly woman

Question: Is it allowed for a woman advanced in age, say 70 or 90 years old, to uncover her face in front of relatives who are not mahram? Answer: Allaah says: {And as for women past child-bearing who do not expect marriage, it is no sin upon them if they discard their (outer) clothing in …

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The hijaab of a young girl

Question: What is the ruling concerning the young girls who have not reached the age of puberty? Is it allowed for them to go out without covering themselves? Can they pray without wearing a head covering? Answer: It is a must that their guardians bring them up and teach them the manners of Islaam. They …

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A Muslim woman does not wear hijaab in front of non-Muslim women

Question: We have non-Muslim female servants in our house. Is it obligatory upon us to wear hijaab in front of them? Is it allowed for me to give them my clothes to wash and then I pray in them? Is it allowed for me to explain the falsehood of their religion to them and to …

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Ruling on initiating the greeting of salaam with Jews and Christians, and how to push them to the narrowest part of the road

Question: According to a hadeeth narrated by Imaam Muslim in his Saheeh from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him), the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Do not initiate the greeting of salaam with the Jews and Christians, and if you meet one of them on the …

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Ruling on women plucking or trimming their eyebrows

Question: Some women go to beauticians who style their eyebrows by shaving or trimming their edges. What is the ruling on this? Answer: Praise be to Allaah. Shaping the eyebrows by trimming, shaving or plucking their edges in order to appear beautiful, as is done by some women nowadays, is haraam because it involves changing …

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What is the ruling on girls corresponding with boys?

Question: Many young girls correspond with boys, and they write in their letters things that I would not dare to write or mention to you. This phenomenon is widespread in this society. Hence we earnestly hope that you can do us the favour of writing to us a letter in which you tell us the …

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The ruling on mixing with women with the claim of having a blameless intention

Question: We have a bad custom, which is the mixing of men with women. The reason is that we work with them in many occupations and look at them, and they do their work without their faces being veiled. We say that our intention is blameless, so someone of us will look at the face …

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Does the prohibition on isbaal include women too?

Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz said: The point is that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) explained all that is good and called us to all that is good, and he warned us against all that is evil. He (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whatever of the …

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