As salaamualaikum

Respected Ulama Panel

Kindly advise on the following matter:

Is a lady allowed to not wear scarf in front of another lady? For example, in a wedding which is completely separate, if ladies take out their scarf in front of other ladies, is it allowed or not?


Bismihi Ta‘ala

Respected Sister

Wa ‘alaikumus salaam warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh

There are many things which essentially may be permissible but other associated factors may render it undesirable or even completely impermissible. For instance to wear shoes is permissible and in fact encouraged. However if it is a male shoe, it will be impermissible for a female to wear it or vice versa.

Having understood the above, in principle it is permissible for a woman to have her head uncovered in the presence of another Muslim female. However, the question is: Why do women who come covered to some ladies gathering or function, now wish to remove the scarf and expose the hair? Is it due to the heat? Then why is it done in air conditioned rooms and in peak winter as well? Why is it only done when ladies have gathered at functions and not if a female went suddenly to visit some ill person, etc? In the latter situation she would not have had her hair done up or made up in some design. Thus it is kept covered. In functions they come with fancy hair-dos and wish to show it off. Such special adornment is to be adopted for the husband, not to show off among other people. Allah Ta‘ala detests anybody showing off. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has expressly forbidden boasting.

The above aspect alone is severe enough to render the practice in question as un-Islamic. A Muslim does not indulge in un-Islamic acts. Therefore this practice should be totally refrained from.

Together with the above, in many instances, there is still a possibility of some man looking at one. How many times doesn’t it happen, that although there is complete segregation, a man slips away into the ladies section? The present day photography craze poses another great danger, since there are many reports of women taking photos of other women, and then showing these photos to their male relatives, or even using them as profile pictures, allowing everyone to see. May Allah Ta‘ala save us, aameen.

8 Rabee‘ul Awwal 1434 / 20 January 2013

Answered by:

Uswatul Muslimah Panel of Ulama