What part of the body must be covered in front of non-muslim women

Question:

As salaamu ’alaykum,

Am I allowed to show my hair, hands, feet, calves, neck and ears to my sisters, mother, grandmother, cousins, aunts who are Muslim but not fully practicing Muslims (for example, they don't read all of their Salah).
Which women am I allowed to uncover my hijab in front of?

 

Answer:

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما

Wa ‘alaykum as salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh,

 It is truly commendable that one have concern for preserving their modesty amongst the people around them. Allah says in the Qur’an,

And tell the believing women that they must lower their gazes and guard their private parts, and must not expose their adornment, except that which appears thereof, and must wrap their bosoms with their shawls, and must not expose their adornment, except to their husbands or their fathers or the fathers of their husbands, or to their sons or the sons of their husbands, or to their brothers or the sons of their brothers or the sons of their sisters, or to their women, or to those owned by their right hands, or male attendants having no (sexual) urge, or to the children who are not yet conscious of the shames of women. And let them not stamp their feet in a way that the adornment they conceal is known. And repent to Allah O believers, all of you, so that you may achieve success. [Surah Noor: 31]

It is incumbent upon Muslim women to observe hijab, such that their satr may not be revealed. However, there are certain types of people, as mentioned in the ayah above, in front of whom Muslim women do not have to fully observe the Hijab. Amongst this group of individuals is their (own) women, meaning other believing women. Thus it would be permissible for you to show yourself in the manner you have described in front of your female Muslim relatives.

At the same time you should also consider that if there is a strong possibility that some of these women may describe your physical characteristics in front of men, then it would be better to maintain some form of covering in front of them as well.

And Allah knows best.

والله اعلم

And Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala knows best.

Waqas Memon

Approved by Mufti Husain Ahmad Madani