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Women Removing Their Clothes in Other Than Their Husband’s House

Imām Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn

A brief reminder on the danger of women removing their clothing in places where they can be walked in on.

On the Authority of ʿĀʾishah (رضي الله عنه) that some women from Ḥoms sought permission to enter upon her, and she replied: “Perhaps you are from those who enter the bathhouses. I heard the Messenger of Allāh (صلى الله عليه وسلم) say: ‘Any woman who removes her clothes in other than her husband’s house has torn the screen between her and Allāh'”. [Graded ṣaḥīḥ by al-Albānī in his ṣaḥīḥ of sunan ibn Mājah.]

Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn comments: “If this Ḥadīth is authentic — that any woman who removes her clothes in other than her husband’s house has torn the screen—then it means that she removes her clothes in a situation where it is feared someone unlawful can enter upon her.”

Source: Fatāwá Nūr ʿalā al-Darb, Shurūh al-ʾAhādīth wa-al-Ḥukm ʿAlayhā.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī

Published: December 9, 2016
Edited: September 15, 2023

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