Q: We are Hanafi and I want to know about steam-bath with mahrams. My physician strictly advise me to take steam-bath 20 minutes regularly. Today I joined the gym with my brother for steam-bath. In my mind that I will sit in steam-room in complete dress with my brother but the instructor told us that we have to sit with wrapped towel (from chest to knee). Today I wrapped the towel and sit at steam-room with my brother. During steam-bath I was thinking about “Is this permissible in Islam?” that wearing towel from chest to knee in front of brother in steam-room. So when I reached home I was searching about this ARWAH/SATAR of women in front of Mahrams. from many Islamic sites I found the material about the ARWAH of women in front of Mahrams. On those site it was written that “ARWAH OF WOMEN IN FRONT OF MAHRAMS FROM NAVAL TO KNEE”. If the mahrams see their woman other parts like face, hands, feet, hair and chest, these parts are not HARAM or there is no sin in this case It want to ask it is true and can I go to steam-bath with my brother? Because it is necessary for me or if it is wrong then I will leave the gym. I waiting for your positive answer.
A: Women should not leave their homes for such reasons, and to get into a bath is even worse.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.