Wearing saree

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Is it permissible for woman to wear saree (traditional Asian dress)? What if she fully covers her body with it?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Maulana Yusuf Ludhyanawi (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) writes:

If saree is worn in such a way that the entire body is covered, then there is nothing wrong with this. However, these days hardly one out of a thousand women wears saree in this manner, covering her entire body. As it is not possible to observe Shar’i pardah (hijaab) wearing saree, it will not be permissible for a woman to leave her home wearing just saree. (Aap Ke Masaa’il aur Un Ka Hal: 7/143) (Also see: Kitab al-Fatawa: 6/91)

And Allah knows best.

Mufti Faizal Riza

This answer was collected from, which is connected to Darul Ifta Australia, based in Melbourne, Australia.
It is operated by Mufti Faizal Riza, a student of Mufti Ebrahim Desai from South Africa.

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