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Women’s voice awrah

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_ 1. Is a woman’s voice her awrah? Can a woman speak with non-mahram men?
2. I have read the Ayesha(R.A) when communicating with non-mahrams  would place her finger into her mouth to alter her voice. Should this be practised by Muslim sisters?

Answer:

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

_ Without necessity, it is not permissible for a woman to communicate with a non-mahram man. However, if there is some necessity to do so, it will be permissible provided that the communication is restricted to what is necessary and that the woman does not use an alluring and tempting voice. It is not necessary to place one’s finger in the mouth when speaking to a non-mahram man due to necessity. (See: Ahsanul Fatawa: 8/40)

And Allah knows best.

Mufti Faizal Riza
30/11/2011

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