Observing purda with one’s sister in-law

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Muftionline.co.za

Q: I am a Muslim sister who wears hijab and I try my best to practise my faith in the best way I can. I am married but due to circumstances surrounding our jobs, we are currently living apart but meet nearly every month for a week or so the situation will get better I am keeping sabr. My husband lives with his mother, sister, brother and brothers wife, in Dubai they are practising Muslims. My husband being the active and more free of others after with often takes his sister mother and mother in law out to places like dinner, dessert etc they all talk and enjoy each other’s company. From my heart I feel that it isn’t right for him to take his sister in law. My brother in law keeps to his friends and doesn’t take his wife out they had an arranged marriage and have one child but don’t seem to be in love like my husband and I are. I would like to know whether I stand correct to inform my husband to stop taking sister in law out even with family. My sister in law is younger then me and is rather attractive, she does have nice aklaaq but I just don’t feel it’s safe whilst I live away from him. Please let me know of your response.


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A: He is supposed to observe strict purda with his sister in-law.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)


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