Observing purda with non-mahrams within the home

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Q: Can my wife stay with me at a home where my brothers and sisters also stay? What does Islam says about it?


A: It is permissible to live together. However purda should be observed within the home with all non-mahrams. The manner in which purda will be observed is that men and women of the home will eat separately. To avoid suspicion and doubts entering the minds, the non-mahram men of the home should avoid entering the private rooms of the women. As far as the common rooms of the home are concerned e.g. lounge, dining room, kitchen, etc., then it is permissible for all enter, however at the time when women are present in the room, then the non-mahram men of the home should avoid entering the room at that time and vice versa.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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