Women wearing attractive clothing when leaving the home

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Q: Is it permissible for women to wear Cardigans over their abayas. These cardigans have floral designs? I told my wife that this is not allowed because its attractive. She said some of her teachers in the Madrasah said it is permissible. I have increased my Mujahada and Duaa in trying to reform my wife. But these Scholars now a days cut off my legs. Mufti Saab say my wife is insisting in wearing these floral cardigans which are attractive in nature with her abaya and stuff and I say no to her she listens but then she gets upset and nags with me. She will remain sad the whole day. Should I not give in? I want to deal with her in kindness but not at the cost of breaking the commands of Allah Ta’ala. Please explain to me in detail. 


A: We suggest that in the interest of modesty and shame this should be under the abaya, unless it is just a female only area.

Start off taleem at home and with love and wisdom encourage her to the right. Don’t be harsh.

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


Answered by:

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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