Awrah of a woman

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  1. What is the awrah of women in front of mahram and non-mahram ?
  2. Sleevless clothes and clothes that expose the chest are allowed to wear in front of mahrams?



  1. Besides her face, hands till the wrist and feet, her entire body is awrah in front of na mahrams. In this age and time due to the abundant fitnah prevalent, it is compulsory for women to cover their faces before na mahrams. 
  2. It is impermissible for a woman to expose her stomach and her back in front of mahrams as well as the area between the navel till the knee (including the knee).

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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