Working with women co-workers

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Q: I work with Muslim females in a Muslim company. Some females wear niqaab. Is it correct for females my age and/or younger to make salaam to me and ask me how I am? Will I be sinning if I do not reply to their salaam and do not initiate salaam to them. Will I be correct Islamically, to just say what I have to, to them (like issuing instructions relating to work) and not greet them or engage in chit  chat. I generally look down and talk to them, but even the ladies with niqaab tend to stare me in the eyes, and when they see I am trying to not make eye contact, they stare even harder waiting for a reaction from me. When a woman wears niqaab and generally any muslim woman is she allowed to look at men in their eyes/faces?


A: Avoid them totally. Refuse speaking to them and tell them that this is not the right conduct at work.

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


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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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