The Awrah & How A Muslim Women Should Cover Her Body Around Others


What is the awrah?

The part of the body that is private and should be concealed from view.

What is the women’s awrah?

The awrah of a woman, which is different than that of a man, differs depending upon in whose company she is in:

-With Her Husband

There is no awrah between a man and his wife. (SalafiTalk Forum)

-With Muslim Women

Read: On the Awrah of a Muslim Woman To Other Muslim Women (Salafi Publications-PDF)) 

-With Her “Mahrams” (uncles and her brothers)

She is allowed to show to her Mahrams: her face, head, neck, hands, arms, feet, shanks (the part of the lower limb between the knee and the ankle), and she should cover everything else other then that.

-With Non Muslims

This is discussed in (24:31) of the Quraan:

“And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts) and not to show off their adornment except that which is apparent (like both eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer palms of hands or one eye or dress like veil, gloves, headcover, apron), and to draw their veils all over Juyûbihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husband's fathers, or their sons, or their husband's sons, or their brothers or their brother's sons, or their sister's sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e. their sisters in Islâm), or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigour, or small children who have no sense of feminine sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allâh to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful.”   (Suratun Nur: 31)

You can find a lesson on the Awrah of men and women my
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13 lessons on Islamic dress:

Unit Outline:
Lesson 1: Why Do We Wear Clothes?
Lesson 2: Keep It Simple
Lesson 3: Cover Up (Awrah)
Lesson 4: Keep it Loose
Lesson 5: Too Much of a Good Thing
Lesson 6: Clothes Resembling the Kuffar
Lesson 7: Hey fella....I mean ma'am?
Lesson 8: No pants?
Lesson 9: Do your garments hang low?
Lesson 10: What's that on your clothes?
Lesson 11: On Your Feet
Lesson 12: Hey Sister! (The Hijab)
Lesson 13: Alhamdulillah for Clothes

Includes duaas for wearing new clothes and clothes in general


“There is a phenomenon with some women, wearing short and tight dresses which expose their features and dresses without sleeves exposing the chest and back, appearing almost naked. When we advise them, they say that they do not wear such clothes except in the presence of other women and that the ‘awrah [1] of the woman in front of other women is from the navel to the knee. What is the ruling regarding this, and what is the ruling regarding wearing these types of clothes in front of mahrams [2]? May Allaah (subhannahu wa ta’ala) reward you abundantly on behalf of the Muslims and Muslimat and magnify your reward.”

Click "View on Web" to read the response from Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah)

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