Hijab

Hijab between Sister-in-law and Son

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Q: Is there Pardah (hijab) between my brother's wife and my son?

A:
Yes, there is. They are not blood relatives.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Stepfather as Mahram

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Q:  My sister remarried, her daughter is now 3. Can her husband (daughter's step father) be a mahram to her once she is baaligh?

A:
The daughters of the woman he married are his stepdaughters. He is their Mahram, so when they becomes Baaligh, the law of Hijaab will not apply fully. This means that they may come in front of him and speak to him, but they must not travel together without their mother, nor should the girl be alone with the stepfather, unless such a situation arises through circumstances beyond their control.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Mufti Siraj Desai

Uncle Hugging Wife

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Q: Is it permissible for my wife's uncle to hug my wife? Her uncle is her mother's sister's husband and has no other connection to the family.

A:
They are not Mahram to each other so it is not permissible for them to touch each other. Hijaab between them is compulsory. Advise them with kindness.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Hugging Sister in Law

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Q: Is it haraam (forbidden) for my husband to hug his sister in law?

A:
Yes, this is completely forbidden. If he is doing this, he must stop immediately.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Being a Mahram at 16

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Q: Can I be a Mahram if I'm 16 and I've hit puberty?

A:
Yes you can if you can also be responsible enough to take care of the ladies that you are Mahram for.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Staying with Sister and Brother in Law

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Q: I am visiting my younger sister in UK, and staying in her house for 2 months. She has had a baby and asked me to come over for domestic help. I wear a jilbaab and hijaab (cloak and veil). Is it obligatory for me to observe pardah in front of my brother in law? If yes, to what extent should I cover myself?

A:
Full pardah should be adopted in his presence. It is best that you cover fully when he in front of him.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Wearing a Cloak

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Q: Does a lady have to wear an abaaya (cloak) or can you just wear loose clothing? It doesn't say anywhere in Quran or hadeeth to wear a abaaya; it just says wear loose clothing, so what is right? Also can you wear a suit to work (females) with a scarf and are you allowed to become an air hostess?

A: Loose fitting clothes will be okay. Loose fitting means that it must not show out the shape and features of the body in any way. This is usually achieved by an Abaaya. Therefore the Abaaya has become a common mode of attire.

A suit will show out the shape of the body.

Air hostess have to deal with male passengers and travel without a Mahram, thus not permissible.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

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