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Hijaab in front of a transgender

Fatwaa ID: 1120

Asalamu’alaikum muftti, a classmate asked me if a girl can take off her hijab in front of someone who identifies as transgender. Is this permissible?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

In principle, a woman must cover her body in front of non-mahrams and non-Muslims. It is not permissible for a Muslim woman to expose or uncover her head, hair or body in general to a non-Muslim woman. As for a person who unfortunately identifies as a transgender, Muslim or otherwise, while we regard them to be their original gender, the laws of hijaab with them will be stricter. The laws of hijaab with a male and a female will be applicable with them. Accordingly, it will not be permissible for a Muslim to take off her hijaab in front of such a person. May Allaah Ta’aala guide them.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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