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Women’s clothing and ‘awrah

Fatwaa ID: 1714

Assalaamu ‘Alaikum Warahmatullaahi Wabarakaatuh

Is it appropriate clothing for women to wear when the shape of their bodies is showing? For example their bosom, or their buttocks. Also what if their forearms are showing or neck and collarbone. What should these women do and what should they wear, if such clothing isn’t appropriate?

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

  1. Men and women must wear modest clothes that are loose and opaque, such that the exact figure of the body is not discernible. Wearing tight clothes that reveal the exact form or figure in public is haraam.
  2. The forearms of a woman, her neck and her collarbone are from her ‘awrah. They must be covered in the presence of non-mahrams. It is not permissible for her to uncover these parts. There is gross negligence in this nowadays. It should be remembered that to expose any part of the ‘awrah to non-mahrams is a major sin.
  3. They must wear modest clothes that loosely cover the entire body besides the ‘awrah.

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

02/20/1445 AH – 09/06/2023 CE | AMG1-3426

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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