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Question & Answer » Modest Dress

1 Question: Can we make a movie and photographs with namehrams without hijab and mixed gatherings?
Answer: It is not permissible as a measure of precaution.
2 Question: I am a married man and live in a joint family system; my father, mother, grand father, my younger brother and my uncle live in my house; how about my wife's hijab in such a situation?
Answer: Your wife is Mahram to your father and grandfather only (and not to your uncle or brother).
3 Question: Are girls and women allowed to wear black coat and scarf all year round, even when it's not Muharram?
Answer: It is permissible.
4 Question: What are the minimum requirements of Hijab (Islamic modest dress) for a Muslim woman?
Answer: Woman should conceal her body and hair from a man who is non-Mahram, and as an obligatory precaution, she should conceal herself even from a Na-baligh boy who is able to discern between good and evil, and could probably be sexually excited. But she can leave her face and hands upto wrists uncovered in the presence of Na-Mahram, as long as it does not lead him to casting a sinful, evil glance or her to doing something forbidden; for in both these cases, she must cover them.
5 Question: Can I remove my Hijab in time of danger?
Answer: f there is a real danger threatening you because of your Islamic dress, you can remove it only to the necessary extent.
6 Question: What is the best modest dress according to Islamic laws?
Answer: In the present time, the context of hijab is the modest covering of a Muslim woman. A woman should not show her beauty or adornments except what appears by uncontrolled factors such as the wind blowing her clothes, and the head covers should be drawn so as to cover the hair, the neck and the bosom. Islam has no fixed standard as to the style of dress or type of clothing that Muslims must wear.
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