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Question & Answer » Hijab (Islamic Dress)

1 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. If one wears other than the Abaya, then it should cover the mentioned areas, and with that said a Muslim woman should prefer to choose wearing an Abaya (Chador).
2 Question: Can I remove my Hijab in time of danger?
Answer: If there is a real danger threatening you because of your Islamic dress, you can remove it only to the necessary extent, and if one can move to an area where they can wear the Hijab, they should move there.
3 Question: From who must a Muslim woman wear Hijab (Islamic dress code)?
Answer: Woman should conceal all her body (including arms and legs) 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.
4 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, and must observe Hijab from them (your uncle and brother).
5 Question: Is the chin obligatory to be covered as a form of Hijab, or is it part of the face, and not obligatory to be covered?
Answer: When the woman wears Hijab, usually her head, neck and body is covered, including the chin and some extra area, this part is not compulsory to cover.
6 Question: Can a woman wear a wig and show the wig hair (synthetic or natural hair) to a non-Mahram?
Answer: It must be covered
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