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The awrah of the Muslim woman amongst Muslim women
Compiled By: Abu Aqeela
Allah subhaanahu wa ta aala says in in His Book: ...and not to reveal their adornments except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband's fathers, their sons, their husband's sons, their brothers or their brother's sons, or their sister's sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e. their sisters in Islaam), or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigour, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allaah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful. Suratun-Nur 31

The question however now arises in regards to the type of clothing worn in these situations from that which is suitable and allowed.

In this regard several questions were asked to Shaykh Saalih ibn Foazaan ibn Abdullah al Foazaan (May Allah preserve him).

Many women hold an opinion regarding the awrah of a woman infront of another woman is that which is between the navel and the knee. So some of them do not hesitate to wear clothing that very tight or open revealing large portions of the chest and arms. What do you say concerning them?

What is required from the Muslim women is modesty and shyness, and that she should be a good example to her Muslim sisters, and she should not expose to them except that which is considered normal/befitting for/of righteous Muslim women to show amongst themselves. This is what is initially upon them and is safest for indeed being inattentive and laxed in exposing that which there is no need to expose could lead to further inattentiveness' and carelessness hence leading to that which is forbidden. wa Allahu aalum (and Allah knows best) [1]

Does a woman wearing tight clothes infront of other women come under the hadeeth ((...women who will be clothed yet naked...))?

There is no doubt that the wearing of tight clothes which reveal the alluring parts of the body is something not permissible, not permissible except for wearing it for her husband only. As for infront of other than her husband then it is not permissible. Even if there is only women present because she will represent as a bad example for them. When they see her doing so they may follow her in it. Also she has been ordered to cover her awrah with that which is loose and a be covered in front of everyone except her husband. So she covers her awrah in front of other women as she does in front of men except that which is considered normal and befitting of her to show amongst other women like the face, hands, feet and that which there is a need to uncover/reveal. .[2]

What is the ruling concerning the wearing of clothes which are see thru or tight to the extent that it reveals her bodily parts?

It is obligatory upon the women that their clothing is not of the likes that it is so thin that the colour of the skin may be seen thru it, neither that it is so tight as to reveal the shape of her bodily parts this is because the Prophet (saw) said: ((Two types of people from the inhabitants of hellfire i have not yet seen: Women covered yet uncovered when they walk they swing their sides/hips, upon their heads resemble the humps of camels they will not enter al jannah nor will they find its scent, and men who have with them whips resembling the tails of cows with them they beat the slave of Allah))[3]

Shaykh ul Islaam ibn Taimiya - may Allah have mercy upon him- in Maj'moo al fataawaa says regarding the statement of the messenger (saws) ((...covered but uncovered...)) means the wearing of clothes that does not cover her so she is clothed but in reality she is naked, like the woman who wears clothing which is thin so as to show her skin or clothing which is tight which clings revealing her bodily parts for example her posterior or the thigh or the likes. Truly the clothing of a woman is that which covers her not showing the shape of her limbs or more than that because it is that which is loose and non transparent. [ 4]

1 al muntaqaa min fataawa vol.3 p307 #453
2 al muntaqaa min fataawa vol.3 p307 #454
3 please refer to an english translation of saheeh muslim for a more precise translation of the hadeeth.
4 al fataawa al jaamatu li Imra'atul muslima vol.3 p845 #763.

And whoever contradicts and opposes the Messenger (Muhammad, Peace Be Upon Him) after the right path has been shown clearly to him, and follows other than the believers' (Ummah/Sahaba) ways.  We shall keep him in the path he has chosen, and burn him in Hell - what an evil destination.  (Surah An-Nisaa 4:115)
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