Question: Assalamu ‘alaykum. I want to ask if girls can have a girl’s parties and sleepovers, where there are only girls and they can wear clothes that they do not wear in front of anyone like shorts, sleeveless, etc?
Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.
I pray you are well
Yes, it is permissible for girls to have such parties, provided the activities are wholesome and not immoral. It is also permissible for them to dress in a more relaxed manner, as long as their ‘awra is covered.
The ‘awra for Muslim ladies in front of each other in the area between the navel and the knees. They cannot be shown – except in cases of necessity like medical treatment. Not only that, but clothing that is skin tight cannot be worn if it shows the outline of the ‘awra to others who are not permitted to see it. [Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]
Please refer to this detailed answer on the topic of ‘awra.
Sing Praises Of Allah and His Messenger
If these impermissible elements are not present then such parties are permissible. Use such events to teach them to bond with religious activities. Singing is wholesome, therapeutic, and an excellent way to bond with others. Encourage them to sing one of the many beautiful poems in praise of Allah and His Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace). It will nourish their souls and develop their religious identities.
May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.