Does a Woman Have to Wear a Hijab around Male Staff in Her Home?

Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad


If a Muslim family is wealthy enough to hire domestic staff and some of them are male, are the women required to wear hijab in their staff’s presence? It seems it would be impractical and a hardship to always have to wear hijab in your own home.


Thank you for your question. It is not permissible for a woman to uncover anything but her face and hands around male domestic staff/servants. A family would do better to hire women for domestic work, so the women can be more comfortable.

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[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria, for two years, where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, tafsir, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin and completed her Master’s in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan, where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She later moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.