Can a Woman Uncover Below the Ankle Area In Front of a Non-Mahram Woman?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


Can a Woman Uncover Below the Ankle Area In Front of a Non-Mahram Woman?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are in good faith and health. Thank you for your question.

It is permissible for a woman to leave her feet uncovered in the prayer and outside the prayer.  And it is obligatory, according to other Sunni schools, such as the Shafi`is, that they are parts of the body that must be covered

However, caution is to cover the feet because it is obligatory, according to other Sunni schools. See the links below in detail.

[Ibn ʿAbidin, Radd al-Muhtar; Khusro, Durar al-Hukkam; Ibn Maza al-Bukhari, Al-Muhit al-Burhani]

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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
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Mawlana Ilyas Patel has received traditional education in various countries. He started his schooling in the UK and completed his hifz of the Quran in India. After that, he joined an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied secular and Aalimiyya sciences. Later, he traveled to Karachi, Pakistan, and other Middle Eastern countries to further his education. Mawlana has served as an Imam in the Republic of Ireland for several years and taught the Quran and other Islamic sciences to both children and adults. He also worked as a teacher and librarian at a local Islamic seminary in the UK for 12 years. Presently, he lives in the UK with his wife and is interested in books and gardening.