How Should Muslim Women Dress in the West? [Video]

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: Assalamu alaykum

How should Muslim women dress in the West?

Answer:  Wa’leykum Salam,

Here is a video answer by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani to this question:

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani is a scholar and researcher of Islamic law and Executive Director of SeekersHub Global After ten years overseas, Shaykh Faraz returned to Canada in the Summer of 2007. In May 2008 he founded SeekersHub Global to deal with the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge—both online and on the ground—in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He has been repeatedly listed as one of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims (The Muslim500).

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Will I Remember All My Husbands in Paradise?

Answered by Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan

Question: Assalam alaykum,

If a woman was married more than one times, will she remember all of her husbands in paradise?

It is said that women will be virgins while having been married previously in paradise.

Answer: Wa alaykum salam

May Allah reward you for your question.

It is established in the Quran and Sunnah that the inhabitants of Jannah will recollect the days of this world. Imam al-Qurtibi when commenting on the verse, “The Day when man will remember that for which he strove,” [79:35] said,

“[He will remember] all his actions, bad and good. It has been narrated in reports and the books of Quranic exegesis that the the dwellers of Jannah will recollect their states and how difficult and challenging things were in this world. They would then thank and praise Allah for the comfort they have been given. As Allah says, “And they will approach one another, inquiring of each other.” [37:50]

Al-Bayhaqi narrated from Mu’adh ibn Jabal radiyaLlahu ‘anhu that Prophet sallaLlahu alayhi wasallam said, “The people of Jannah will only experience sadness for moments that has passed in this world wherein they have not remembered Allah.”

Further, one of the three positions the scholars have taken with regards to a lady whose husband passed on before her and she subsequently remarried, says (1) that she will be given the option to select which husband she wishes to be with in Jannah. The other two positions says (2) that she will be with the husband that had the most beautiful character and (3) that she will be with her last husband – the third position being the most preponderant.

All of the above clearly alludes to the fact that she will remember all of her husbands, and Allah knows best.

Finally, the Hadith you have referred to regarding deflowered women returning to virgins, in no way indicates loss of memory. The Hadith, as transmitted by ibn Hibban on the authority of Abu Hurayrah radiyaLlahu anhu, reads, “The Prophet sallaLlahu alayhi wasallam was asked, “will we have sexual relations in Jannah?” He sallaLlahu alayhi wasallam replied, “Yes, by the One in whose hands my soul lies … and when they have completed, she will stand up with her virginity restored and in a state of purity.”” Thus the narration speaks of honor and increased ecstasy and in no way suggest memory loss of spouses of this temporary world.

And Allah knows best

[Shaykh] Abdurragmaan Khan

Shaykh Abdurragmaan
received ijazah ’ammah from various luminaries, including but not restricted to: Habib Umar ibn Hafiz—a personality who affected him greatly and who has changed his relationship with Allah, Maulana Yusuf Karaan—the former Mufti of Cape Town; Habib ‘Ali al-Mashhur—the current Mufti of Tarim; Habib ‘Umar al-Jaylani—the Shafi‘i Mufti of Makkah; Sayyid Ahmad bin Abi Bakr al-Hibshi; Habib Kadhim as-Saqqaf; Shaykh Mahmud Sa’id Mamduh; Maulana Abdul Hafiz al-Makki; Shaykh Ala ad-Din al-Afghani; Maulana Fazlur Rahman al-Azami and Shaykh Yahya al-Gawthani amongst others.

Has the Sight of a Woman Affected the Prophet?

Answered by Shaykh Shuaib Ally

Question: Assalam alaykum,

Is the Hadith below Authentic and how should it be understood?

Jabir said, “The Prophet saw a woman so he entered upon Zainab bint Jahsh and had intercourse with her. He then came out to his companions and said to them – A woman advances in the form of a devil, so when one of you gets excited by her, he should go to his wife and have intercourse with her for that will repel what he is feeling.”

Answer: Assalam’aleykum,

The hadith you mentioned in Abu Dawud is considered authentic; variations of the hadith are found in other collections, such as those of Muslim, Tirmidhi, and Ahmad.

Scholars have held varying opinions on the import of the Prophet’s actions, peace and blessings of God be upon him.

The Prophet’s Actions Were Meant as Guidance

Some, such as al-Qadi ‘Iyad (544), in his commentary on Sahih Muslim, incline strongly towards the view that the Prophet, peace and blessings of God be upon him, did not do this because seeing a woman had affected him, but rather to demonstrate with his actions to others what they ought to do if they ever found themselves in such a situation, as a matter of guidance.

Imam al-Nawawi (676), in his commentary on Sahih Muslim, restricts himself to mentioning only this position.

The Prophet’s Actions were Reflective of Human Nature

Others, such as al-Munawi (1031), have not considered it problematic that the Prophet, peace and blessings of God be upon him, could have been affected in such a manner. In his Fayd al-Qadir, al-Munawi says that the Prophet, peace and blessings of God be upon him, did this after he saw a woman and was taken by her.

He quotes ibn al-‘Arabi (543) as arguing that the Prophet, peace and blessings of God be upon him, was a human with desires; what went through his mind was not the type of thing that one is faulted for, and does diminish his rank, as it was simply reflective of his human nature.

Such scholars may hold the latter position because the narration in the Musnad of Imam Ahmad from Jabir b. ‘Abd Allah al-Ansari, may God be pleased with him, clearly says that the Prophet, peace and blessings of God be upon him, saw the woman and was pleased by seeing her. A further narration in the same collection, from Abu Kabsha al-Anmari, may God be pleased with him, says that the Prophet, peace and blessings of God be upon him, felt in himself a desire for women at the sight of this woman who had passed by.

God knows best.

[Shaykh] Shuaib Ally

Can a Woman Braid Her Hair to Perform a Ritual Bath and Only Wash the Roots?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: I am a woman with very long hair and I find it very difficult to make a ritual bath daily. Is there a way to ease this process?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

You can braid your hair before you bathe, and then wash the roots of the hair on your head, without wetting the braided hair- even though wetting this would be superior. As for simply putting your hair into a bun, this would not be sufficient.

Please see: Is It Obligatory for Women to Wash All Their Hair After Intercourse? and: Can a Woman Braid Her Hair Just Before Performing a Ghusl to Avoid to Wash All of It? and: The Ritual Bath (ghusl): Obligatory, Recommended, and Disliked Acts

And Allah Most High alone knows best.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

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Should a Woman Fast During Her Menstruation?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: As salam aleykum,

Should a woman fast during her menstruation?

Is an expiation required for missed fasts due to menstruation?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

The expiation (kaffara) applies in the case of a major violation due to the sanctity of the month of Ramadan, namely, by eating, drinking or engaging in intimate relations during the fasting hours.

As for during menstruation, it is not permissible nor valid to fast, and the lady need only make up the missed fasts after Ramadan. No expiation is due in such a case.

Please also see: When Is Expiation Required For A Fast? and: Worship in Ramadan For a Menstruating Woman and: The Complete Guide to Fasting and: A Reader on Tawba (Repentance)

And Allah Most High alone knows best.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Should I Renew My Wudu If I Touch a Woman? [Maliki]

Answered by Shaykh Rami Nsour

Question: Assalam ‘aleykum,

Should I renew my wudu if I touch a woman?

Answer: Wa alaykum as salam wa rahmatulah.

If someone touches another person from whom pleasure can normally be derived from, and pleasure is either intended or found, wudu is broken.

Thus, if a man touches a woman either intending pleasure or finds it after touching with no intention, then the wudu is broken.


Shaykh Rami Nsour teaches The Rights of Parents and Prohibitions of the Tongue at SeekersHub. He is also the Founding Director of Tayba Foundation.

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After Marriage, Can a Woman Continue Her Education and Pursue a Career?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil

Question: After I graduate, I will get married that summer. Is it okay for a woman to continue her education by going to college after marriage? Is working as an obstetrician allowed?

Answer: Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray this finds you well. May Allah reward you for seeking clarity on this very important issue, and bless you in your medical studies.

Education after marriage

The Messenger of Allah said: “Ask Allah for beneficial knowledge and seek refuge with Allah from knowledge that is of no benefit.” [Sunan Ibn Majah]

Seeking beneficial knowledge is strongly encouraged in Islam, throughout our lives, for both men and women.


It is communally obligatory (fardul kifayah) for capable Muslim women to become obstetricians. This will provide Muslim women the ideal option of having a Muslim lady doctor assist them in their pregnancies and births.

Pre-marital discussions

Is your future husband supportive of your decision to pursue a medical career? It is extremely important for you to clarify this issue before you get married to him. I strongly encourage the two of you to complete this course Islamic Marriage: Guidance for Successful Marriage and Married Life.


Being a doctor is extremely noble but also very challenging. The stress of being on-call, undertaking years of study, and constant examinations is a strain on even the best of marriages. This is why it is so important to marry a man of religion and good character, who agrees to support your career for the sake of pleasing Allah.

If he expects to marry a woman who will stay home and look after his children, then he will be disappointed. If he is happy for you to work part-time and entrust your children to loving caregivers, then he is the right match for you, inshaAllah.

Please clarify these issues before you get married, and save yourselves future heartache.

Please refer to the following links:

How Can I Follow My Religion Working as a Female Doctor?
Choosing a Medical Career and Following Gender Interaction Rules
Fiqh of Females Seeking Medical Treatment


Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

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What Is the Distance a Woman Can Journey Alone?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaikum,

Is it permissible for a woman to travel alone to visit her grandmother in an hospital which is 30 km from her home?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah.

Yes, you can visit her provided it is safe to do so.

According to the Hanafi school, it is permitted for a woman to journey up to the travel distance (approximately 48 miles) without a member of her unmarriageable kin (mahram).

Travelling beyond this is impermissible in view of the words of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace), “A woman should not travel for three days [= travel distance] without a close male relative.” [Bukhari]

Please also see: The Definition of a Resident Person & Traveler and: Can a Women Travel Alone for Islamic Educational Purposes? [Maliki School]

And Allah alone knows best.

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Is It Better for a Woman to Avoid to Apply Henna If She Has to Appear in Public?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Asalamu alaikum,

Is it better for a woman to avoid to apply henna if she has to appear in public?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah.

In general, it is permitted for the woman to apply henna to her hands and feet. [Ibn Nujaym, al-Ashbah wa al-Naza’ir]

It would be recommended to do so to please her husband, as such beautification is sought from her in their relationship, or in other contexts because it is a feminine act that has benefits and precedence in the sunna.

However, if there is a possibility that unrelated men will see such henna after application, then the consideration would be whether or not it attracts their undue attention.

If it does, avoid adorning yourself with it in a public setting.

And Allah alone knows best.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

Can a Woman Pray in a Sitting Position When in Public?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam ‘aleykum.

Sometimes me and my wife have to pray in a public place. Can she sit and pray to avoid to bend over in front of people?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah.

No, being shy or embarrassed is not a sufficient excuse to miss an obligatory action of the prayer. In general, we strive to take the means to be able to fulfil our duties soundly, and in a way which indicates our religious concern.

As such, suggest that she keeps a longer item of clothing with her when out and about such that her body is more concealed during the prayer. To facilitate this further, you could stand behind her so that others cannot see her movements from behind.

With that, try to plan your day so that you can pray somewhere without such concerns, and ask Allah Most High for facilitation. The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Watch out for Allah, and He will watch out for you.” [Tirmidhi]

And Allah alone knows best.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani