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Chapter 291
ﺔﻴﺒﻨﺟﻹﺎﺑ ةﻮﻠﺨﻟا ﻢﻳﺮﺤﺗ بﺎﺑ
Prohibition of Meeting a non-Mahram Woman in Seclusion
Allah, the Exalted, says:
And when you ask (his wives) for anything you want, ask them from behind a screen
.'' (33:53)
ْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا َلﻮُﺳَر ﱠنأ ُﻪْﻨَﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻲﺿر ٍﺮِﻣﺎَﻋ ﻦْﺑ َﺔَﺒْﻘُﻋ ْﻦَﻋَو
لﺎَﻗ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪ
ﻰَﻠَﻋ َلﻮُﺧﱡﺪﻟاَو ْﻢُآﺎﱠﻳإ
َلﺎﻗ ؟ َﻮْﻤﺤْﻟا َﺖْﻳأﺮَﻓأ ِرﺎَﺼْﻧﻷا َﻦِﻣ ٌﻞُﺟَر َلﺎَﻘَﻓ ،
، ُتْﻮَﻤﻟا ُﻮْﻤﺤْﻟا
ﻪﻴﻠﻋ ٌﻖﻔﺘﻣ
ِﻪﱢﻤﻋ ِﻦْﺑاو ، ﻪﻴﺧأ ﻦﺑاو ، ِﻪﻴِﺧﺄآ ِجْوﱠﺰﻟا ُﺐﻳِﺮَﻗ
`Uqbah bin `Amir (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "
(entering a place) in which are women (uncovered or simply to mix with them in seclusion)
.'' A man from the Ansar
said, "Tell me about the brother of a woman's husband.'' He replied, "
The brother of a woman's husband is death
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
This Hadith tells us an extremely important point in respect of the veil about which the majority of
Muslims are unaware or negligent. The point that it tells us that a woman must observe the veil from the real
brothers, cousins etc., of her husband because their visits in her home are very frequent and there may occur several
occasions when they come across each other alone. For this reason, there are greater chances of mischief with them.
This explains why the husband's male relatives have been regarded as "
'', that is from the religious point of
view they are fatal. In other words, if they commit the mischief, it will prove fatal because in an Islamic state this
crime is punishable by Rajm (
stoning to death
). This can also be fatal in another way. If the husband begins to
suspect that his wife has illicit relations with someone else, he might kill her or divorce her out of his sense of
honour. Even in case of divorce, her life will become desolate. Another meaning of it can be that one should be as
much afraid of meeting such women in seclusion with whom any kind of contact is not permissible as one is afraid
of death.
When a woman is required to observe the veil from the real brothers of her husband, why would it not be essential to
observe the veil from the husband's friends. Slackness in this matter is also very common nowadays. Although the
dangerous consequences of this fashion come to our notice everyday through newspapers, people do not learn any
lesson from them, and the fashion of non-observance of the veil is spreading fast like an epidemic. May Allah save
us from this evil!
لﺎَﻗ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا لﻮُﺳر ﱠنأ ﺎﻤُﻬْﻨﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻲﺿر ٍسﺎﱠﺒﻋ ِﻦﺑا ﻦَﻋَو
ْﻢُآُﺪﺣأ ﱠنَﻮُﻠْﺨَﻳ ﻻ
ٍمَﺮْﺤَﻣ يِذ َﻊَﻣ ًﱠﻻإ ٍةأﺮْﻣﺎِﺑ
ﻪﻴﻠﻋ ٌﻖﻔﺘﻣ
Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "
No one of you
should meet a woman in privacy unless she is accompanied by a Mahram (i.e., a relative within the prohibited
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
This Hadith strictly prohibits Muslims from meeting a non-Mahram woman in seclusion without her
Mahram, in order to avoid the temptation to commit the sin of adultery and fornication.
َلﺎَﻗ ُﻪْﻨﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻲﺿر َةﺪْﻳﺮُﺑ ﻦﻋو
ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا لﻮُﺳر لﺎَﻗ
َﻦﻳِﺪِهﺎﺠُﻤﻟا ِءﺎﺴِﻧ ُﺔﻣْﺮُﺣ
ُﻧﻮُﺨَﻴَﻓ ، ِﻪِﻠهأ ﻲﻓ َﻦﻳﺪهﺎﺠُﻤﻟا َﻦِﻣ ًﻼُﺟر ُﻒُﻠْﺨﻳ ﻦﻳِﺪِﻋﺎَﻘْﻟا ْﻦِﻣ ﻞُﺟر ْﻦِﻣ ﺎﻣ ، ْﻢﻬِﺗﺎﻬﻣأ ِﺔﻣْﺮُﺤَآ َﻦﻳِﺪِﻋﺎَﻘْﻟا ﻰَﻠﻋ
ﻲﺿﺮَﻳ ﻰﱠﺘَﺣ َءﺎَﺷ ﺎﻣ ِﻪِﺗﺎﻨَﺴﺣ ﻦِﻣ ُﺬُﺧﺄﻴَﻓ ، ِﺔﻣﺎﻴِﻘْﻟا مْﻮَﻳ ُﻪﻟ ﻒَﻗو ﱠﻻإ ﻢ
ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ُلﻮُﺳر ﺎَﻨْﻴﻟإ ﺖﻔَﺘْﻟا ﱠﻢُﺛ
َلﺎَﻘَﻓ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ
؟ ْﻢُﻜﱡﻨَﻇ ﺎﻣ
ﻢﻠﺴﻣ ُﻩاور
Buraidah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "
The sanctity of the
wives of Mujahidun (i.e., those who strive hard and fight in the way of Allah) for those who remain at home (i.e.,
those who do not go to the battlefield to fight Jihad) is like the sanctity of their own mothers. Anyone who remains
behind to look after the family of a Mujahid and betrays his trust, will be made to stand on the Day of Resurrection
before the Mujahid who will take away from his meritorious deeds whatever he likes till he is satisfied
.'' The
Messenger of Allah (PBUH) turned toward us and said, "
Now, what do you think (i.e., will he leave anything with