What is the awrah?

The part of the body that is private and should be concealed from view.


What is the women’s awrah?

The awrah of the woman differs from the awrah of a man.

“And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts) and not to show off their adornment except that which is apparent (like both eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer palms of hands or one eye or dress like veil, gloves, headcover, apron), and to draw their veils all over Juyûbihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husband's fathers, or their sons, or their husband's sons, or their brothers or their brother's sons, or their sister's sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e. their sisters in Islâm), or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigour, or small children who have no sense of feminine sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allâh to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful.”   (Suratun Nur: 31)


The awrah of a woman differs depending upon in whose company she is in.

The Awrah of the Muslim Woman:


With Her Husband

There is no awrah between a man and his wife. (SalafiTalk Forum)


With Muslim Women

On the Awrah of a Muslim Woman To Other Muslim Women (Salafi Publications-PDF)) 


With Her “Mahrams” (uncles and her brothers)

She is allowed to show to her Mahrams: her face, head, neck, hands, arms, feet, shanks (the part of the lower limb between the knee and the ankle), and she should cover everything else other then that.

Fatwa from Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen – FatwaIslam

With Non Muslims

Discussed in (24:31)


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