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Hadrat Sayyiduna Alqamah Radi Allahu ‘Anhu narrates from his mother that once Sayyidah Hafsah binte Abdur Rahman Radi Allahu ‘Anha visited Sayyidah Ayesha Radi Allahu ‘Anha. She was also wearing a very thin scarf. Sayyidah Ayesha Radi Allahu ‘Anha then tore this scarf and gave her a thick scarf to wear. (Mishkaat Shareef)


The reason is that the Noble Messenger of Allah Sallal Laahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam has commanded the females to cover their entire body and this also includes the hair. The Holy Prophet Sallal Laahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam has also stated that, “When a female becomes mature, then it is not permissible that any part of her body be seen except this and that and he then pointed to his hands and face.” (Abu Daud Shareef)


It is also Fard upon everyone to cover their private area and when a female wears a thin scarf then the colour of her hair is seen that this is not permitted.


When Sayyidah Ayesha Radi Allahu ‘Anha gave this young lady a thicker scarf, she was following the command of the Noble Messenger of Allah Sallal Laahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam who said, “Whenever you see anything bad, you should try to stop it with your hands, and if he does not have the power (in this regard), then he should stop it with his mouth, and if he does not have the power to do this too, then he should at least think bad about it in his heart and this is the weakest state of Imaan.” (Muslims Shareef)


At the same time, advice is given to the Muslim sisters that if they see anything wrong, they should also make the effort to stop that act or give people advice. However, this should be done in a manner which does not create fitnah.


In the “Alamgheeri” it is mentioned:


There are a few categories in this commanding of good.


  1. It is mentioned that when a person feels that if he gives advice to someone and there is a strong likelihood that this person would accept the advice, this in this case – it is Waajib to command what is good. In this instance, it is not permissible to stop commanding what is good.


  1. If the person feels that if he gives advice to someone and that person will start to insult him and abuse him and also try to accuse him of baseless actions, then in this case, it is better to refrain from giving anyone advice.


  1. In the same way, if one has the fear that he will be injured and if he gives someone advice and that he will not be able to display patience in this regard, or there is a possibility that fitnah and fasaad will be created and there were will be a major internal strife, then too, it is better to refrain from commanding what is good.


  1. If the person feels that even if he is injured, he will display patience and continue to give the person advice or continue to command him to do good, then in this instance, he will be considered a Mujaahid.


  1. If he feels that this person will not listen to him and neither will he try to injure him nor abuse him, then the person has to choose to either command what is good or refrain from giving advice. However, in this instance, it is considered better to give advice.


At the same time, females are urged and advised not wear such scarf’s which are see-through and through which the hair can be clearly seen. The reason is that this type of material does not achieve the objective of covering a private area. At the same time, to appear like this in front of strange men is also Haraam. One can also not perform Salaah with see-through scarves of this nature. If a female performs Salaah with such see-through scarves through which the colour of her hair can be seen, then in this instance, the Salaah will not be considered as valid. She is also advised to wear something else over this see through scarf.


Females are advised to take care of their private area so that fitnah and mischief can be avoided. At the same time, they are also advised to have patience in the face of any difficulty which they may face.