How should a woman dress at home? If she uncovers her head, will the angels of mercy leave? Does wearing a short-sleeved dress make angels leave?

The Details of the Question

How should a woman dress at home? If she uncovers her head, will the angels of mercy leave? We know that it is a thawab for a woman to adorn herself and to be uncovered in the presence of her husband at home. Does wearing a short-sleeved dress make angels leave?

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

There is no religious objection for a woman to uncover her head when there is no non-mahram man with her. (al-Fatawal-Hindiyya, 5/333)

However, when a sane woman who has reached the age of puberty is at home alone, she should cover the area between her navel and kneecap. There are angels who do not leave a person alone. They suffer when the private parts of a person are uncovered. Therefore, it is virtuous for a woman to cover the area between her navel and kneecap at home.

The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said, “Avoid being naked because there are some beings who never leave you except when you are in the toilet and when you have sexual intercourse with your spouses.”

A woman can dress as she wishes in the presence of her husband. There is no limit in terms of covering the body between spouses. It is permissible for a woman to dress up and uncover her body in the presence of her husband to look beautiful.

It is permissible for a woman to uncover her head at home and to wear short-sleeved dresses.

It is mustahab for a woman to keep herself very clean in the presence of her husband at home, to wear perfume and to wear clean clothes.

It is permissible for a woman to adorn herself with clothes, jewelry and make-up for her husband.

Ibn Abbas (r.a.) states the following:

“I adorn myself for my wife as she adorns herself for me. I don't want to take all of my rights from her so that she will not want all her rights from me because Allah Almighty states the following: “And women shall have rights similar to the rights against them (their husbands).” (al-Baqara, 2/228)

It very clearly stated in the following verse in whose presence women can uncover their hair, heads, necks, etc. (see Sabuni, Rawaiul-Bayan, 2/159-160).

“And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband's fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! Turn ye all together towards Allah, that ye may attain Bliss.” (an-Nur, 24/31)

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