“Need” For a Woman to Emerge From Home in Shari’ah

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1. I understand that a woman may emerge from her home in hijab (burqa & jilbab) in times of “need.” What is the definition of “need” in Shari’ah & is this definition consistent across all 4 schools of thought?

2. The following are some common scenarios that occur in the Western world and many people self-define it as a need to emerge. Please advise whether any of these situations fall within the definition of “need” in Shari’ah.

(A) Husband or father has to go to work at a fixed time and finishes work at a fixed time.

Therefore it is argued that there is a need for the woman to emerge drop the children to school, madrassah and to do the shopping. Is this a valid excuse in Shari’ah?

(B) Invitation to Walima. Women argue that if they don’t attend the inviter will be offended. Hence they emerge to go to a hall for Walima.

(C) To clean the front or back garden simply because the husband is either too tired or too lazy to do so. Is this really a need?

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Asked on June 8, 2015 7:24 am
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1) Medical, government official business.
2a) This will be permissible. Not shopping.
2b) Have to go with Mahram.
2c) If the neighbour cannot see.

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Answered on January 1, 1970 12:00 am