Is fashion shows and high teas encouraged in islam where women leave their homes and dress up to participate in these events especially prior to Ramadaan.
please advise me from both a taqwa as well as fatwa level.
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.
A woman is permitted to leave her home out of a necessity that is valid in Shari’ah.
Attending to exhibit in a fashion show and high teas is not a valid excuse in Shari’ah for a woman to leave her home.
Therefore, even from a fatwa point of view it is not permissible. Furthermore, we have heard of many unislamic factors in such shows.
And Allah knows best;
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.