Can Muslim women show their hair to non-Muslim women?


My question is about hijab for sisters- do they observe hijab from non-Muslim women the same as they would of non mahram men? Can they show their hair etc to non Muslim women? This is an issue because the sisters go to the salons and expose their hair to non-Muslim women not knowing. I am confused on this issue.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

It is impermissible for a Muslim woman to show her hair to a non-Muslim woman. [1] Find the relevant references below.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Checked and Approved by,

Mufti Ebrahim Desai.



[1]  “و المرأة الذمية كالرجل الأجنبي في الأصح، فلا تنظر إلى بدن المسلمة” (الفقه الحنفي في ثوبه الجديد 5/384 – دار القلم)

“و الذمية كالرجل الأجنبي في الأصح، فلا تنظر إلى بدن المسلمة… فلا تضع جلبابها و لا خمارها كما في السراج” (رد المحتار على الدر المختار 6/371 – HM Saeed)

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