Woman Covering her Feet when Going Out – Shaykh Muhammad Al-Imaam & Shaykh Muhammad ‘Akoor

The Shaykh Muhammad Al-Imaam Mentioned within his book: Battle of the Hijaab (Translated and published by MTWS Publications):
It is a must that the clothing of the woman be a covering for all of her body. On the authority of ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Umar, may Allaah be pleased with him, who said: Allaah’s Messenger said: “Whoever drags his garment out of ostentation then Allaah will not look at him.” Umm Salamah said: “O Messenger of Allaah! How should the women do with their trails (of their garments)?” He said: “Lower it a hand span.” She said: “Then their feet will be exposed.” He said: “Lower it an arms-length and do not do more than that.”[1]

The Hadeeth is clear that it is obligatory upon the woman to cover her feet when she goes out amongst strange men. The scholars have extracted from it that the obligation to cover the face take more precedence. This is because showing the face is a temptation greater than the temptation of showing the feet.[2]


[1] Reported by An-Nasaa’ee Hadeeth number 5336 It has also come in the Hadeeth of Umm Salamah in An-Nasaa’ee Hadeeth number 5337

[2] Translator’s note: Foot fetishism, foot worship, or podophilia is a pronounced sexual interest in feet or shoes. It is the most common form of sexual preference for otherwise non-sexual objects or body parts. For a foot fetishist, points of attraction include the shape and size of a foot, toes, toenails, jewelry, treatments (i.e. pedicure), state of dress, odor, and sensory interaction. (Segan’s Medical Dictionary)

Shaykh Muhammad ‘Akoor via Whatsapp

Question: Our, Shaykh; many women exit their homes without covering their feet. This is a Fitnah, specifically in America wherein many men have foot fetishes. Meaning, to look at the foot of a woman creates lust within them. So what is the ruling of a woman uncovering her feet outside of her home in front of strange men?

Answer: In front of strange men, all of the woman is ‘Awrah. It is obligatory upon her to cover the entirety of her body; including the hands and the feet, in order to be safe from Fitnah and sin.

Question: May Allaah bless you, so what is the description of this? Meaning, how does she cover her feet, or with what does she cover her feet?

Answer: (She is to wear) socks on the feet and gloves on the hands. By way of this, the covering of the extremities of her body is completed.


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