Bismillahi Al-Rahmani Al-Rahim
Muslim Women With Non-Muslim Women (3)
What is the stance of the hanabilah on Muslims women covering in
front of other non-Muslim women? Can you tell me the proofs and what
scholars from the hanabilah held which opinion. Also if a woman is
to cover in front of non-Muslims women, does she cover just teh head
or the face as well? Meaning are non-Muslim women just like men then?
The basic issue of what Muslim women must cover when with non-Muslim women was mentioned back in January.
According to the madhhab, it is permissible for a women to show another woman--even a non-Muslim--anything other than the area between her navel and her knees.
A second opinion transmitted from Imam Ahmad (Allah be pleased with him) that Muslim women must cover in front of non-Muslim women just as they must cover in front of men. This is what they must cover, not what they should cover.
The reason for the difference of opinion goes back to understanding the phrase "nisa'ihinn" from Al-Nur (Qur'an 24:31):
And Allah knows best.
[References: Nail Al-Ma'arib (2.511), Manar Al-Sabil (500), Al-Furu` (5.154)]
wa al-salamu `alaykum