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Hadith on women who do not wear the veil

Question

1. What is the arabic text for the following Hadith?

The worse among the women are those who freely leave their homes without Hijab. They are hypocrites and few of these will enter paradise.

2. What is the correct translation?

3. What is the authenticity of it?

Answer

1. The wording for the hadith in question is as follows:

خير نسائكم الودود الولود المواتية المواسية إذا اتقين الله، وشر نسائكم المتبرجات المتخيلات وهن المنافقات لا يدخل الجنة منهن إلا مثل الغراب الأعصم

2. The translation:

The best of your women are the loving, child bearing ones who do as their husbands please and assist him in his affairs, as long as they have taqwa (fear of Allah)

And the worst of your women are those who expose themselves and are proud. These are (like) hypocrites. Very few of them will enter Jannah.

(Sunanul Kubra, of Bayhaqi, vol.7 pg.82 & Mu’jamus Sahabah of Imam Baghawi; see Sharhul Ihya, vol.5 pg.297)

Note: I have given an explanatory translation of the last sentence.

3. This narration is suitable for practice.

‘Allamah Dhahabi (rahimahullah) hasn’t commented on the chain in Al-Muhadhab, hadith: 10789.

Note: There is another narration declared as authentic (sahih) by Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) which only mentions the first half of the narration, i.e, it only mentions the “best women” (vol.7 pg.82)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar