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Given both girls and boys, who have reached an age of maturity are permitted to dress more freely around mahrams (such as around siblings & parents), is there any constraint to "dressing freely"?

For example, can males get to walk around shirtless and with above knee shorts or the women with tank tops and tight leggings in front of family mahrams?

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One must keep in mind that there is no awrah between a man and his wife. The evidence for that is Aaishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and I used to do ghusl i.e., from janaabah (impurity following intercourse) from one vessel, taking it in turns to dip our hands into the vessel.

I do no wish to post the entire link, but I read a fatwah that but between a woman and her mahrams, she has to cover her awrah and that it is not permissible to wear tight clothing, either in front of one's mahrams or in front of other women, if it is excessively tight and shows the womans charms. In another fatwah by Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan he says that it is not permissible for a woman to wear short clothes in front of her children and mahrams, or to uncover more than is customary in front of them of that which will not cause any fitnah. She may wear short clothes in front of her husband only. The learned scholar, who is now 87, goes on to say that undoubtedly for a woman to wear something tight that shows her bodily charms is not permitted, except in front of her husband only, but in front of anybody else, it is not permitted, even if it is in the presence of other women, because she could be a bad example to others if they see her dressing like this they may do the same.

As for men, the awrah is that part between the navel and the knee, although I think the Maliki mathab is a bit different on this matter.

Again, the rules of this message board do not allow me to post links, look up the article by Muhammad ibn Adam entitled "A Detailed Exposition of the Fiqh of Covering One’s Nakedness (awra)."

I hope this helps.

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  • @YanMala thank you for your answer. But given a lot of Islamic scholars agree that a woman's whole body is part of her awrah (except for the face and what is necessary)...should that mean you have to wear hijab and a full abaya? Or is the awrah of a woman restricted to what the Quran says, the area of the chest and the thighs? – EPIC Tube HD Apr 14 '20 at 3:04
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    @EPICTubeHD The 'awrah of a woman in front of mahrams is different among the schools. It includes at least the private parts and the area from the navel to the knees, this is the limit among the Shafi'is. The Hanafis add to it the belly and back. The Malikis and Hanbalis add to it the entire body except the head\neck, hands and feet. – UmH Apr 14 '20 at 6:17
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Assalamualaikum Sister you have to show the required modesty that is covering whole body except face and hand upto wrist even in front of Marham like - sibling, or son or other male relative. In front of women I don't actually know. In between husband and wife in private it's their wish. They can be wearing dress or remain undressed or in underwear or whatever they want in private only.No modesty is obligatory between husband wife in their private place.

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A Muslim woman can wear tight clothes (leggings, skirts etc) in front of her mahram men provided that it covers her awrah. A woman's awrah in front of her mahram men is her private parts. For men, the private parts include the anus, penis and scrotum. For women, the private parts include the vagina and anus [[1]. The buttocks are not counted as the private parts, and therefore it is permissible to look at them, however it is better to refrain from looking at them as well. The portion of the dress which covers her private parts, should be made of thick cloth and should not reveals her skin colour. Tight clothes reveal outline of body shape of a woman. The body shape is part of 'zeenah' which a woman does not need to hide from her mahram men and her husband according the Quranic verse 24:30. Muhammad Jawad Mughniyya writes: "The schools concur that it is wajib to cover (the body’s) colour, not its shape" [2].

Some modern scholars opine that women should not wear short and tight clothes in front of mahram men as it might tempt them and can lead to 'fitna'. But some men lusting after their mahram women is the exception rather than the rule. Exceptions don't disprove the rule. The awrah of men and women is determined by Quran and hadith and is not subject to change with the changes of time and place.

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I think this will depend on what is culturally appropriate. For example, in Bangladesh, women won't wear a hijab when around close or extended family (mahram); but will do so when going shopping or visiting - that is when they are out in public. Not every nation has the same rules here ...

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