I was told that a woman has to wear a long loose dress, long loose pants and a scarf wrapped around her chest at least when at home, but that seems really excessive to be a minimum requirement. Are there any hadiths or anything in the quran that talk about women’s attire at home. And do women have to wear a scarf around their chest when they’re at home?

  • That seems entirely cultural. The requirement for women to cover is the same as the men when at home without any non-family members there.
    – The Z
    Commented Sep 29, 2021 at 14:15
  • Is there anything specifically said in islam?
    – Sera
    Commented Oct 1, 2021 at 0:12
  • Islam says women should wear hijab when they're going outside. It does not set any requirement while they're at home with their family except the minimum for everyone.
    – The Z
    Commented Oct 1, 2021 at 0:18
  • Okay, because someone keeps forcing those rules onto me saying its in the hadith and quran
    – Sera
    Commented Oct 1, 2021 at 0:24

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This issue has several aspects:

1- According to different Islamic religions, the jurisprudential ruling will be different. 2- It will be different in different cultures and ethnicities. For example, in Pakistan, Muslim women only cover their necks from the neck down, and their necks are usually visible in front of non-mahrams. 3- The extent of a woman's covering in the house depends on whether the woman is alone in the house or with her husband or in the house of another person who is her confidant, such as a father or brother, or a stranger in the house.

When a woman is alone at home or with her husband, she has no hijab and is free. When the children are at home, the woman must observe a certain amount of hijab in front of the children. That is, it should cover from the top of the chest to the bottom of the knee. Avoid wearing kitty and sexually arousing clothes so that the cover does not have bad effects on the psyche of the children. If there is a confidant in the house, such as a father or brother, it is better to observe more coverage. That is, do not wear very tight and semi-naked clothes. It is permissible to keep the head, neck, hair and half of the hands open. Even when the non-mahram is at home, the full hijab must be observed.


'At home' is an ambiguous statement and the dressing requirements will vary depending on other factors that are not mentioned in the question.

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