Elderly People and the Hijāb
Social Issues
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Answered by Dr. Shehzad Saleem

Do elderly women have to wear the Hijāb? And does a lady have to wear the Hijāb in front of elderly men?


According to the Qur’ān, elderly women have been exempted from wearing the garment that covers their heads and chests. This is obviously because an old woman has lost any attraction for the opposite gender. However, if they still wear it, it is better for them as the Qur’ān points out:

There is no blame on elderly women if they do not wear the garment that covers them provided they make not a wanton display of their adornments. However, if they decide to be modest [by not taking off the garment] it is best for them. And God is one who sees and knows all things. (24:60 )

The answer to the second question is also very similar. The spirit and underlying reason in the Hijāb directives do not require that the Hijāb should be worn before elderly men. However, if women do so, it is better.

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