Hadith on Hijab: Face and Hands Allowed to be Shown

📖Sunan Abi Dawud 4104
Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu’minin: Asma, daughter of AbuBakr, entered upon the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) wearing thin clothes. The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) turned his attention from her. He said: O Asma’, when a woman reaches the age of menstruation, it does not suit her that she displays her parts of body except this and this, and he pointed to his face and hands.

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  • The meaning of this narration is that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) instructed women to observe modesty and to cover their bodies once they reach the age of menstruation. In Islamic teachings, it is generally recommended for women to dress modestly and to cover their bodies, particularly in the presence of non-mahram men (men whom they are not permitted to marry). In this specific instance, the Prophet Muhammad emphasized that a woman should not display her body, except for her face and hands, when in the presence of others. This guidance is aimed at preserving modesty, promoting decency, and preventing inappropriate attention or unwanted advances.