Topic #37: Concept of purdah (hijab or niqaab) in front of children and old people.
Concept of purdah (hijab or niqaab) in front of children and old people. [wearing purdah in islam; importance of purdah in islam; what is the purpose of hijab in islam; what is the importance of hijab in islam; hijab in islam islamqa]
Islam gave concept of purdah (hijab or niqaab) in order to save oneself from lust of others. As having sexual feelings is natural, one can't just stop having them if there is no medium to stop them.
Purdah isn't just for women but for men as well. If a man can get attracted towards a woman's body then a woman can also get attracted towards a man's body, that is why both of them need to observe purdah by wearing proper clothing which does not enhance ones features.
Concept of purdah in front of children and old people whether healthy or ill is totally dependent on the type of person you are facing. For example if you are taking care of a 60+ years old paralyzed man but you know or think that his gaze is not good or that he looks at you the way he shouldn't then it is important to observe purdah in front of him. Though, if he is not that kind of person then one can refrain from doing purdah in front of him or from him. Similarly, if a child is 10 years old but is popular for his mischiefs & bad gaze then it is necessary to observe purdah in front of him or from him but if he is not that kind of a boy then purdah is not required.
The thing to keep in mind is that dressing modestly is a basic necessity. One should always dress in a manner which does not enhance his or her body's features.
And Allah knows best!
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