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21 May 2019 CE | 17 Ramadhan 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Voice should be Firm

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Women should not talk to non-Mahram men without their husband’s permission.” [Tabrani]

Women should not talk to non-Mahram men unnecessarily or in a soft and sweet tone of voice, but rather in a straight forward and honourable manner, so that no one will misinterpret them or have any bad thoughts about them.

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) says: “If you do fear (Allah), be not too complaisant of speech, lest one in whose heart is a disease should be moved with desire; but speak you a speech (that is) just.” [Quran: Surah Ahzab, Ayat 32]

The main objective of this Ayat is for women to acquire such a state of Hijab and an avoidance of non-Mahram men that those of weak faith may not have any hope, or greed of any favours, from them. After this Ayat was revealed, some of the Wives of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) used to cover their mouth with their hands to hide their natural voice while talking to strangers.

Imam Qurtubi writes in the interpretation of this Ayat, “Allah has commanded Muslim women to talk in a straight forward and concise manner with (non-Mahram) men. The tone of their voice should be devoid of softness and sweetness, unlike the street women and uncivilized women of olden times who used to sweet talk men. A woman should be very careful while talking to (non-Mahram) men even if they are members of her in-laws. She should speak in a firm voice without being loud.” [Tafseer Qurtubi]

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