As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 4


Describing other women's charms to one's husband is prohibited

Abdullah ibn Mas'ood (radhi allahu anhu) said, 'The Prophet (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said, 'No woman should tubashir (from the word, mubashirah) another woman and then describe her qualities to her husband in such a manner as if he was looking at her.' [Agreed upon]

'Mubashirah' means meeting of two bodies, and here it signifies that one should not see another person's body. Here, it is used in its literal as well as metaphorical sense. What it really means is that neither a woman should see the body of any other woman, nor should she touch her own body with the body of some other woman…' [See, Riyadh as-Saliheen]

Al-Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) said, 'Al-Qaabisi said, 'The reason for this prohibition is the fear that the husband may like the description and that may lead him to divorce the woman, who gave the description or be tempted by the woman, who was described to him.' [Fath al-Baree (9/338), Awn al-Ma'bood (6/132), Fayd al-Qadeer (9723)]

One is allowed, however, to disclose a woman's charms to a man, who intends to marry her. [See, Riyadh as-Saliheen]

Indecent talk is prohibited
Ibn Mas'ood (radhi allahu anhu) said, 'The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said, 'A true believer does not taunt or curse or abuse or talk indecently.'' [At-Tirmidhee] We learn from this Hadeeth that in order for one to be a perfect believer, it is not enough to possess all the moral qualities but one must also keep oneself away from moral evils. Anas (radhi allahu anhu) said, 'The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said, 'Indecency does not leave anything untainted, and decency does not leave anything ungraced and unembellished.'[At-Tirmidhee]

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