Q 5: In some families the brothers’ wives uncover their faces in the presence of their brothers-in-law. When I advise them, they say they are brothers and do not want to be separated from each other. What is your opinion in this regard?
A: It is not permissible for women to uncover their faces in the presence of their brothers-in-law because they are not Mahrams for them; they are in-laws.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) was asked about Al-Hamu (the in-laws of the wife – the brothers of her husband or his nephews etc.).
The Prophet (peace be upon him) replied: Al-Hamu is death itself.
That is, the bad consequences of uncovering their faces in the presence of them are more harmful because it is treated leniently.
May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!
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