Emphasizing the severity of purdah (hijaab) for brothers-in-law, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that for a woman her brother-in-law is her ‘Maut’ (Death).
This aspect of purdah is practically extinct among Muslims, even among Ulama. Brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, male and female cousins, etc. mingle freely. They then deceive themselves with false ideas of their chastity and purity when in fact they indulge in zina of varying degrees – zina of the eyes, zina of the tongue, zina of the ears, zina of the mind, zina of the heart, and even in the actual act of fornication/adultery which is the ultimate result of regarding as halaal all the stepping stones to zina.
The Qur’aan Majeed says: “And do not venture near to zina.”
NASEEHAT FOR WOMEN
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:
“A woman who strives in her household duties gains the reward of those who fight in the Path of Allah.”
“Verily, women who visit the cemetery are cursed.”
“The immorality of an immoral woman is like the collective immorality of a thousand immoral men, and the piety of a Believing woman is like the virtuous deeds of 70 Siddiqeen.” (A Siddique is a Wali of the highest rank).