Purdah Is:

  • For both men and women.
  • To keep one’s gaze lowered.
  • To avoid watching inappropriate programs on TV or live on the stage.
  • To avoid listening to foul language, inappropriate music, and refrain from idle conversation.
  • To not attract the opposite gender by looks, conversation, and tone.
  • To protect and respect women and not to oppress them.

Purdah outside/ at work/ at school:

  • Lajna members should avoid double standards: observe the same levels of purdah in public whether going to the Mosque or somewhere else.
  • Minimum Purdah means: A secure scarf with a long coat should always be worn when going outside; the scarf alone is not enough. This is the recommended minimum purdah and no one should make his/her own definition of purdah.
  • The coat should be loose fitting, knee-length or longer with full-sleeves
  • The head covering should cover forehead, chin and hair, front and back.
  • No make-up should be worn. If make-up is worn, then the lower face must also be covered.
  • The coat and head coverings should not be decorative, embroidered or transparent. A dupatta may not be substituted for a scarf.
  • Immodest fashions should be avoided: e.g. tight or form-fitting clothes, skinny jeans with short tops, capris, tight pants, or leggings worn under dresses with high side slits; dresses with see-through sleeves or deep necklines. T-shirts, blouses or short tops with pants should not be worn even in the home.
  • Showing-off fashions should not be for routine trips out of the home; it should only be in family gatherings or in women-only functions.
  • Hats as part of a uniform are only permitted if worn over scarf/hijab, otherwise Ahmadi Muslim women should not work at places where hats only are permitted.
  • Students in school should keep a a little separate from the opposite gender, not be involved in personal discussions or exchange contact information with each other to stay in touch.
  • If girls are not allowed to wear a scarf in the classroom, they should cover their heads as soon as they come out of the classroom.
  • Video chatting, sharing pictures on social networks, and chatting with an unknown person is very harmful and must be avoided.
  • Boys and girls should not shake hands with each other.

Jama ‘at Gatherings:

  • In Jama ’at meetings where men are also present, Lajna members should not recite poems, do speeches or engage in lengthy discussions, even if they are in a separate hall.
  • Lajna members can give presentations in Lajna meetings.
  • There should be separate seating arrangements for men and women in Jama’at tabligh events, including AMSA, AMSAW etc. If for some reason they have to be in the same hall, separate areas for refreshments must be provided.

General Recommendations:

  • Husbands should not ask their wives to relax their purdah or wear immodest clothes. If they do ask, respectfully take a stand for your religious right because this demand is against the teachings of the Holy Qur’an.
  • Men and women should not sit together when visiting each other’s houses even if women are wearing coat and hijab. Office-holders must be more careful about this.
  • Ahmadi Muslim women should join women-only gyms or health clubs. Wear modest, loose fitting clothing with full-sleeves and a scarf. Dancing in the name of exercise should be avoided.
  • Mothers should teach their daughters to wear modest clothes in front of their father and brothers. Also teach your sons about modest dress and respect for sister’s modesty.
  • Mothers should dress children from 3-4 years old modestly, so that the whole body is covered so that they can be used to modest clothing.
  • Only real brothers are your brothers, there is no concept of “considering someone like a brother” in Islām, so purdah should be observed from all non-family men.
  • Ahmadi Muslim women should also avoid keeping company with immodest women.
  • Women who are office-holders must observe purdah in line with the teachings of the Holy Qur'an. The office-holder‘s forehead and hair from the back should be completely covered as is the commandment of the Holy Qur'an. Her body should not be on display. If she is acting on this then fine; if not, then no matter how efficient she is, if her purdah is not up to standard, she cannot be appointed an office-holder.

[Guidelines taken from the Sermons of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V (atba)]