Q 4: It is said that
a woman's voice is `Awrah (something that should be hidden in public). Is this correct?
Men fulfill their desires through women. They are attracted to women instinctively lead by their sexual appetite. When a woman displays softness in her speech, temptation increases. Therefore, Allah commanded believing men that when they ask something of women; they should ask from behind a screen. Allah (Exalted be He) states:
And when you ask (his wives) for anything you want, ask them from behind a screen: that is purer for your hearts and for their hearts.
Allah (Glorified be He) forbade women to be soft in speech when addressing men lest he in whose heart is a disease should be moved with desire. Since these were the instructions given by Allah to the believers at a time when they were strongest in their Iman (faith), it is even more deserving to be followed during these times of weak Iman. (Part No. 17; Page No. 204) Accordingly, you must not intermingle with non-Mahrams (not a spouse or unmarriageable relatives) and speak to them except regarding necessary matters in a voice which is not overly feminine. It should be mentioned that women during the time of the Prophet would speak to him and ask about the affairs of their Din (religion). They would also speak to the Sahabah (Companions of the Prophet) regarding important needs and the Prophet (peace be upon him) did not forbid them from doing so. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.