Recruiting maids

Q 2: Is it permissible to hire a Muslim or a non-Muslim maid that does not cover her face and hands? Is it permissible for the father and his children to look at or talk with her?

A: It is not permissible to hire non-Muslim servants in the Arabian Peninsula but if they are Muslims, there is nothing wrong with that when a Mahram (spouse or permanently unmarriageable relative) accompanies them. It is impermissible for a father and his children to look at the maidservant's face and hands. And, it is permissible for them to talk to her about their needs, but they should lower their gaze and she must wear Hijab (veil) and not have Khulwah (being alone with a member of the opposite sex). May Allah grant us success. May Allah's Peace and Blessings be upon Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions.