Women visiting other Muslim women frequently

Q 1: What is the ruling on women visiting other Muslim women? When is it obligatory on a woman to go out? Moreover, when must she be accompanied by a Mahram (a spouse or an unmarriageable relative)? What is the suitable time for (Part No. 17; Page No. 222) her going out and coming back?

A: It is permissible for a woman to leave her house with the permission of her husband if she needs to do so. However, she has to abide by Hijab (veil); she must not show off her charms. The criterion to know if it is necessary for her to leave her home is that if she does not go out, she will be harmed. The suitable time for her to go out depends on the circumstances and place where she is. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.