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Should the woman cover herself from mahram in-laws and can she make her voice heard?

What is the verdict of the Islamic scholars and the great jurist in the follower matters:
  1. Who are those people that women do not have to veil themselves?
  2. Who are those people where they can talk to women and where it is allowed for the women to make their voices heard?

Questioner: Molvi Nazir Ahmad Saheb, Bareilly in India

Answer:
 
  1. All unmarriageable relatives [mahram], but it is better for a young lady to veil herself from unmarriageable milk [raza’i] relatives, and if possible then also from the unmarriageable in-laws.
  2. All unmarriageable relatives, and if there is a need for and no fear of schism [fitna], nor in secrecy, then it is also allowed [to say few words] behind the veil with few marriageable relatives.
 
And Allah know best.
 
al-Imam Ahmad Raza Khan al-Qadiri al-Barelvi
27-Muharram-1336 || ≈ 13-Nov-1917
al-‘Ataya al-Nabawiyyah fi’l-Fatawa al-Ridawiyyah: vol. 22, p. 243, #105-106
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