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What does Islam say about covering yourself from your own sister?

Question: What is the verdict of the Islamic scholars on this matter where it is known as a sensible measure to conceal oneself from an immoral Muslim woman, but what if it happens that both the immoral and non-immoral Muslim women are blood-related sisters? Are they also considered in the same judgment or not? And will she be a major sinner if she shows herself to her because of the urge of the love of consanguinity? State and be rewarded.

Sender: Hazrat Miyan Saheb Qibla, Marehra Mutahra in India

The scholars have stated that it is inappropriate for an immoral woman to look at a pious and virtuous woman. Just as it says in al-Siraj al-Wahaj, al-Hindiyya and Radd al-Muhtar.1
And likewise, there is the statement of Allah,
وَإِمَّا يُنسِيَنَّكَ ٱلشَّيْطَـٰنُ فَلَا تَقْعُدْ بَعْدَ ٱلذِّكْرَىٰ مَعَ ٱلْقَوْمِ ٱلظَّـٰلِمِينَ
And if the devil causes you to forget, then do not sit with the unjust after remembering.” [6:68]
Every aspect is general and every prudent measure is also general, rather the negative influence is more substantial in such close relationships, for there is not much communion with a stranger, nor is there such communion on their part. Such detachment will not be counted as a separation, for its aversion has been transmitted in the hadith. Because a similar kind of case has been soundly evident not only amongst the lesser noble Companions (Allah be pleased with them) but also with Abdullah ibn Umar (Allah be pleased with them).
This judgment is indeed a precautionary measure. If she might ever be with her, it is not a major sin. Just as their statement “It is unappropriate” indicates it. But it is important to be careful because if there is a negative influence, immediately be completely separated and treat its companionship as fire. And it is more justified, once you are unaware of the negativity affecting you, and once it has affected you, it is more difficult to think of precautions, therefore protection lies in only living separately, and from Allah is all success.
Mawlana (Allah sanctify his secret) states in Mathnavi Sharif,
تاتوانی دور شو از یار بد
یار بد بد تر بود از ماربد
مار بد تنہا ہمیں برجان زند   
یار بد بر جان وایمان زند
Whenever possible, stay away from a lousy companion
For a lousy companion is even more dangerous than a snake
Because a dangerous snake only afflicts the body
While a lousy companion ruins both your life and your faith
And Allah knows best.
al-Imam Ahmad Raza Khan al-Qadiri al-Barelvi
30-Dhu al-Hijjah-1312 || ≈ 24-Jun-1895
al-‘Ataya al-Nabawiyyah fi’l-Fatawa al-Ridawiyyah: vol. 22, p. 204, #60
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  1. Radd al-Muhtar: کتاب الحظروالاباحۃ بالنظر والمس 5/238
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