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A Man's Awrat Parts

It is harâm for men to look between a man's navel and knees. It is permissible for them to look at his other parts without lust. It is permissible for a man to look at his wife and at his own jâriyas from head to foot even with lust, and also for them to look at him likewise. A man's awrat parts are between his navel and his knees in three Madhhabs. In Hanafî Madhhab the knees are awrat. The navel is not awrat. In Shâfi'î Madhhab the navel is awrat and the knees are not. In Mâlikî Madhhab none of them is awrat. It is stated in Mizân-ul-kubrâ that according to one explanation in Mâlikî and Hanbalî Madhhabs a man's saw'atayn are his only awrat parts. Because there is no ijmâ' (unanimity of savants), in this respect, a Muslim who exposses, say, his thigh in company wil not expose himself to the danger of disbelief by doing so, even if he treats this matter imperviously. According to shiites also, a man's awrat parts are his saw'atayn only.

A man, if he feels secure of lust, can look at the heads, faces, necks, arms, legs below the knees of the eighteen women who are harâm for him to marry by nikâh and of others' jâriyas. He cannot look at their breasts, at spaces under their arms, at their flanks, thighs, knees or upper parts of their back. These parts of women are also called (ghalîz), that is, Qaba awrat. Every woman must cover these parts with thick cloth so that their colour and shapes will not be seen when performing namâz, and the cloth must be ample so that their shapes will not resemble their origin when she is among men. Jâriyas can perform namâz without covering their parts that are permissible to be seen. It is harâm for men to look between a man's navel and knees. It is permissible for them to look at his other parts without lust. It is permissible for a man to look at his wife and at his own jâriyas from head to foot even with lust, and also for them to look at him likewise.