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Question: I wear an abaya but for my workplace i was thinking of wearing western long dresses that do not touch the skin and would require a sweater or jacket on top. Would this be all right? can you give some advice on that

It is not essential for you to wear the abaayah. You may wear the Western dress as long as you have fulfilled the requirements of the modest attire prescribed for women in Islam. The absolute requirements of the Islamic attire for women include: covering the whole body except  the face, and hands and avoiding the tight-fit or transparent clothes: The purpose is to appear in public modestly, while not flaunting one's charm.

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