I have heard this before but I have always misunderstood the fatwa, and now that I have read it english and in arabic I am confused. It seems to me, based on what I read, it is saying you should only remove it in the house of those close to you (mahrams and relatives) when there are no men around (of course) but you shouldn't remove it in other's people houses or for haflas or anything. So, I guess what I am trying to find out is whether this hadith refers to removing the clothes, the outergarments, or the hijab itself? Anyone have the sharh for this hadeeth?
ثبت في الحديث النهي عن خلع المرأة ملابسها خارج بيت زوجها ، فما المقصود بذلك ، وهل يجوز أن تخلعها في بيت أهلها أو أقاربها ؟ .
الحديث الذي رواه الإمام أحمد وابن ماجه والحاكم عن عائشة رضي الله عنها بلفظ : ( أيما امرأة وضعت ثيابها في غير بيت زوجها فقد هتكت ستر ما بينها وبين الله ) . ورواه أحمد والطبراني والحاكم والبيهقي عن أبي أمامة رضي الله عنه بلفظ : ( أيما امرأة نزعت ثيابها خرق الله عز وجل عنها ستره ) ومراده صلى الله عليه وسلم والله اعلم : منعها من التساهل في كشف ملابسها في غير بيت زوجها على وجه ترى فيه عورتها ، وتتهم فيه لقصد فعل الفاحشة ونحو ذلك ، أما خلع ثيابها في محل آمن ، كبيت أهلها ومحارمها لإبدالها بغيرها ، أو للتنفس ونحو ذلك من المقاصد المباحة البعيدة عن الفتنة – فلا حرج في ذلك .
وبالله التوفيق .
فتاوى اللجنة الدائمة للبحوث والإفتاء 17 / 224
It is proven in the hadeeth that a woman is forbidden to take off her clothes anywhere other than her husband's house. What is the purpose of that prohibition? Is she allowed to take off her clothes in the house of her own family or her relatives?.
Praise be to Allaah.
The hadeeth which was narrated by Imam Ahmad, Ibn Maajah and al-Haakim from `Aa'ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) says: "Any woman who takes off her clothes anywhere but in her husband's house has torn the veil that was between her and Allaah (i.e., He will expose her)."
A version that was narrated by Ahmad, al-Tabaraani, al-Haakim and al-Bayhaqi from Abu Umaamah (may Allaah be pleased with him) says: "Any woman who takes off her clothes, Allaah will tear His cover away from her (i.e., expose her)."
What the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) meant was to stop women treating as insignificant the matter of removing their clothes anywhere but in their husband's houses in such a manner that their `awrah can be seen and that they may be accused of intending to commit immoral actions and the like. As for taking off their clothes in a safe place, such as in her family's house or her mahram's house, to change her clothes and the like, or to relax etc and for other permissible purposes that are far removed from fitnah, there is nothing wrong with that.
And Allaah is the Source of strength.
Al-Lajnah al-Daa'imah li'l-Buhooth al-`Ilmiyyah wa'l-Ifta', 17/224.