Some sisters assume that since they are properly covered,
its okay for them to sit around and talk, laugh, joke, etc.
with the men, but thats not right, even if he is the Shaikh.Allaah says: “. . .
then be not soft in speech,
lest he in whose heart is a disease should be moved with desire, but speak in an honorable manner.” [al-Ahzaab:32]
So talk to them when there is a specific need, and in a manner that is not necessarily rude, yet it is polite but firm.
Staring at the brothers or checking them out is NOT Hijaab;
Allaah orders us to lower your gaze in the above verse. Why? Because a single look can say more than a thousandwords.
So, even if you are properly covered, keep those eyes down, conduct yourself with Hayaa, and avoid fitnahChatting on the internet/phone is not part of Hijaab;It is haraam for a man or woman to listen to each others words with enjoyment, for fear of fitnah (temptation)
There is no such thing as were just friends.
Talking to non-Mahrams is wrong even if it is through the internet ortelephone.
There are too many stories of illegal relationships, fornications, broken homes, extra-marital affairs and runaway brides to even mention.
That is why inIslam anything that leads to haraam is also haraam.
ALLAH says:Do not (even) come close to fornication, for it is an indecency, and its way is evil.