Islamic Dress Code

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The confrontations or clash of civilsations, as is gaining popularity in the West, is because of Ignorance of the West about Islamic culture, traditions and Beliefs (faith).

As the West does not understand," Islamic point of view:" the Muslims are Ignorant about the Western Values of Ethics, Culture and Modesty. It is therefore necessary to exchange the views of each other without prejudice and try to respect and tolerate each other's behavior within social limits.

First, let us see what is the Devine guidance, in Noble Qu'ran, about Dressing:

I will not quote interpretation that will take long time (to consult and quote), instead, I will suffice to give the bottom line as desired.

WHEN ADAM AND EVE  WERE DECEIVED BY DEVIL, THEY LOST THEIR DRESSES WHICH WERE PROVIDED TO THEM FROM HEAVENS. THEREFORE, THEY COMMENCED TO COVER THEIR PRIVATE PARTS WITH THE LEAVES OF PARADISE. THEN THE LORD ALMIGHTY ASKED THEM:" DID I NOT CAUTIONED YOU: NOT EAT FROM THAT PLANT!"

The following is but a part of commandments on Dressings for the Muslims.(script , taken from RIAZ-US-SALHEEN.)

Allah Almighty says, "Children of Adam! We have sent down clothing to you to conceal your private parts, and fine apparel, and the garment of Godfearing - that is best!" (W7:25; H7:26) and the Almighty says, "He has made shirts for you to protect you from the heat and shirts to protect you from each other's violence." (16:82)

779. Ibn 'Abbas reported that the Messenger of Allah, (PBUH), said, "Wear white clothes. They are among the best clothes you have, and shroud your dead in it." [Abu Dawud and at-Tirmidhi]

782. Abu Juhayfa Wahb ibn 'Abdullah said, "I saw the Prophet, (PBUH), in Makka while he was at al-Batha in a red leather tent. Bilal came up with his wudu' water. Some people wet themselves [with it] and some got some of it from the others. The Prophet, (PBUH), came out wearing a red cloak - it is as if I could still see the whiteness of his legs - and did wudu'. Bilal gave the adhan and I followed his mouth to and fro as he was saying to the right and left, 'Come to the prayer. Come to success.' Then a short spear was set upright for him. He went forward and prayed. Dogs and donkeys passed in front of him without obstructing the prayer." [Agreed upon] ( Muslim/Bukhari)

This is just to show the importance of dress, for Muslims. Now, coming back to the clash of civilisations, let us see what is the difference between, the views of the people of the World (particularly - the West) & Islam:

THE WORLD, has a view that the dress should add to glamour, fashion, smartness and beauty, besides it should be comfortable, and protector from atmospheric hazards.

In this case there is no considerations of Modesty and they are not shy and interact male and female on equal terms in any place, any time.

While Muslims have their own ethics, modesty value and shyness (Shame) and are forbidden to inter-mix male with female and vice versa.

Shame is something built in the behaviors of Muslims due to environmental and social factors  &  DRESS CODE, is instructed to Muslims in Holy Qu'ran  & in the Quotes of the Messenger (p.b.u.h)  and as such a Muslim is obliged to act as obedient servant of Almighty Lord.

Now, let us look at a glance; the MAIN FEATURES of dressing requirements (Islamic)

1 Next to entry in Islam, by declaring Only and One Lord, one has to immediately follow the minimum of required Dress-up:

For Male:

Minimum: To cover Private Parts  (i.e. Belly Button to knees), so as to avoid the measurement of private Part.

For Female:

To cover hole Body from Tip to Toe:

She has two stages of Dress Code:

  1. At Home; within family: Body Covered, Head Gear, Hands covered till Wrists &Legs till Ankels.
  2. Out Door: She must wear Hijab or Warp around head to legs in such a way that

Her face and body including legs can not be measured ( should be Loose ).

The dress code prescribed is a deterrent for evil desires of intermixing of Male/Females frequently and freely.

Thus Dressing, is a safety and protection against rapists.

Feroz Ahmed Bawany goal is to increase my knowledge and to understand the only civilized creations of Almighty Lord are HUMAN. He is a regular contributer to TRCB.com.

 

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