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The Islamic Dress Code

sahar 2012/02/10 14:45:28
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What
would you think of a home that provided no shelter and no privacy? What
would you think of a meal that provided no nourishment and no energy?
It does not take much to realize that if one were in the business of
selling any of these he would go bankrupt very quickly. Yet, amazingly
the rules seem to be different when it comes to another basic need:
clothing, especially women's clothing. Every year fashion centers in
Europe and America come up with the latest designs. And what have they
designed? Another way of not covering the body; the dress equivalent of
the home that provides no shelter and no privacy.

One might ask,
if a person did not want to cover themselves why would they buy
anything, least of all expensive fashions, to achieve that? If we think
about it, we may see the tension between two forces. All human beings
(except for the handful of deviants who call themselves naturalists)
have an inborn sense of shame. People of all religions agree on the need
to cover themselves in public. Yet we also find a force that promotes
nudity. Large segments of humanity are caught between two impulses: to
cover or not to cover. Our clothing designs reflect different levels of
compromise between these opposing forces.

Why? What is going on?
impulses cover cover clothing designs reflect levels compromise opposing forcesScience
cannot answer the question. It cannot trace the origins of forces that
take place deep in our mind. In addition, most of the scientific
establishment is still dominated by the followers of Mr. Darwin and
Darwinism is a system of belief not science. Their beliefs keep them
from dealing honestly with a simple fact: while all other animals have a
skin that provides them protection against the elements, human beings
don't. Monkeys can live without clothing, human beings cannot.

The
Qur'an answers the question. Our bodies did not develop our skin--- so
thin and fur free that it requires external covering for
protection---because of some unexplained evolutionary accident. Our
Creator designed it this way so we will always need clothing. He also
put in us the sense of shame that forces us to cover ourselves. On the
other hand, the first act of Satan was to cause Adam and Eve to expose
themselves: "So by deceit he brought about their fall: when they tasted
of the tree, their shameful parts became manifest to them, and they
began to sew together the leaves of the Garden over their bodies."
[Al-A'raf 7:22]. This is the source of the tension we see. Two opposing
forces. Good and evil.

With that background we can understand the
importance of clothing. "Oh Children of Adam! We have bestowed raiment
upon you to cover your shame as well as to be an adornment to you. But
the raiment of righteousness---that is the best." [Al-A'raf 7:26]. The
address here is to all humanity, emphasizing thereby the universal human
need to cover ourselves properly. The Qur'an then warns that Satan was
not finished after his first attempt: "Oh Children of Adam! Let not
Satan seduce you in the same manner as he got your parents out of the
Garden, stripping them of their raiment, to expose their shame."
[Al-A'raf 7:27].

seduce manner parents garden stripping raiment expose shame al-araf 727Once
we realize the nature of the dress issue, it is natural that we should
turn to our Creator to seek guidance for the proper dress code. Qur'an
and Sunnah have provided ample guidance on the subject which can be
summarized in four essential principles.

1. Our dress must cover
our body adequately. Again we cannot determine what is adequate coverage
on our own, as any witness to the misery of those who have tried it can
readily ascertain. Shar'iah, as always, takes us out of this misery by
defining it for us. For men, it is the middle part of the body from
navel to knee. For women, it is the entire body except hands and face.
These parts must never be exposed to any other person (except in case of
genuine need e.g. medical treatment). In addition, the cloth must be
neither see-through nor tight fitting.


2.
Our dress should provide adornment. It should provide for decent
appearance. Our appearance should not be an eyesore for decent human
beings. For men, this extends the coverage requirements to include most
of the body. For women, the essential requirement is that their dress
should identify them as respectable ladies who would be honored not
harassed. Additionally, hijab rules aim at protecting them from the gaze
of other men.

3. Our dress should establish our Islamic
identity. At the least it should not identify us as followers of another
religion. But, additionally it should positively identify us as
Muslims.

establish islamic identity identify followers religion additionally positively identify muslims4.
The design of our dress must avoid three deadly sins: show off,
arrogance, and self indulgence. These are very serious diseases of the
heart in their own right that we must avoid at all times. Our garments
provide an easy opportunity to nurture them. Hence the need to be extra
cautious. One Hadith states "Eat what you feel like and wear what you
feel like. But avoid two things: extravagance and arrogance." [Bukhari].
At the risk of stating the obvious one should be reminded that this
Hadith establishes an overriding concern that limits our choices within
the realm of what is considered halal. It does not do away with the
distinction between halal and haram.

As one implication of this
general requirement, men are also required not to wear their lower
garments below the ankle. (Many well-meaning Muslims today have been
persuaded that this is a petty issue. This misgiving can be put to rest
in a hurry if we just refer to the Hadith of Jabir bin Sulaym,
Radi-Allahu anhu, in Abu Dawood. He asked the Prophet, Sall-Allahu
alayhi wa sallam for some advice when leaving him after his very first
meeting. Of the six pieces of advice given him one was: "Never let your
lower garment go below the ankles because that is arrogance. And Allah
does not like arrogance." Another was "Never belittle a good deed.")

Islam
has not prescribed a particular dress style, giving us ample room to
accommodate our needs, circumstances, and tastes. However, these
principles are for everyone and forever. Any garment that accommodates
these principles will be Islamic dress. This is Islamic formula to dress
for success… Eternal success.

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  • thepastord 2012/04/27 13:54:08
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    thepastord
    I am all for not over exposing, but I hardly think ALL the fashion options = that. If you want to be wrapped up like a Corn Dog, it is fine with me, but a head to toe covering isn't going to cut it with me, I simply can not tolerate the heat....................... Never mind the feeling of being in a straight jacket while trying to accomplish any form of work of exercise.

    Feel free to wrap/drape etc....... I will pass, and I really find no need for this kind of information.... Perhaps, some will find it good, but necessary? :+)
  • ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾ 2012/04/25 13:12:49 (edited)
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    ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾
    +2


    Christianity used to be the EXACT Same Way for Centuries
    The Bible is Very Biased against Women

    The Bible says women should cover thier Face like a Burka

    1 Corinthians 11:5

    And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head--it is just as though her head were shaved.


    1 Cor. 14:34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

    Exodus 21:10 God ordains men taking several wives and even sets up laws as to how multiple wives should be handled.


    Leviticus 18:19 Goes onto say that even LOOKING at a menstruating woman is wrong

    Leviticus 27:3-7 God places a dollar value on human life; with women worth less than men.

    Deuteronomy 22:5 Women that wear men’s clothing are an “abomination unto the Lord.” Mabon
  • Lady Wh... ☥☽✪☾DAW... 2012/04/27 10:01:40
    Lady Whitewolf
    +1
    Hear ya DAW!
  • Aksana 2012/04/25 13:07:27
    good informations
    Aksana
    Thanks
  • -(*PeacE4LovE*)- 2012/04/25 11:54:10
  • Lady Wh... -(*Peac... 2012/04/27 10:02:42
    Lady Whitewolf
    +1
    Get mental help - NOW
  • Lady Whitewolf 2012/02/11 14:12:54
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    Lady Whitewolf
    +3
    PERSONAL CHOICE....

    If you don't like the way we live / dress and so forth, GO HOME.
  • sahar Lady Wh... 2012/02/11 14:17:33
    sahar
    i am in my home
    i like your way of life and i respect it
    some of my family life in U S A
    but the life there by Islamic way
    so no problem if i give you some information about my life
    if you want read it or leave it
  • -(*Peac... Lady Wh... 2012/04/25 11:58:56
    -(*PeacE4LovE*)-
    No Whitewolf - She is not insisting you to accept our ISLAMIC CODE of Dressing - but presenting like you Guyz presents your so called Western Modernization -

    If you seems its offensive its your problem but its not insist either .



    Yeah to you ur personal Choices & to Us ours -
  • Lady Wh... -(*Peac... 2012/04/25 12:37:47
    Lady Whitewolf
    +1
    Whatever... Sorry, but islam has come out of THE STONE AGE.
  • ☥☽✪☾DAW... Lady Wh... 2012/04/25 13:16:06
    ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾
    +2
    Christianity used to be the EXACT Same Way for Centuries
    The Bible is Very Biased against Women

    The Bible says women should cover thier Face like a Burka

    1 Corinthians 11:5

    And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head--it is just as though her head were shaved.


    1 Cor. 14:34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

    Exodus 21:10 God ordains men taking several wives and even sets up laws as to how multiple wives should be handled.


    Leviticus 18:19 Goes onto say that even LOOKING at a menstruating woman is wrong

    Leviticus 27:3-7 God places a dollar value on human life; with women worth less than men.

    Deuteronomy 22:5 Women that wear men’s clothing are an “abomination unto the Lord.” Mabon
  • ☥☽✪☾DAW... Lady Wh... 2012/04/25 13:17:10
    ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾
    +2
    Oh hai Im DAW
    my lady White Wolf this is for you
    Women should be Free to show themselves off as the Goddess that they are
    Oh hai Im DAW
  • Lady Wh... ☥☽✪☾DAW... 2012/04/27 10:03:34
    Lady Whitewolf
    +2
    THANKIES DAW!! Maybe I'm not a supermodel, but I'm NOT ashamed of being female!
  • Pat ☥☽✪☾DAW... 2012/04/27 13:42:05
    Pat
    +1
    Beautiful!
  • ☥☽✪☾DAW... Pat 2012/04/27 13:44:42
    ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾
    +2
    There is nothing more Beautiful than the body of a Woman which is why it has been put into Art and Statues and even Worshipped for thousands of years
  • -(*Peac... Lady Wh... 2012/04/27 08:50:22
    -(*PeacE4LovE*)-
    Stone Age - pretending Naked in the form of Goddess , the Satanic Philosophies - is that what you called Modernization - sorry to say , Your thoughts are burying u in "Stone Age" - where there is no difference between Animals & Humans - even Animals are far better than that -



    Islam is / was / will be the Modernize Stage of Living in Past / Present / & Future - it has same commandments which Bible - Torah - & Previous Bookswhich presented & with the SAME MESSAGE which is changed in the Previous Books by Man...



    Watever you are in the Depth of Darkness - & to you ur ideas & to me Mine -

    Peace
  • Lady Wh... -(*Peac... 2012/04/27 10:00:43
    Lady Whitewolf
    +2
    Not in "darkness" at all... Am I in "darkenss" just because I'm FEMALE? Sorry, that don't float.

    And I am Pagan / Native American. ANd BOTH cultures revered the feminine as being equal to the masculine. Your so-called "modern" islam DON'T!!

    Nice try, but FAIL.
  • ☥☽✪☾DAW... Lady Wh... 2012/04/27 13:35:01 (edited)
    ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾
    +2
    if anyone is worshipping Satan its the Abraham Worshippers
    they worship a god that tells them to kill enslave and Rape women and children

    We have Goddess and Gods of Peace Justice Liberty Freedom and our Gods and Goddess tell us no one should be a slave to anyone and Everyone should have Equal rights
  • Lady Wh... ☥☽✪☾DAW... 2012/04/27 14:51:55
    Lady Whitewolf
    +1
    SO true!
  • -(*Peac... Lady Wh... 2012/04/28 15:04:33
    -(*PeacE4LovE*)-
    are 100 Gods are better or One Supreme God ?

    Peace Justice Liberty Freedom is under one supreme GOD my friends...



    Not 100 GODS but ONE GOD .
  • ☥☽✪☾DAW... Lady Wh... 2012/04/27 13:37:00
    ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾
    +1
    Homosexuality is Found in over 1500 Animal Speices
    but Homophobia is only found in one the human Speices
    which one seems more unnatural ?
  • -(*Peac... Lady Wh... 2012/04/28 15:31:36
    -(*PeacE4LovE*)-
    Dnt be Like Fire-Fly my Friends ... Do you not ever watch a Fire-Fly which gather around beautiful Lightning or Fire & in the end Burn in its Flames & Heat ... That the Signs of God ... People acts like a Fire-fly and make there Mentality Philosophies from there MIND - not BY GOD ... & if you see the Signs of GOD - you will believe in ONE SUPREME ...

    Dnt be like Fire-fly - but majority dnt take HEED...
  • Zervur 2012/02/11 01:23:02
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    Zervur
    +1
    Do you think dress should be a choice or do you think it should be regulated?
  • -(*Peac... Zervur 2012/04/25 12:00:49
    -(*PeacE4LovE*)-
    If every people think like you my friend , then the time will come when People naked walk along roads & markets ... & just WRATH of GOD will end this whole Matter ... Slowly Slowly we are moving to our Ends... End Of Moralities .
  • Zervur -(*Peac... 2012/04/25 22:35:20
    Zervur
    +1
    What in the world are you talking about? I asked a question.
  • Lady Wh... -(*Peac... 2012/04/27 10:04:45
    Lady Whitewolf
    Your "god" can take his "wrath" and stick it where the Sun don't shine. Tell him to GROW UP.
  • Reality-Check 2012/02/10 19:39:30
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    Reality-Check
    [comment removed] Code of Conduct violation prohibits commenting


    Inshallah
  • Lady Wh... Reality... 2012/02/11 14:13:43
    Lady Whitewolf
    lolz!
  • ALofRI 2012/02/10 16:10:43
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    ALofRI
    +2
    Whhy would anyone want to cover beauty more than necessary?? Why do mature WOMEN have to cover all but their eyes, and sometimes even more than that?? Why do ...er..."MEN"...beat them if they show more?? Jealousy? An overdose of IN-security?? Of superiority complex? A way to show their "power" over what they consider the "weaker sex"? To prevent being "shown up" by that "weaker sex, (many WOULD be). Here again is a reason I detest religions! A shelter without privacy? Many people have lived in shelters without privacy for centuries and are probably much happier than these "sheltered women".
  • Lady Wh... ALofRI 2012/02/11 14:11:28
    Lady Whitewolf
    +1
    E X C E L L E N T !!!
  • Lady Wh... Lady Wh... 2012/02/11 14:14:16
    Lady Whitewolf
    +1
    P.S..... that is why I'm Pagan!
  • ALofRI Lady Wh... 2012/03/11 14:20:08
    ALofRI
    +1
    Me too, Pagan, Diest, My only GOD is the "Natural GOD" embraced by nearly all of our most prominent forefathers, most of whom loathed the Christian GOD, had had enough of that in Europe and wanted out of that dangerous thinking here.
  • Lady Wh... ALofRI 2012/03/11 14:32:48
    Lady Whitewolf
    I'm more like my Cherokee ancestors..... I revere Mother Earth.
  • -(*Peac... ALofRI 2012/04/27 08:54:41
    -(*PeacE4LovE*)-
    Natural God give Covering to Fruits , Bodies , the Sky , the EARTH for its protection - so you should obey the "Natural God" & Cover yourself as well - no room for Naked Men & Women becoz NATURE is not NAKED Either -



    Mother Earth is Covered - Sky is Covered - Animals are covered EVEN - so Respect "Natural GOD" & your urself too - if you say your words so believe & Obey it ...
  • Lady Wh... ALofRI 2012/04/27 10:05:15
    Lady Whitewolf
    HEAR YA!!
  • NANA 2012/02/10 15:21:10
    good informations
    NANA
    +1
    as a Muslim woman i totally agree about the point that fashion these days r less covering
    as i once told a friend the cloth factory have a huge shortage of material that's why the dresses r too too revealing ... ;)
  • sahar NANA 2012/02/10 15:24:11
    sahar
    +1
    u r right
    thank you nana for sharing
  • Lady Wh... NANA 2012/02/11 14:15:10
    Lady Whitewolf
    +2
    Oh puh-leeze.... people are just getting tired of religion regualting EVERY LITTLE ASPECT of their lives....
  • NANA Lady Wh... 2012/02/12 06:37:10
    NANA
    +1
    will we r not forcing any one to accept our "RELIGION REGULATING" but as a human being and as a woman i don't believe u really go out in the street and wearing almost nothing??!!

    I really don't know u and i don't force anyone into any of my beliefs or opinion... after all SH is about sharing them not forcing them ...

    wish u a good day Lady whitewolf
  • Dead Gi... NANA 2012/03/11 12:04:18
    Dead Girl Superstar!
    +1
    I enjoy wearing jeans and a t-shirt/tank top.
    I enjoy teasing my hair.
    I love my hair, and I like to show it off to people, because it is the part of me that I love best.
    I like wearing crazy makeup, and bright colors.
    I like form fitting clothes.
    I enjoy people seeing that I am skinny.
    I would hate to wear what you girls wear.

    You seem to consider jeans and a t-shirt 'almost nothing'?

    That is SO wrong.
    And you saying that offends me.

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