Bismillahir rahmanir raheem
InshaAllah, the next 2 posts will be about clothes but don’t go throwing everything away yet – that will come in the next post.
This is a subject that’s very close to my heart and I can imagine any new Muslimahs. As women, we are socially conditioned to follow fashion trends, new and old, to look a certain way to feel professional or to seemingly please ourselves.
Coco Chanel famously said, “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”
But what it means to dress impeccably has changed so much and continues to change with the social shifts in society, I can see how a Muslimah (or even a Muslim) would feel like they’re “behind with the times”.
Clothing in Islam is way more than hijab, but that’s not what you’re lead to believe before you come to the deen. I literally thought hijab was just the cloth on your head as I saw so many that interpreted it in that way and even this to begin with was very much a struggle. I remember the first day I tried to wear hijab, I didn’t make it to the end of my road subhanAllah! I thought everyone was staring at me thinking “Oh, she’s one of those Muslims now, covering herself because she thinks we all want to violate her body. Acting backwards and distrusting men because we’re all perverts.”
Everyday I struggled with myself to wear sleeves that were a little bit longer, maxi skirts instead of mini or pencil, slightly looser clothing as opposed to skin tight. This was me, struggling with the physical ideals imposed by society to fulfill my obligations to Allah swt.
Allah swt didn’t give us a “dress code” or guidelines to make you feel ugly, unattractive or to ‘hide you’ because you’re a walking talking fitna, but to elevate your status so you become more than the cloth on your back subhanAllah.
Hijab was revealed for men first, then women and in Surat an- Nur ayat 30, men are commanded to lower their gaze first before women. But you’d expect from the popular, mainstream narrative on hijab that women were the only ones that the hijab appliedto.
The conditions of hijab for women are as follows:
- Clothing should cover all of the body apart from that which is apparent. “That which is apparent” has been interpreted as a number of things but the majority of scholars are in agree that the hands can be visible. There is some debate about the face but there are opinions to support the niqab and some that indicate the face does not need to be covered. Allah swt knows best.
- The clothing should not be an adornment in itself. So put away those blinged up hijab pins and camel hump volumisers ladies, you don’t need them!
- The fabric should not be see through
- Clothing should be loose and not tight so individual body parts cannot be identified
- Perfume is not permissible
- Your clothes should not resemble men’s clothing
- Your clothing should not resemble that of the disbelievers
- Your clothes should not be worn for reasons of fame of vanity
So, if you love and respect Allah swt as you should, showing a bit of hair, wrist or ankle is NOT ok. We as Muslims need to unshackle ourselves from the mental oppression of society and hold firm to the rope of Allah swt and trust that He swt knows best. This is called tawakkul.
If you’d like more in depth articles on each condition of hijab, please do feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll try my best to include them inshaAllah.
Wasalaam – Peace Be Upon You