Islamic Dress Code


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Islamic Dress Code presentation, a pre-cursor lecture before the Art of Fashion show

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Islamic Dress Code

  1. 1. Islamic Dress Code MSA Spring 2009
  2. 2. What is Clothing? Articles worn to cover the body: apparel, attire, clothes, dress, garment, habiliment, raiment. Informal: dud, tog. Slang: thread. (Thesaurus Dictionary )
  3. 3. Why wear clothing? A few reasons… • To avoid bodily harm • Modesty and Privacy: cover own private parts • Socially unacceptable to go nude in public • To avoid tempting another to sin, cause an problematic situation or harassment
  4. 4. Clothing in the Qur’an “O children of Adam! We have sent down to you clothing to cover your nakedness and as an adornment, however, the best clothing is the clothing of piety. This is one of Allah’s revelations so that the people may learn a lesson.” (Translated by Muhammad Farooq-i-Azam Malik, Surah A'araf, Verse 26, Qur’an)
  5. 5. Points to Ponder Upon The most important points in the Hadith (narrative) of Prophet Mohammad regarding dressing are: 1) The clothes should conceal the body adequately. 2) They should impart dignity and good looks. 3) They should not fail to satisfy the requirements of adequate concealment of the body. 4) A woman must ensure that her clothing does not resemble that of men and vice-versa. 5) Nor should they be so ugly and clumsy that they mar the wearer's appearance. 6) Establish Islamic Identity.
  6. 6. Men and Women Clothing • For Men, it is obligatory to cover middle part of the body from navel to knee. • For women, it is obligatory to cover the entire body except hands and face. • These parts must never be exposed to any other person of the opposite sex (other than to a close family member- a mahram, or except in case of genuine need e.g. medical treatment). • The cloth must be neither see-through nor tight fitting. • Men are prohibited from wearing gold, or silk. • Moreover, when in presence of person of the same sex, rules regarding covering of awrah are relaxed, but still observed.
  7. 7. God mentions in the Qur'an: “O Prophet, tell thy wives and thy daughters and the women of the believers to draw over them their cloaks (veils). That in the least so that they be recognized and not be molested.” (Qur’an,Al-Ahzaab 33:59)
  8. 8. Women: Oppressed or Liberated? Respect Intellect Faith Personality Chastity Modesty Piety
  9. 9. Still not convinced?
  10. 10. Muslims Wear Modest Clothing because God orders to do so because they want to because they can and many other practical reasons