💐 Gentle reminder to myself and my sisters 💐
After our Eid celebrations on Sunday, I felt the need to remind my sisters of a matter that affects us. A matter that we have to constantly be reminding ourselves of because it’s our nature to love pretty things and to dress up. This is the Islamic dress code.
Mankind is very forgetful and makes a lot of mistakes. His own self (nafs) tells him to do evil and the Shaytaan tempts him to commit sin. When bodies get sick and are afflicted with disease, one has to find a doctor who can prescribe the appropriate medicine so that the body may be restored to full health.
Similarly, souls and hearts may be afflicted with the diseases of desire and doubt, so people do things which Allaah has forbidden.
Because the diseases of the heart are so many and cause the spread of evil and corruption, Allaah has enjoined the believers to treat these diseases, by enjoining that which is good and forbidding that which is evil.
If the ummah fails to do its duty of enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil, wrongdoing and corruption will spread throughout the ummah, and it will deserve the curse of Allaah. For Allaah cursed those among the Children of Israel who disbelieved because they failed in this important duty. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Those among the Children of Israel who disbelieved were cursed by the tongue of Dawood (David) and ‘Eesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary). That was because they disobeyed (Allaah and the Messengers) and were ever transgressing beyond bounds.
They used not to forbid one another from Al-Munkar (wrong, evildoing, sins, polytheism, disbelief) which they committed. Vile indeed was what they used to do [al-Maa’idah 5:78]
It is with this, that I remind myself first and you, that we as Muslim women have a dress code that has been prescribed for us. This is our protection from Allaah and an ibaadah to Him.
As women when we leave our homes we look in the mirror, it shouldn’t be to make sure I am looking nice enough but rather, am I covered fully.
This is our responsibility as Muslim women and as well for the mothers and fathers to make sure our daughters are covered properly especially the girls who have reached the age of puberty. We are guardians over them, we purchase their clothes, we wrap their khimars we check them to see that they are fully covered like us.
Now that Ramadhaan is over, we must remember how hard we tried to obey Allaah in that month, and that Allaah is to be obeyed in all His months. We have other months that are sacred where sinning in it is severe. So if we make ourselves accustomed to acting according to what we were commanded with, it won’t harm us which month we are in.
Therefor my reminder is basically for us to be reminded of our dress and the conditions for it’s correctness.
These conditions may be summarized as follows:
🌷The hijaab must cover her entire body
🌷It should be thick enough to conceal what is underneath it
🌷It should be loose-fitting, not tight
🌷It should not be so attractive as to call men’s attention to it
🌷It should not be perfumed
🌷It should not be a dress of fame and vanity (i.e., it should not be extravagant or excessively luxurious )
🌷It should not resemble the dress of men
🌷It should not resemble the dress of kaafir women.
Each of these conditions have either an ayah or hadith as evidence for it. Anyone requesting it , I will surely forward it Inshaaa Allaah.
May Allaah accept all our fasting, standing in extra prayer, charity, Duas , and other acts of righteousness seeking His Face.
May Allaah give us success in attaining the goal of fasting Ramadhaan, which was to Fear Allaah More, and this is by placing a barrier between ourselves and the punishment of Allaah by doing what he has commanded and staying away from what he has prohibited.
And may Allaah have mercy on us all. Aameen