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Old 16-06-2008, 07:34 PM   #1
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Information Women's Dress Requirements

Women's Dress Requirements

Looseness
The dress must be loose enough so as not to describe the shape of a woman's body. A highly desirable way and commandment of Allah (SWT) of concealing the shape of a woman's figure is to wear a cloak over the garment. Allah (SWT) says in the Quran:

"O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies (i.e screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way). That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful! (Al-Ahzab 33:59)

Narrated Safiya bint Shaiba: Aisha (RA) used to say:

"When (the Verse): 'They should draw their veils over their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms,' was revealed, (the ladies) cut their waiste sheets at the edges and covered their faces with the cut pieces." (Sahih Al-Bukhari)


Thickness
The dress should be thick enough so as not to show the color of the skin it covers, or the shape of the body which it is supposed to hide.


Overall Appearance
The dress should not be such that it attracts men's attention to the woman's beauty with its design, flashiness of fabric or style. Dark colors should be worn.

In addition, Muslims should have their distinct personality and should differentiate their practices and appearances from non-Muslims. The dress should not be similar to what is known as male dress or apparel.

"Allah's Messenger (SAW) cursed the man who put on women's clothes and the woman who put on men's clothes."

It should not be a dress of fame, pride and vanity. Such fame may be sought by wearing excessively fancy dress as a status symbol, or an excessively ragged dress to gain others' admiration of one's selflessness. Both motives are improper by Islamic standards.

"And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bossoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands' fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands posess, or male servants free of ***ual desires, or small children who have no carnal knowledge of women; or that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye believers! Turn ye all together towards Allah in repentance, that ye may be successful. (Al Nur 24:31)

THE ISLAMIC HIJAB
"O Prophet! Tell thy wives and your daughters, and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies (i.e. screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way)?" (Al-Ahzab 33:59)

Narrated Safiya bint Shaiba: Aisha (RA) used to say,

"When (the verse): ?They should draw their veils over their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms,? was revealed, (the ladies) cut their waist sheets at the edges and covered their faces with the cut pieces." (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Vol. 6, Hadith No. 282).

The above Ayat in Al-Ahzab along with the Hadith of Aisha (RA) clearly proves that it is required for a Muslim woman to cover herself from head to toe as stated in the following Fatawa given by Shaikh Ibn Uthaimin:

The Islamic hijab is for the women to cover everything that is forbidden for her to expose. That is, she covers everything that she must cover. The first of those bodily parts that she must cover is her face. It is the source of temptation and the source of people desiring her. Therefore, the woman must cover her face in front of those men that are not Mahram (i.e. father, huband, etc.).

As for those who claim that Islamic hijab is to cover the head, shoulders, back, feet, shin and forearms while allowing her to uncover her face and hands, this is a very amazing claim. This is because it is well-known that the source of temptation and looking is the face. How can one say that the Shariah does no allow the exposure of the foot of the woman while it allows her to uncover her face?

It is not possible that there could be in the Esteemed, Wise and Noble Shariah a contradiction. Yet everyone knows that the temptation from uncovering the face is much greater than the temptation that results from the uncovering of the feet. Everyone also knows that the most sought after aspect of the woman for men is the face. If you told a prospective groom that a woman?s face is ugly but her feet are beautiful, he would not propose to such a woman.

However, if you told him that her face was beautiful but her hands, palms, or shins were less than beautiful, he would still propose to her. From this one can conclude that the face is the first thing that must be covered.

There are also evidences from the Book of Allah (SWT) and the Sunnah of our Prophet (SAW). There are also statements from the Companions, the leading Imams and the great scholars of Islam that indicate that it is obligatory for the woman to cover all of her body in the presence of non-Mahram men. This obviously indicates that it is obligatory upon the woman to cover her face in front of such men. - Shaikh Ibn Uthaimin

Is it legally permissible for a woman to uncover in front of her husband?s brothers or cousins? First, the brothers and cousins of the husband are not Mahram for his wife simply because they are his brothers or cousins. Therefore, it is not allowed for his wife to uncover in front of them what she cannot uncover in front of non-Mahram men. This is true even if they are very pious and trustworthy. Allah (SWT) has delineated whom a woman may expose her beauty to in verse Al-Nur 24:31.

Therefore, neither the brothers of the husband, nor the children of the brothers of the husband, nor the husband?s cousins are from that group, even though they are related to him. Allah (SWT) makes no distinction in this matter between pious people and others. This is safer for the honor of people. It also blocks the road to sin and evil. It is confirmed in an authentic Hadith that the Prophet (SAW) was asked about the male-in-laws and he (SAW) said,

"The in-laws are death." (Recorded by al-Bukhari and Muslim)
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Old 30-09-2008, 11:38 PM   #2
Waqas Ahmed
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Islam's give womens proud in their dress.
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