Cover Your Body

The modern world has gradually headed away from the Way of Nature towards unnatural paths that are inevitably leading to the annihilation of the human race itself. The moral concepts which the Western world adopted a century and a half ago have already resulted in the disruption of family life, and produced licentiousness and sexual anarchy to the extent hitherto unknown in history. The nudist trends in the West, manifesting themselves in the “Bikini” and the “birthday suit”, should surprise nobody as they are the logical outcome of the so-called movements launched for the rights and emancipation of woman.Nudity,Sexually provocative dresses,and Pornography are rampant.The Qur’an, which contains the remedy for every moral disease, has the anti-dote to the above mentioned moral epidemic. It asserts that the urge to clothe oneself modestly and conceal one’s shameful parts is innate within man.As we read in Qur’an:

“O children of Adam, We have bestowed upon you clothing to conceal your private parts and as adornment. But the clothing of righteousness – that is best. That is from the signs of Allah that perhaps they will remember. O children of Adam, let not Satan tempt you as he removed your parents from Paradise, stripping them of their clothing to show them their private parts…..” [Qur’an 7:26-27]

Allah reminds His servants that He has given them Libas and Rish. Libas refers to the clothes that are used to cover the private parts, while Rish refers to the outer adornments used for purposes of beautification. Therefore, the first type is essential while the second type is complimentary. Allah warns the Children of Adam against Iblis and his followers, by explaining about his ancient enmity for the father of mankind, Adam peace be upon him. Iblis plotted to have Adam expelled from Paradise, which is the dwelling of comfort, to the dwelling of hardship and fatigue (this life) and caused him to have his private part uncovered, after it had been hidden from him. This, indeed, is indicative of deep hatred (from Shaytan towards Adam and mankind).

The two verses mentioned above indicates that it’s only Satan and his army entice you to become nude and expose your private parts in Public so that others can see your body parts.And this is what is happening now in todays society where we see Women and young girls are wearing sexually provocative outfits and exposes their body parts in public to seek attention of Men.And lots of feminist organisation are calling women to practice NUDITY, and even walk topless in street and go nude in other places.As we know under Satan’s influence people will have no inhibition about the immodest exposure of the private parts of their body in public.Mankind, which is the progeny of Adam, is warned against this particular aspect of Satanic influence on their lives. When men and women show indifference to God’s Guidance and turn away from the Message of the Prophets, they virtually place themselves at the mercy of Satan. For it is Satan who makes them abandon way’s that are consistent with true human nature and who leads them to immodesty in the same way he did with Adam and Eve. Were man to reflect on this, it would become quite evident that when he is deprived of the guidance of the Prophets, he cannot even appreciate, let alone fulfil, the primary requirements of his true nature.

The need to cover oneself is not an artificial urge in man; rather it is an important dictate of human nature. Unlike animals, God did not provide man with the protective covering that He provided to animals. God rather endowed man with the natural instincts of modesty and bashfulness. Moreover, the private parts of the body are not only, related to sex, but also constitute ‘sawat’ that is, something the exposure of which is felt to be shameful. Also, God did not provide man with a natural covering in response to man’s modesty and bashfulness, but has inspired in him (see verse 7:26) the urge to cover himself. This is in order that man might use his reason to understand the requirements of his nature, use the resources made available by God, and provide himself a dress.

Man instinctively knows that the moral purpose behind the use of dress takes precedence over the physical purpose. Hence the idea that man should resort to dress in order to cover his private parts precedes the mention of dress as a means of providing protection and adornment to the human body. In this connection man is altogether different from animals, With regard to the latter, the natural covering that has been granted serves to protect them from the inclemencies of weather and also to beautify their bodies. However, that natural covering is altogether unrelated to the purpose of concealing their sexual organs. The exposure of those organs is not a matter of shame for them and hence their nature is altogether devoid of the urge to cover them. However, as men fell prey to Satanic influences, they developed a false and unhealthy notion about the function of dress. They were led to believe that the function of dress for human beings is no different from that for animals, viz., to protect them from the inclemencies of weather and to make them look attractive. As for concealing the private parts of the body, the importance of that function has been belittled. For men have been misled into believing that their private parts are, in fact, like other organs of their body. As in the case of animals, there is little need for human beings to conceal their sex organs.The ‘haya’ that every human being is born with is seen as something to be treasured.To this end Islam has a dress code for both women and men. Its purpose is to protect the society as a whole and promote modest dressing and behaviour. It creates a barrier between the sexes and allows us to conduct our lives with modesty, dignity and respect.

Some of the Hadees on Modesty from our Prophet ﷺ are :

The Prophet ﷺ said: “Modesty (Al-Haya’) is a branch of Faith” [Sunan an-Nasa’i 5006].

Also,

Ibn ‘Umar said, “Modesty and belief are together. If one of them is removed, the other is removed.” [Al-Adab Al-Mufrad Book 56, Hadith 1313]

Narrated Abu Mas`ud: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, ‘One of the sayings of the early Prophets which the people have got is: If you don’t feel ashamed (from Haya’: pious shyness from committing religeous indiscretions) do whatever you like.” [Sahih al-Bukhari 6120]

The Qur’an also emphasizes that it is not enough for the dress to cover the private parts and to provide protection and adornment to the human body. Man’s dress ought to be the dress of piety. This means that a man’s dress ought to conceal his private parts. It should also render a man reasonably presentable – the dress being neither too shabby and cheap nor overly expensive and extravagant relative to his financial standing. Nor should dress smack of pride or hauteur, or reflect that pathological mental state in which men prefer characteristically feminine dresses and vice versa; or that the people belonging to one nation mimic people of other nations so as to resemble them, thereby becoming a living emblem of collective humiliation and abasement.The dress shouldn’t be skimpy and form fitting as to reveal the shape and curves of body parts.The dress code of Muslim women can be found in Qur’an 24:31 and 33:59.And Men’s dress code can be found in Quran 24:30.

 

For Men’s dress Code see: https://islamqa.info/en/36891

For Women’s dress Code: http://islam.ru/en/content/story/dress-code-muslim-women

The Qur’anic ideal can only be achieved by those who truly believe in the Prophets and sincerely try to follow God’s Guidance. For as soon as man decides to reject God’s Guidance, Satan assumes his patronage and by one means or another manages to lead him into error after error.The question of dress constitutes one of the numerous signs of God which is visible virtually throughout the world. When the facts mentioned above are carefully considered it will be quite clear as to why dress is an important sign of God.

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