Islam is one of those religions that covers all the aspects of life. It has rules, regulations for everything in a Muslim’s life including rules for clothing. Islam states code for both men and women related to their dressing. Islam believes that Muslims should protect themselves from things that are either not permitted in the religion or considered a sin. Things that we are exposed to affect us mentally, physically and spiritually. That is why Islam has dress code to promote modest dressing in the society.
Dress codes in Islam ensures that people live their life with modesty, dignity, respect and honor. Dress code applies to both men and women.
Dress code for women
For females, wearing a hijab is not compulsory, though it is important to hide body parts that should not be shown to anyone else but their husbands or mahram. By mahram we mean those people who are directly related to you, like people with blood relations, marriages etc. Females are allowed to uncover their hair, face, arms, hands, legs from below the knee and feet while they are in the company of their mahrams. For women, mahrams are her father, father-in-law, step father, grandfather, step grandfather, son, step son, grandson, brother, uncles and nephews.
- Women are not allowed to show any body parts other than their hands or face. All the other parts of the body should be completely covered in hijab.
- The clothes should be tight or transparent in any way. If a female wears transparent or translucent clothes, body parts are visible through them, which is not permissible in Islam. In tight clothes, the body parts may not be visible, but it displays the body shape.
- Wearing clothes that attract people of opposite sex is also banned in Islam.
- No matter how beautiful body or face a Muslim female has, she is not supposed to wear clothing that is used for gaining popularity or fame in a way forbidden by Islam.
- A female is not allowed to use a perfume on the body or clothes, especially at the time of praying. Wearing perfumes can distract her from praying and also attract other people(men).
- Every culture has their own clothing styles. Female clothing in Muslims should not be similar to clothing of non Muslim people.
- Females are allowed to dress like men. They should wear dresses that displays modesty and dignity in women.
- Though females are allowed to put on makeup and wear jewelry, they are not allowed to display them to everyone.
Dress code for men
Just like females have a dress code, men also have a dress code:
- Naval to the knees should be covered properly because that is the awrah or the body parts that must be covered.
- Dressing of males should not resemble that of non Muslims or atheists.
- A male should not wear dresses below ankles.
- Wearing gold or silk is forbidden for men, though females are allowed to wear them.
- Males are not allowed to dress up like females.
- Just like in case of females, men are not allowed to wear dresses that are transparent or very tight.
Both men and women should be thankful when they wear something new, no matter how small it is.
Women’s thoughts on Hijab
According to some women, wearing a hijab is something that makes them feel safer. They believe that when they are wearing a hijab they are respected and feel protected. They believe that it prevents people with bad intentions to have a look at their bodies and makes females more confident about themselves.
Though there are many females who are in support of hijab and dress code, there are females who also believe that wearing a hijab makes them uncomfortable and hinders their freedom.
Islam has just given a way for Muslims to live a life of modesty and honor. By hijab, it doesn’t mean just a piece of cloth, but decent clothing that maintains the dignity of a woman. It is not only the women who are supposed to dress modestly, but men too as they are equally responsible for maintaining peace and good social values.