Islamic Wisdom: Islamic fashion

Fashion Impact Society

Fashion has entered our lives and taken a very important spot in our lives. The social facets of life are influenced by fashion. Fashion plays a major role in social activism for centuries, From birth to death, fashion is the utmost.

Whereas this picture creates a different image of me in front of others. This is what fashion has done to us over the course of years. Could be good or could be bad.

First of all fashion trends are making people go wild. Literally, not everyone but some are getting the wrong ideas. Fashion is a whole other story when things start to be an issue. Because not everyone can afford the real thing and people want to look and feel good.

Islam is the complete code of life

Islam is a religion not in the meaning of the west which is termed the religion is something between believer and God. Islam is a religion that organizes all aspects of life on both individual and collective levels. Islam is a constituent part of life. It tells us how to manage all activities of life in a sound and ethical way.

Fashion in Islam:

The manner of dress and fashion of Muslims has drawn great attention in recent years, Islam gives guidance about all aspects of life, including matters of public decency.

Islamic Perspective on Modest Dress:

In Islam, both men and women are required to dress modestly. The basic principle presented in Qur’an about the dress is that of modesty yet, interestingly, the Qur’an is really not that explicit about the exact definition of modest dress. According to the Qur’anic verses, Muslims are advised to cover their body and put on their modest outer garments in a way that enables them to avoid harassment. In addition, Muslim women are advised not to draw attention to their “beauty” (zeenah).

“O children of Adam, We have bestowed upon you clothing to conceal what should be concealed, and as a fine adornment — and the garment of righteousness, that is best.” (Al-A’rāf 7:26)

Allah has mentioned here reasons for clothing: to cover the body and conceal what should not be revealed in public, and to beautify the body so the person looks better. Islamic clothing is known for its modesty. A Muslim is allowed wear whichever clothes he wishes so long as they are modest, free from impurities, not made from forbidden materials, and within textual guidelines. Textual guidelines mean that it must abide by the commandments of the Qur’an and Prophetic Tradition.

“Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to wrap their outer garments (the jilbāb) around themselves. That is more suitable so that they will be known as pious women, and not be harassed.” (Al-Ahzāb 33:59)

Women are also told not to display their finery. This means that the dress is meant to protect the wearer from harassment and to prevent one from becoming obsessed with pride in one’s outward appearance. It is also a way Muslims can develop a society that respects the boundaries between men and women.

“and they are to draw their veils (khumur) over their heads and chests (juyūb) and not to reveal their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husband’s fathers, their sons, their husband’s sons, their brothers or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons…” (An-Nūr 24:31)

Allah instructed the men,

“To lower their gaze from looking at women with desire other than their wives, and to protect themselves from fornication. That is purer for them.” (An-Nūr 24:30)

Men are commanded to dress modestly in loose garments that do not reveal what is between their navel and knees. All lower garments such as trousers or long shirts (i.e. thawb) must be above the ankles just as the Prophet (PBUH) has commanded,

“What is below the ankles of a lower garment will be in the Fire.” (Reported by Al-Bukhārī, no. 793)

And he said,

“The lower garment of the believer should come to the mid-calf, but there is no sin on him if it comes between that point and the ankle. But whatever is lower than the ankle is in the Fire.”

And he said three times,

“Allah will not look at the one who lets his lower garment drag on the floor out of vanity.” (Reported by Ibn Mājah, no. 3704)

The Prophet (PBUH) said:

“When a woman reaches the age of adolescence, it is not correct that she displays any part of her body except this and this — and he pointed to his face and hands.” (Abu Dawood 4104)

This hadeeth is a clear proof that a woman is obligated to cover her whole body. The rules of modesty are legislated and ordained by Allah, not dictated by the whims of people.

Most people are interested to know about it even on different social media apps like Twitter, Instagram, Medium, and Quora where different people ask different questions about Islam. Anyway, I try my best to help them and also clear those misconceptions that most people have and also those Muslims as well who have less knowledge or are misguided and come and follow the path of righteousness of Allah.

Islamic Perspective on Modern Fashion:

Islamic fashion as a phenomenon stemmed from the combination of a set of Islamic practices in which Both men and women need to cover a specific set of body parts is present and some other rules which I mentioned above.

But according to religious teachings and a set of rules whatever is permissible or prohibited, all Muslims must follow these rules.

An important aspect of religion that must be observed is the Islamic code of clothing for both men and women. The appearance is a symbol of what one has in his or her heart.

Islam allows fashion but within certain limits and provisions.

The unique Islamic code of dress is one of many things that differentiates Muslims and Non-Muslims. Islam does not restrict anyone to wear good clothes or practicing fashion. What it restricts is not wearing such clothes that do not cover the body in a decent manner.

“O Prophet! Say to your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers that they let down upon them their over garments; this will be more proper, that they may be known, and thus they will not be given trouble; and Allah is Forgiving and Merciful” (Surah Al Ahzaab; verse 59)

Hence our dress must cover our body properly and decently. The design of our dress must avoid three grave sins: showing off, arrogance, and self-indulgence. Also, clothing should not be worn for the purpose of gaining a reputation or increasing one’s status in society.

“Eat what you like and wear what you like as but avoid two things: extravagance and arrogance.” (Bukhari)

Islam inspires people to be proud of who they are. Muslims should look like Muslims, and not like mere imitations of people of other faiths around them.

Final Thoughts:

Islam is not Modern nor old fashion and Islam is not just a religion. It is in simple terms beautiful in every way possible with common sense, logic, basics, & complexity which means Islam has a complete code of life which covers all the aspects of human life.

I write to keep you thinking and to keep me thankful and reflective and until next time, keep reflecting.

Thank you for reading!

Finally, I pray to Allah to benefit those who read this article and others, grant me truthfulness in what I say and do, preserve my thoughts and my pen from deviation and guide me in all my affairs.

And all praise and thanks are due to Allah, without Whose help and guidance nothing can be accomplished. May Allah bless you with happiness, success, guidance, health, and knowledge. May Almighty Allah give us the strength to follow the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) and make us part of the group who is among the most righteous! Ameen.

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Raja Muhammad Mustansar Javaid

Raja Muhammad Mustansar Javaid


Writer | network engineer | Traveler | Biker | Polyglot. I’m so deep even the ocean gets jealous