Religious Wisdom: The Religious Significance of Clothing

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Religious Perspective About Clothing:

Christian Perspective About Clothing:

The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. (Genesis 3:21)

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. (1 Corinthians 6:18–20)

So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. ( Bible Corinthians 10:31)

Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.(Titus 2:3–5)

“A woman shall not wear a man’s garment, nor shall a man put on a woman’s cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God.
Then the Bible speaks of attire for worship. (Deuteronomy 22:5)

But every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven. For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head. For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man. For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. (1 Corinthians 11:5–10)

Islamic Perspective About Clothing:

“And abstain from all sins, internal or external.” (Quran, 6: 120)

“O Children of Adam! We have sent down upon you a dress which may conceal your shameful parts and sent down feathers (or splendid garments) and the dress of piety (Taqwa) that is the best of all.” (Quran 7, Verse 26)

“And when they tasted the forbidden tree, their private parts become exposed and they began to cover themselves with leaves.” (Quran, 7: 22)

“When Allah admitted Aadam to Paradise, He clothed him with a garment of the nail, and when Adam committed the sin, Allah withdrew from him the garment and it [the garment] remained only on the tip of his nails.”

“The original clothing of Adam was nailed like feathers are to birds, and when he disobeyed his Lord, his clothing was dropped and the nails were left (for him) as an adornment and to benefit from.”

“The tree from which Allah forbade Adam and his wife, may Allah exalt their mention, to eat was the spikenard, and when they ate from it, their nakedness appeared and it was their nails that covered their nakedness.”

These statements were reported by Ibn ‘Abbaas Ibn Abu Haatim, ‘Abdur-Razzaq, ‘Abd ibn Humayd and Ibn Al-Munthir, and others However, this was not reported by the Prophet as far as we know. Finally, it should be noted that investigating this matter does not yield any benefit.

Allah Says (what means): {…their private parts became apparent to them, and they began to fasten together over themselves from the leaves of Paradise.} [Quran 7:22]

“The verse is evidence that it is abominable to show the ‘Awrah and that Allah obligated them [Aadam and Eve] to cover their private parts and it is for this reason that they endeavored to cover it.”

“They were stripped of their garments; so, each one of them saw the ‘Awrah of the other, so they became ashamed.”

Children of Adam! Let not Satan deceive you in the manner he deceived your parents out of Paradise, pulling off from them their clothing to reveal to them their shame. He and his host surely see you from whence you do not see them. We have made Satan the guardians of those who do not believe.(Quran 7:27)

And when such people commit an indecent act they say: ‘We found our fathers doing that, and Allah has enjoined it on us.17 Say: ‘Surely Allah never enjoins any indecency.18 Do you say things regarding Allah that you do not know?’(Quran 7:28)

Say to them (O Muhammad): ‘My Lord enjoins justice; and that you set your faces aright at the time of every Prayer; and that you call upon Him, exclusively dedicating your faith to Him. You shall return to Him as you were created.( Quran 7:29)

A party He has guided to the Right Way, and for another party straying is justly its due for they have taken satans, rather than Allah, as their guardians, even though they think that they are rightly-guided. Children of Adam! Take your adornment at every time of Prayer;20 and eat and drink without going to excesses. For Allah does not like those who go to excess. (Quran 7:30-31)

Covering our private parts makes us superior to other creatures of Allah. It is our honor and virtue.

“Children of Adam, wear your best clothes to every mosque.” (Holy Quran, 7:31)

“Say, ‘Who has forbidden the adornment of Allah, which He has brought forth for His servants and the good things, clean and pure, which Allah has provided for them?’ Say, ‘They are [lawful] for the believers in the present life but they shall be exclusively for them on the Day of Resurrection.’ Thus, We explain Our signs for people who understand.” (Holy Quran, 7:32)

“Children of Adam! We have sent down clothing to you to conceal your private parts.” (Holy Quran7:26)

Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “No one who has the weight of a seed of arrogance in his heart will enter Paradise.” Someone said, “But a man loves to have beautiful clothes and shoes.”

The Prophet said, “Verily, Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty. Arrogance means rejecting the truth and looking down on people.” Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 91

“O Prophet (PBUH) Tell thy wives and thy daughters and the women of the believers to draw over them their cloaks (veils). That in the least so that they be recognized and not be molested.” (Quran 33, Verse 59)

“And remain within you homes and do not make an exhibition (of yourselves) like the displays (of the immoral women) of former times of ignorance.”(Quran 33, Verse 33)

“Many women are clothed but naked in reality. Such women will never enter paradise nor will they smell its fragrance.”

An Arabic word strongly associated with Islamic clothing and haya which translates into English as “veil”. The veil re-emerged as a topic of conversation in thefew years when there was concern regarding potential western infiltration of Muslim practices in Islamic countries.

“Allah is Beautiful, He loves beauty” [Muslim].

“No one who has an atom’s-weight of arrogance in his heart will enter Paradise”

“Allah is Beautiful and loves beauty. Arrogance means rejecting the truth and looking down on people” ( Saheeh Muslim)

Final Thoughts:

“Whomsoever utters the following supplication after wearing clothes, all his past sins will be forgiven- All praises are due to Allah who clothed me with this and which He bestowed upon me without any toil and effort on my part.”

“And Only Allah gives divine guidance and He is the True Helper.”

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