Hijaab In Islam


Rules regarding Muslim women’s (and men’s) attire are derived from
the Quran, Islam’s revealed text, and the traditions (hadith) of the
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). In the Quran, Allah states:
“Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard
their modesty…And say to the believing women that they should lower
their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty
and adornments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they
should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty
except to their husbands, their fathers…(a list of exceptions)”
[Chapter 24, verses 30-31]
“O Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women,
that they should cast their outer garments over their persons…that
they should be known and not molested.”
[Chapter 33, verse 59]

In one tradition, the Prophet Muhammad is quoted as saying:
“…If the woman reaches the age of puberty, no part of her body should
be seen but this — and he pointed to his face and hands.”

From these and other references, the vast majority of Muslim scholars
and jurists, past and present, have determined the minimum requirements
for Muslim women’s dress:
1) Clothing must cover the entire body, with the exception of the face
and the hands.
2) The attire should not be form fitting, sheer or so eye-catching as to
attract undue attention or reveal the shape of the body.

There are similar, yet less obvious requirements for a Muslim male’s
1) A Muslim man must always be covered from the navel to the
2) A Muslim man should similarly not wear tight, sheer,
revealing, or eye-catching clothing. In addition, a Muslim man is
prohibited from wearing silk clothing (except for medical reasons) or
gold jewelry.
A Muslim woman may wear silk or gold.

Wallahu’alam Bis-sawwab


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