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  Be Patient and Take Strength

I know brothers and sisters, here in the states. It is hard to wear the clothing of the Muslim. When you are in public it seems that people are staring at us, treat us differently and usually with harsh behavior. Be patient and take strength in this. As with every religion in the states, we have the right to ours as well.

Dress of the Muslim

For the non-believer the dress of the Muslim women seems severe and repressive. They do not understand that it protects the woman from the lustful gaze of men. There are reason’s that Allah gave us these laws. In today's society woman are being exploited. Each year the level of what the non believers call decency declines. Currently unless a female is showing her nipples she is not considered to be undressed, no modesty is allowed the women. These women are put in advertising, mainly to attract the desires of men. The companies sell their products using these images. This is like a form of prostitution. People can not see threw the veil over their eyes the truth. The treatment of the believing men is the same. They are called extremists for wearing their beard and modest clothing. The real extreme is the constant exploitation and disfigurement of our bodies that Allah has blessed us with.

A Believing Woman

 A believing woman should not attract attention to herself in any way. Islam protects the woman. The Quran says [024.031]And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and be modest, and to display of their adornment only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils over their bosoms, and not to reveal their adornment save to their own husbands or fathers or husbands' fathers, or their sons or their husbands' sons, or their brothers or their brothers' sons or sisters' sons, or their women, or their slaves, or male attendants who lack vigor, or children who know naught of women's nakedness. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And turn unto Allah together, O believers, in order that ye may succeed.

Here are some guidelines to follow for women’s dress. Clothing must cover the entire body, only the hands and face may remain visible. The material should not be see through. The clothing must hang loose so that the shape is hidden of the body and must not bear a resemblance to the man's clothing. The clothing design must not resemble the clothing of the non believers, such as short skirts, low shirt, etc. Bold designs which attract attention should only be warn at home. Clothing should not be worn to affirm your social stance. It is also advised that women outside of her home should not where perfume that can be smelled at a distance, makeup to enhance her beauty or where shoes that make sounds when she walks (bells, metal plates and etc.). [500 Ahadith.316]A woman who removes her clothes outside her home tears down the veil between herself and her lord. [Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud (pbuh), ibn Majah, Hakim] The Quran does not exceed our limits and it says [033.055]It is no sin for them (thy wives) to converse freely) with their fathers, or their sons, or their brothers, or their brothers' sons, or the sons of their sisters or of their own women, or their slaves. O women! Keep your duty to Allah. Lo! Allah is ever Witness over all things. There are also considerations for the women past marrying age. The Quran says [024.060]As for women past child-bearing, who have no hope of marriage, it is no sin for them if they discard their (outer) clothing in such a way as not to show adornment. But to refrain is better for them. Allah is Hearer, Knower.

The Believing Men

The believing men should also note that not to expose the area of their body from the navel to the knee. Many Muslim men feel shy to expose a bare chest or bare legs in public. It is also advised that men are not to wear clothing that is tight or see-through. Indeed, in many Muslim societies the traditional clothing for men includes long, flowing robes, or long tunics that fully cover the body. Modesty is the deen of a Muslim. These are a few other conditions of the male dress. Men are not to where gold or silk. [500 Ahadith.265]Do not where silk, for those who wear it in this life shall not wear it in the hereafter. [Bukhari Muslim] [500 Ahadith.264]If you can afford it, it is better that you wear garments other than your working cloths to Friday prayer. [Abu Dawud (pbuh)] The majority of scholars have agreed that men are required to grow a beard, it is Wajib (mandatory). The studies behind it include. Shaving the beard involves disobeying the order of the Prophet, peace be upon him, who commanded men to grow their beards. Saying "contradict the non-believers, grow the beards and cut the moustaches" [Bukhari and Muslim]. Shaving the beard is another form of ending the gap between men and women. Men should keep them selves well groomed. They are also advised not to shave the mustache completely. [004.118]Whom Allah cursed, (Shaytaan) and he said: “Surely I will take of Thy bondmen an appointed portion [004.119]And surely I will lead them astray, and surely I will arouse desires in them, and surely I will command them and they will cut the cattle' ears, and surely I will command them and they will change Allah's creation. Whoso chooses Satan for a patron instead of Allah is verily a loser and his loss is manifest.



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