STANCE of a MUSLIMAH

Our Lord! You truly know all that we may hide in our hearts as well as all that we bring into the open, for nothing whatsoever, be it on earth or in heaven, remains hidden from Allah. {Quran, 14:38}

3/12/2006

Sisterhood Modesty

This is for my dear Muslim sisters who strive to be the most modest Muslimahs they can be. We cover our bodies and protect our beauty for no other reason than to please God. This is our prescription to follow. Our femininity is sacred when we leave our homes, and should be sacred within them. We cover not just from protection of the luring eye of men, we cover ultimately because we trust in Allah's prescribed means of negating all those girly petty reasons that foster vain materialism and unwarranted jealousy. So think about this Islamic Ruling that is often ignored or passed by next time your expected to be at sisters house for some party..ok? Let's always be in the forefront of teaching our little daughters too inshaAllah.
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What is a woman permitted to uncover in front of other women and mahrams?
Praise be to Allaah.
The Standing Committee for Academic Research and Issuing Fatwas issued a statement on this matter, which reads as follows:

Praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the Worlds, and blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad, and upon all his family and companions.

The believing women at the beginning of Islam were extremely pure, chaste, and modest, which was the blessing of belief in Allaah and His Messenger and following the Qur’aan and Sunnah. Women at that time used to wear concealing garments, and it is not known that they used to uncover themselves when they met one another or when they met their mahrams. The women of this ummah followed this mode of behaviour – praise be to Allaah – generation after generation until recently, when corruption and impropriety entered the way women dress and behave for many reasons, which we do not have room to discuss here.

Because of the large number of questions that have been sent to the Standing Committee for Academic Research and Issuing Fatwas about women looking at women, and what women should wear, the Committee is telling all Muslim women that women are obliged to have an attitude of modesty, which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) described as being part of faith and one of the branches of faith. One aspect of the modesty which is enjoined by Islam and by custom is that women should cover themselves, be modest and adopt an attitude and conduct that will keep her far away from falling into fitnah (temptation) and doubtful situations.

The Qur’aan clearly indicates that a woman should not show to other women anything other than that which she shows to her mahrams, that which she customarily uncovers in her own home and when doing housework, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “…and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husband’s fathers, or their sons, or their husband’s sons, or their brothers or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e. their sisters in Islam…"[Quran 24:31]

If this is the text of the Qur’aan and this is what is indicated by the Sunnah, then this is what the wives of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and the womenfolk of the Sahaabah used to do, and the women of the ummah who followed them in truth until the present day. What was usually uncovered in front of the people mentioned in this verse is what women usually uncover when they are at home and when doing housework, which is difficult to avoid, such as uncovering the head, hands, neck and feet.

With regard to going to extremes in uncovering, there is no evidence in the Qur’aan and Sunnah that this is permissible. This is also the way that leads to a woman tempting or being tempted by other women, which happens among them. It also sets a bad example to other women, as well as being an imitation of kaafir women, prostitutes and immoral women in the way they dress. It was proven that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” Narrated by Imam Ahmad and Abu Dawood. In Saheeh Muslim (2077) it is narrated from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) saw him wearing two garments dyed with safflower, and he said: “These are from the clothing of the kuffaar –do not wear them.”

It is also narrated in Saheeh Muslim (2128) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There are two types of the people of Hell whom I have not seen: people with whips like the tails of cattle, with which they beat the people, and women who are clothed yet naked, misguided and leading others astray, with their heads like the humps of camels, leaning to one side. They will not enter Paradise or even smell its fragrance, although its fragrance may be detected from such and such a distance.”

The meaning of the phrase “clothed yet naked” is that the woman is wearing clothes that do not cover her, so she is clothed, but in fact she is naked, such as when she wears a thin dress that shows the colour of her skin, or a dress that shows the outline of her body, or a short dress that does not cover part of her limbs.

So what Muslim women have to do is to adhere to the guidance followed by the Mothers of the Believers (the Prophet’s wives) and the womenfolk of the Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them), and the women of this ummah who followed them in truth, and strive to cover themselves and be modest. This is farthest removed from the causes of fitnah and will protect them from the things that lead to provocation of desires and falling into immorality.

Muslim women must also beware of falling into that which Allaah and His Messenger have forbidden of imitating kaafir women and prostitutes, in obedience to Allaah and His Messenger, and in the hope of attaining the reward of Allaah, and for fear of His
punishment.

Every Muslim must also fear Allaah with regard to the women who are under his care, and not let them wear things that Allaah and His Messenger have forbidden, such as provocative clothes, or clothes that are revealing or tempting. He should remember that he is a shepherd and will be responsible for his flock on the Day of Resurrection.

We ask Allaah to set the Muslims’ affairs straight, and to guide us all to the straight path, for He is All-Hearing, Ever-Near and Ever Responsive. May Allaah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon his family and companions. Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 17/290 It also says in Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah (17/297): What a woman is permitted to uncover in front of her children is that which is customarily uncovered, such as the face, hands, forearms, feet and so on.

And Allaah knows best.

7 Comments:

At March 14, 2006, Blogger nurah said...

asalam alakum dear sister. i love your blog, masha'allah. may Allah swt reward you with Jennah, amin. i added one post to the blog you visited. may i add that i enjoyed your comment, thank you sister. insha'allah you can come and read the glorious names of Allah. asalam alakum.

 
At March 14, 2006, Anonymous Um Ibrahim said...

Assalamu Alaikum,
dear Suhaa, subhanAllah i did not know anything of the rules in this issue, but i feel the right and wrong in my heart when i am in such parties. I could sense that it is wrong to try to imitate the non-Muslims with all the skimpy clothes and tons of makeup just because it is a women's only party. Jazaki ALlahu khair now i have something to prove my feelings.

 
At March 14, 2006, Blogger SUHAA said...

salaam um ibrahim:
i was the same way , then after talking with my husband about it, he sent me this fatwa, and it proved to me what was in my heart..like u. alhamdulilah. may Allah always enlighten us with knowledge..

 
At March 14, 2006, Blogger SUHAA said...

jazakAllah kheir nura..and especially for the 99 Names of Allah..always a good reminder..

 
At March 18, 2006, Anonymous Um Ibrahim said...

Like the new links Suhaa :)

 
At March 20, 2006, Anonymous misfit said...

Hats off to you. I'm truly amazed by your courage to put this topic up. Not many would. Modest muslimahs you say... wow.

I've always disliked the term "moderate muslims/modern muslims"... there's no such thing. Mind me saying that. May Allah(swt) forgive me if I've said anything wrongly.

I don't quite like the idea of wearing a hijab the "modern way"... I just feel that these women are demoralizing islam. The way they dress up, short blouses revealing butt lines etc. It's a disgrace. Shameful in fact. And such dressing is becoming a fashion statment here. I'm sorry... I think I got carried away. I was referring to the muslims in my country.

Anyways, keep on blogging sis. Your blog is definitely worth the read.

 
At March 20, 2006, Blogger SUHAA said...

salaam misfit..may Allah help us preserve our modesty & remember the whole puepose of it every time we get dressed..thanks for your comment.. :-)

 

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