Etiquette of dressing in Islam – Understanding Islamic Clothing

1. You should wear a dress that covers and protects your body and meets the requirements of modesty, honor, and virtue.

Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:

“O children of Adam! We have sent unto you raiments to conceal your shame and to serve as protection and adornment.”

Of course, the dress’s purpose is to lend beauty and grace and serve as protection against climatic effects, but the foremost use of dress is to cover the body’s private parts.

You should also make sure that your dress, besides affording adequate protection against climatic conditions, should also be such that it should lend an aura of grace, elegance, and culture to your personality.

2. While putting on clothes, you should keep in mind that dress is a blessing which Allah has conferred on man only. It has been denied to all other living creatures. Offer thanks to Allah for this special favor and blessing.

3. You should wear a dress of the kind that the Shari’ah has prescribed for the believers, which does not display arrogance or pride, which does not lend a feminine air to men or a masculine appearance.

4. Put on a new dress with feelings of joy. Give some name to it when you don new apparel and acknowledge Allah’s generosity and blessing.

5. Take care to put on the dress with the right side first be it a right arm in the sleeve or right foot in pants and shoes. While taking off the boots, make sure to remove the left one first.

6. It would be best if you shook the garments before putting them on, lest there be deadly insects hidden in them which might harm you.

7. Wear a white dress. It is ideal for men, especially.

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) Observed:

“Wear a white dress. It is the best. You ought to wear white cloth in life and bury your dead in a shroud made of white cloth.”

8. The length of your pajama or pant should fall above the ankles.

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) holds such people as the doomed ones and deserving of severe torment which, out of pride and arrogance, let pajamas or pants fall below their ankles.

9. Do not wear silk. Garments of silk are befitting for females only.

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has strictly forbidden men to wear female dresses or put on effeminate airs.

10. Women should not wear a thin dress that should make their forms visible, nor should they put on the tightly fitting dress, making their figures prominent and alluring.

11. Men and women should not adopt the same fashions in dress.

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) affirmed: “Allah sends curses on those men who adopt feminine fashions and on such women who adopt a masculine style.

12. Women must cover themselves with a scarf and keep their head and bosom veiled. They should not wear a scarf of such transparent stuff to reveal their hair.

13. Dress in keeping with your means and status. Do not dress up to show off the vanity and display an attitude of haughtiness towards others or make an indecent show off your affluence.

14. Avoid wearing a red, tacky, or resplendent dress or showy black or yellow apparel. Red, flashy, and resplendent dress is suited only to women, and even women should observe proper rules about wearing such clothing.

15. Always put on a simple, dignified, civilized dress and spend moderately on your clothes. Avoid luxury and extravagant finesse in matters o dress.

16. Give clothes to the needy by way of expressing thanks to the lord for having conferred to the bounty of the dress on you.

17. Give fine clothes according to your means to your servants who serve you day and night.

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