Monday, January 23, 2012

The right type of dress for namaz

























Assalam oalaikum,
When a child is born into this world he is nude but due to Allah’s mercy the child gets covered with clothes and gets protection. Allah says in the Holy Quran:

26 O ye Children of Adam! We have bestowed raiment upon you to cover your shame, as well as to be an adornment to you. But the raiment of righteousness,- that is the best. Such are among the Signs of Allah, that they may receive admonition!
( سورة الأعراف , Al-Araf, Chapter #7, Verse #26)
Since Allah has instructed us to be fully-clothed hence it is imperative to wear such clothes during namaz as well. If a person wears improper clothes while offering namaz then he or she may be going against the shariah. Besides being fully-clothed always one should also be careful that the clothes should not be soiled with urine or blood. Blood also has to be washed prior to namaz because it contains impurities.
One should try to wear good clothes while offering namaz. Namaz is a medium through which a momin communicates with his creator. So the namazi should give importance to his or her clothes. Good clothes are not meant to be worn during festive occasions, weddings and family gatherings only. If a mere worldly occasion or meeting men and women, who have been created by Allah, demand wearing good clothes then the importance of meeting Allah is much more than this. Hence we should try wearing special clothes for offering namaz also.
Allah talah says in quran
31 O Children of Adam! wear your beautiful apparel at every time and place of prayer: eat and drink: But waste not by excess, for Allah loveth not the wasters.
( سورة الأعراف , Al-Araf, Chapter #7, Verse #31)
Some people also follow fashions blindly even if the clothes make them look vulgar, cheap and indecent. They feel that they look hip and chick if they follow the latest trends in fashion. However, such clothes are inappropriate for namaz. If people offer namaz wearing such anti-Islamic clothes such as low-waist jeans and a shirt, then their body gets exposed when they bend down for Sajdah. This not only nullifies their own namaz but also distracts those who may be standing behind them in jamaat.
Women also seem to have forgotten that sharam o haya are fundamental to Islam. Haya refers to the virtues of modesty, shyness, self-respect, bashfulness, honour, shame or humility. The clothes of women should also reflect these virtues.
Hazrat Aisha (r.a) says, ‘May Allah show mercy towards the early immigrant women. When the verse, "That they should draw their veils over their bosoms" was revealed, the early immigrant women tore their thick outer garments and made veils from them. When the verse- "That they should cast their outer garments over themselves" was revealed, the women of Ansar emerged as if they had crows over their heads, by wearing outer garments. (Abu Dawood)
This shows that all these pious and God-fearing women wanted to protect their modesty due to which they instantly carried out the orders of Allah.
If the so-called modern women do not to wear the veils, than they might be categorized as Muslim women but not Mumineen. Thus, the Prophet (s.a.w.s) has said in one Hadith, "When there is no haya left, then do as you please."
The women are doing exactly as they like due to lack of haya or shame. They wear clothes with no sleeves. Even if the sleeves are found they might be adorned with such designs that the skin may be revealed. The slits of the kameez are deliberately kept so long that a slight activity reveals their waist. The neck-lines plunge so low that their cleavage gets bared. Low waist jeans and short tops make the women appear vulgar due to a lot of skin show.
In a nutshell, the private parts of the body which are meant to be hidden for the safety and self-respect of womenfolk are being displayed without any trace of guilt.
Some school-going girls wear tiny-winy, v-shaped scarves that do not cover their head or bodies properly.
Allah ta’ala says in the Quran:

31 And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments 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, their husband's fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! turn ye all together towards Allah, that ye may attain Bliss.

surah noor verse no 31

59 O Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad): that is most convenient, that they should be known (as such) and not molested. And Allah is Oft- Forgiving, Most Merciful.

surah ahzab verse no 59

It is clear from this verse that Allah has given orders about the veil. A woman in veil not only commands respect but also protects herself from shaitan. However, if the women themselves wish to lower their dignity and like unwanted male attention on roadsides, if they enjoy it when eve teasers pass lewd comments on them and make vulgar gestures on seeing their figure-hugging vulgar clothes, then no one can stop them.
However, it is a duty of every momin to spread the message of Allah. If Allah wishes to protect such impudent women from the fire of hell then He will surely guide them.
Keep Me In Your Prayers
Amel Soname
Amel_soname@yahoo.com

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