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Decency of Dress and Good Manners



Throughout most of the world we are now experiencing the summer months. These months are welcomed by many people because these are the times when people are more likely to do recreational activities and simply relax with their friends and family. However, during these often very warm days many people, especially ladies, may become more likely to wear revealing or inappropriate clothing. This is why I've decided to create this brief post about the importance of decency of dress in Islam to simply serve as a quick reminder.


The Purpose of Clothing

Part of being a good Muslim is to be modest and in turn part of modest living is decency in behavior, speech, and even the way we dress. Our dress not only affects how we look outside but represents what we are inside. Allah (s.w.t) says in the Quran:
O you children of Adam! We have bestowed garments upon you to cover your shame, as well as to make you beautiful. But the garment of righteousness, that is the best. Such are among the signs of Allah, that they may receive admonition! (7:26).
The main function of our dress is to cover up our shame and enhance our outward appearance. Furthermore, being appropriately dressed brings out from within us a feeling of wholesomeness and modesty which may not be apparent to the naked eye but is obvious from our behavior. Dress has two more important functions for human beings. Just as animals have fur to keep their body warm, human beings need clothes to conserve body heat and protect them against changing weather. Unlike animals, however, human beings also need to cover their nakedness to preserve their dignity and provide comfort to their bodies. Some would even argue that the way a person dresses also affects his behavior. If one dresses modestly, they tend to behave modestly whereas, if one dresses indecently, they tend to behave indecently.


Islamic Dress Code: Satr

According to the Islamic dress code known as Satr, mature girls and women should cover the entire body, except the face and the hands when they are out in public, or when men other than their close relatives are present. They may wear whatever they like in private. However, they should avoid nakedness, even in front of other women and close relatives. Men are also forbidden from wearing gold jewelry and silk clothing. Both men and women's clothing should be loose and thick enough, so the shape of the body is not obvious. 


Modesty in Dress and Manners

Islam discourages nakedness and extravagance in dress and behavior. Even Rasulullah (saws) the leader of mankind, lived very modestly. If he had desired, he could have lived like a king, having big feasts and wearing silken robes. Yet, he never had elaborate meals and dressed in very simple attire. He even shared in household chores. He never acted as if he was greater than anyone else, but his incredible qualities made him great in everyone's eyes. His modesty and humility endeared him to people. When one learns to live modestly, they no longer needs fancy clothing or jewelry, or extravagant cars and houses. Therefore, jealousy and envy never enter their mind, and Shaitan's temptations do not lure them as easily. They can stay focused on more important things, such as the remembrance of Allah (s.w.t).

Source: Islamic Tahdhib and Akhlaq by Aisha Lemu

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