Halal and Haram Dress Code in Islam
Islam believes in decency, refinement, good taste, shame, discipline, dignity and purity. Here grace and beauty is the way of life. A Believer is renquired to look handsome and behave in a handsome manner. He must not look ugly, clumsy, ill-shaped and ill-looking.
A shabbily dressed person is against the refined taste of Islam. Hence a Muslim should dress in a dignified manner so that it add to his appearance, cover his body properly and protect him from the adverse climatic effects.
Allah, the Almighty says:
“… He made you garments to protect you from heat, and coats of mail to protect you from your (mutual) violence. Thus does he complete His favors on you, that ye may surrender to His Will (in Islam).” Q. 16:81
Moral degradation is unknown to Islam. Hence, morality lies at the base of all activities of a Believer. Dress is no exception. Islam, therefore, thinks it morally necessary to cover one`s body properly, so that no part of the body appears to be naked. Thus a dress fulfils two purposes: Covering of the body and beautifying of the appearance. Allah, the Almighty, therefore, includes it in His Favor that He has provided mankind with clothing for the aforesaid purposes. He says:
“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!” Q. 7:26
It should be borne in mind that in Islam, dress is not merely an external device for covering nakedness but it is an expression of culture and elegance. It brings to light social standard of a nation. Dress has now come to symbolize the nationality of man, as it is a case with pure Arabs or an Englishman. Islam has no fixed standard of garment because it is regulated by necessity according to weather conditions of the countries and custom and usage of a particular territory.
Thus, one is supposed to be deviated from the path of Islam it he does not serve the above-mentioned two purposes of dressing i.e., covering and adornment. Allah, the Almighty warns against following the path of Satan by taking the course of nakedness and shabby appearance. He says:
“O ye children of Adaml Let not Satan seduce you, in the same manner as he got your parents out of the Garden, stripping them of their raiment, to expose their shame…” Q.7:27
“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.” Q. 7:31
Islam is very kind to human nature and loses no opportunity to make it refined and dignified wherever it is possible. One thing that draws a line of demarcation between man and animal is shame. Man has been endowed with the feeling of shame but an animal is devoid of it because the sense of feeling is unknown to him. It is by nature that man wants to cover its private parts, while animals has no sense like that.
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