The Islamic Dress Code


How saddening and devastating is it to see Muslim women dressed in clothes which do not resemble the Islamic dressing in any way…it has come to a point where we cannot differentiate between a Muslim and a non Muslim! Muslim women who are pearls…diamonds…valuable… precious pearls are displaying their bodies like it is nothing. How can we dress like that? How can we leave the honour Allah has given us to the filthy dress code of non Muslim people?
According to Imam Tahawi رحمة الله عليه who was a great Hanafi scholar, if one has to look at what is supposed to be the next persons satr (eg. thighs or navel) it is as if one is looking at their private area which is a great sin! Muslim young women are flaunting themselves with almost NO clothes?! It is so saddening to see a MUSLIM wearing a bathing suit… her satr is uncovered!!

It is permissible for a man to look at the entire body of his wife (and vice versa). (Fataawa Mahmoodiya vol.12 pg.360). However, it is advisable not to look directly at the private parts.
A man’s Satr is from below the navel to below the knees (in front of Ghayr Mahram, Mahrams and non-Muslims. (Shaami vol.1 pg.406; HM Saeed)
A woman’s Satr is from head to toe in front of Ghayr Mahrams. (Shaami vol.1 pg.407; HM Saeed)
A woman’s Satr in front of her Mahram is her entire body except her face, head, chest, arm and calf. However, if the woman feels that she is not safe from the desires of her Mahrams, it will not be permissible to expose even these parts. A woman’s Satr in front of other Muslim women is from her navel to below her knees, and in front of non-Muslim woman, her satr is her entire body except her face, hands, feet. And the Satr of old people in front of her grandchildren is same as the Satr for Mahrams. It is permissible to play with one’s baby cousins or other family members who are allowed in Nikah until they reach the age of sexual consciousness. (al-Fiqhul Islaam vol.4 pg.2650; Mahmoodiyah vol.17 pg.342)
and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ebrahim Desai


In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,
The Qur’an and Sunnah have laid down certain principles with regards to the dress code of both males and females. A Muslim and a Muslima are both required to adhere to the Islamic teachings both internally and externally.
Allah Most High says:
“And abstain from all sins, internal or external.” (Surah al-An’am, 120)
Regarding dressing, Allah Almighty says:
“O children of Adam! Surely we have bestowed upon you a garment to cover your shame, as well as to be an adornment to you, and the garment of piety is the best.” (al-A’raf, 26)
In view of the above-mentioned verse of the Holy Qur’an, other verses and sayings of our beloved Prophet (Allah bless him & give him peace), the Jurists (fuqaha) have deduced certain rules and principles with regards to the dress of males and females.

The following are the principles of dressing for females:
1) The whole body of the woman must be concealed. Only the hands and feet (and according to some scholars, the face, when there is no fear of Fitna) can be exposed. Allah Most High says in Surah al-Ahzab:
“And stay in your houses and do not display yourselves as in the days of Jahiliyyah (Ignorance).” (V: 33)
Allah Almighty further says in the same Surah:
“O Prophet! Say to your wives and daughters and the women of the believers, that they should cast upon themselves the outer garment (Jilbab). That will be more convenient for them not to be known (as such) and not be molested. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (Surah al-Ahzab, 59)
In a Hadith recorded by Imam Tirmidhi (Allah have Mercy on him) with a authentic chain of narrators, the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said:
“A woman is supposed to be concealed. When she emerges outside (without covering herself properly), Shaytan makes her adorned in front of men.” (Sunan Tirmidhi)
It is clear from the above that a female must cover herself fully before coming in front of non-Mahram men. Even the hands and feet should be concealed, if possible.

2) The garment of the female must not be so thin that her body can be visible.

3) Her clothes must not be close-fitting and tight; rather they must be loose, as to avoid the figure and shape of the body being exposed and visible.
Sayyiduna Abu Hurayra (Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) 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, inciting men and their heads looking like the humps of camels, leaning to one side. They will not enter paradise and even smell it’s fragrance, even though it’s fragrance can be detected from such and such a distance.” (Sahih Muslim, no. 2218)
The above Hadith is clear in that the clothing of a female must not be transparent and/or tight-fitting. The meaning of “clothed yet naked” is nothing other than that.

4) There should be no imitation of the Kuffar (non-believers). In a Hadith recorded by Imam Abu Dawud (Allah have Mercy on him) and others, the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said:
“Whosoever imitates a nation is amongst them.” (Sunan Abu Dawud, no. 4031)
It should be remembered here that not everything what the non-Muslims wear and do, is Haram and unlawful. Imitation, which is prohibited, is effected in two ways:

a) One wears a particular type of clothing with the intention of imitating the Kuffar, meaning, one wears something because one wants to be like a particular non-believer or non-believers.
b) Wearing any clothing which is unique and exclusive to the non-believers and/or part of their religion, will be considered imitation, thus unlawful. (See the Fatwa of Shaykh Mufti Taqi Usmani in Taqrir Tirmidhi)
It becomes evident from the above that if a woman wears certain Western cloths for the sole reason of pleasing her husband, and no other men (Mahram or non-Mahram) see her, and she observes the full rules of Hijab when emerging outside, and the intention is not to imitate the Kuffar, then this would be permissible.

5) Any clothing which creates pride and arrogance in the heart must be avoided. In a Hadith recorded by Imam Ibn Majah (Allah have Mercy on him), the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said:
“Whosoever dresses himself out of pride in this world, Allah will dress him/her with the same clothing on the day of Qiyamah and he/she will be entered in to Hell.” (Sunan Ibn Majah)
6) Imitation of the opposite sex is also impermissible.
Sayyiduna Abd Allah ibn Abbas (Allah be pleased with him) relates, that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) “Cursed those men who imitate women and those women who imitate men.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, 7/205)

7) One should avoid being extravagant and spending lavishly on cloths. The meaning of being extravagant is to spend out on cloths to the amount which is beyond one’s normal capacity.
Allah Most High says:
And do not be extravagant, for Allah loves not the extravagant.” (Surah al-An’am, V: 141)

8) The clothes should be clean, pure and free from anything filthy and dirty, as purity is part of ones Faith (Iman).
The above are the Islamic principles with regards to the dressing of females. Some of these rules may also apply to males. It is evident that this subject is lengthy and needs much more elaboration than this small article. However, one may able to get the gist of what the Islamic guidelines are. This humble servant is, at present, working on this important subject and has an intention (Insha Allah) to publish a book which deals with all aspects relating to women’s Awra, dress and adornment. It needs 5 to 6 months and alot of Duas.

And Allah knows best
[Mufti] Muhammad ibn Adam
Darul Iftaa
Leicester , UK


May Allah Ta’ala grant us the Taufeeq to make amal on all of the above…
May Allah guide us, and make us a means of guidance, and guide all the people and jinn.

Request for duas.


TV aka Television (continued)

Hereunder are some sins that a person commits by watching TV and movies:

· Looking at people of the opposite gender without dire necessity and in a way prohibited by Islam. The Quran commands the males and females alike to lower their gazes, and this is not feasible in the case of TV and movies.

· Looking at people who are considered nude in Islam. (Clothed yet naked)

· Listening to music. Music is a great sin in Islam.

· Displaying pictures in the house. According to the hadith, pictures prevent angels of mercy from entering the house. If there are no angels of mercy in the house, the house will be full of devils.

· Watching and listening to immoral people, thereby, creating admiration for them and their ways. The hadith tells us that a person in the life hereafter will be with the ones he loves and admires.

· Watching and listening to things that are forbidden according to Islam, thereby, supporting such forbidden things.

· Wasting time. Time is very precious according to Islam.

· Putting oneself in a state of heedlessness. And because of this heedlessness, many salaats are not offered on time or at all.

· Supporting the list of evils mentioned below that TV and movies promote.

· By letting one’s family watch TV and movies, he invites them to commit all of the evils above and below. Therefore, instead of inviting them to the teachings of Islam, he invites them to the wrath of Allah. Instead of guiding them to paradise, he guides them to the fire of Hell.

Not only are TV and movies evil in themselves, they quite boldly and openly promote evil in all its forms.

The following are some evils that movies and TV promote indiscriminately that can be observed by any unbiased, sensible and honest person:

· Nudity
· Promiscuity
· Intermingling of the genders
· Profanity
· Offensive language
· Taking alcohol and drugs
· Vulgarity
· Vanity and arrogance
· Violence
· Crime
· Greed
· Corruption
· Dishonesty
· Atheism
· Secularism
· Mockery of religion
· Disrespect
· Defiance of authority
· Disobedience of parents, teachers and elders.
· Following ones whims and desires indiscriminately

Please remember that the list above is by no means exhaustive.

The gist of the above is that a Muslim who fears Allah the Almighty and believes in the Day of Judgement and life after death should stay far away from TV and movies. He should, instead, spend his free time in things that please Allah Ta’ala such as listening to lectures of the Ulama (scholars), reading the Quran, hadith and Islamic literature, taking part in ilmi and deeni gatherings, etc.

Also, one should take the warnings contained in the following Quranic verses seriously:

O you who believe! enter into Islam fully and do not follow the footsteps of Satan; surely he is your open enemy. (Quran 2:208)

Verily Satan is an enemy to you: so treat him as an enemy. He only invites his adherents that they may become companions of the Blazing Fire. (Quran 35:6)

And let not Satan turn you aside. Lo! he is an open enemy for you. (Quran 43:62)

The reckoning has drawn near to men, and in heedlessness are they turning aside. (Quran 21:1)

O you who believe, save your souls, and those of your families, from the fire whose fuel is men and stones, over which are set angels fierce and terrible; who disobey not Allah in what He has commanded them, but perform what they are commanded. (Quran 66:6)

A poet has pertinently described the evil of letting loose and not controlling ones gaze, and it aptly applies to watching TV and movies:
ﻛﻞ ﺍﻟﺤﻮﺍﺩﺙ ﻣﺒﺪﺍﻫﺎ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﻨﻈﺮ … ﻭﻣﻌﻈﻢ ﺍﻟﻨﺎﺭ ﻣﻦ ﻣﺴﺘﺼﻐﺮ ﺍﻟﺸﺮﺭ
ﻭﺍﻟﻤﺮﺀ ﻣﺎ ﺩﺍﻡ ﺫﺍ ﻋﻴﻦ ﻳﻘﻠﺒﻬﺎ … ﻓﻲ ﺃﻋﻴﻦ ﺍﻟﻌﻴﻦ ﻣﻮﻗﻮﻑ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﺨﻄﺮ
ﻛﻢ ﻧﻈﺮﺓ ﻓﻌﻠﺖ ﻓﻲ ﻗﻠﺐ ﻓﺎﻋﻠﻬﺎ … ﻓﻌﻞ ﺍﻟﺴﻬﺎﻡ ﺑﻼ ﻗﻮﺱ ﻭﻻ ﻭﺗﺮ
ﻳﺴﺮ ﻧﺎﻇﺮﻩ ﻣﺎ ﺿﺮ ﺧﺎﻃﺮﻩ … ﻻ ﻣﺮﺣﺒﺎً ﺑﺴﺮﻭﺭ ﻋﺎﺩ ﺑﺎﻟﻀﺮﺭ
All evil occurrences begin with ones glance,
And most fires are caught by (negligence of) those who deem sparks insignificant.
A man remains in danger as long as his eyes scrutinize the eyes of (beautiful) women with large (gorgeous) eyes,
How many a glance has done to the heart the same as what an arrow would do — without any bow or string.
The one glancing is pleased with what harms his inner self.
No thanks to pleasure that brings harm.

And Allah knows best.
Mufti Faizal Riza

Is television allowed?

On television the reflection of living things are portrayed. Regarding this reflection some Ulama are of the opinion that it is an image. In Shari’ah it is not permissible to create images of living things; therefore it won’t be permissible to watch such programmes in which there are reflections of animate objects. By watching these programmes one aids the creation and production of images of animate objects.
In opposition to this some Ulama are of the opinion that the reflection portrayed on the TV. does not fall under the rule of images. Therefore those living things which can be seen in real life may be viewed on TV. There isn’t only one type of channel played on TV nor is there one programme screened continuously, during a programme there’re adverts and many other unlawful things played. Therefore majority of the Ulama are of the opinion that to keep a TV in one’s house and/or to watch TV is not permissible.
And Allah Ta’ala knows best

Mufti Muhammad Ashraf
Darul Iftaa
Jameah Mahmoodiyah


TV aka Television

Television :
1. a system for converting visual images (with sound) into electrical signals, transmitting them by radio or other means, and displaying them electronically on a screen.
2. a device with a screen for receiving television signals.

We, the Ummah have come to such a point in time where sadly the correct way of living our lives as Muslims is looked down upon. The Sunnah of our beloved Nabi صلي الله عليه و سلم has been trampled upon time and again with a no care atittude. We have become advanced in this dunya but we are not even progressing in Deen. We give importance to things that we’re not supposed to be giving importance to… one of the greatest evils (initiated by shaytan) is the TV. Television, DSTV, whatever you say. People may argue that Islam is being propogated on TV by Islam channels but I say that does the good outweigh the bad? Is there more good on TV than bad?

This is an article which I found on the net and I want to make this very clear; it wasn’t written by any Islamic scholar nor was anything ‘Islamic’ involved.. if this is their view on it, then why are we watching TV? Its not allowed to watch TV, then? It all comes from our deen that it isnt allowed to watch or get involved in such futile activities…


1. Watching television means inactivity, and inactivity has been linked with obesity and heart disease. Do you think it is just a coincidence that in the West, where people are spending enormous amounts of time watching television, obesity and heart diseases in people of all ages are rapidly increasing?
More and more studies are being carried out on the harmful health effects of watching television. A recent research study conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health indicates that watching too much television can significantly increase the risk of developing obesity and type 2 diabetes. Not surprisingly, another study carried out at the University of Rhode Island found that prolonged television watching decreases viewers’ sense of self-efficacy in maintaining personal health.

2. Television feeds you false information
One of the most harmful effects of watching television is that television appears to portray or report reality. In fact, it just allows us to get a small glimpse of what’s really going on. This particularly happens when watching TV newscasts. When we watch a 30 minutes newscast, we usually believe that what it is showing us is all that there is to see. After all, if there was more to see, wouldn’t television show us more? Unfortunately most people accept whatever television is feeding them, without ever casting a doubt on its truthfulness.
One of the main reasons why we so readily believe what television is showing us is the fact that we prefer ignorance over knowledge because, as the saying goes, “ignorance is bliss.” Searching to know the truth requires effort, and so we prefer to let the evening news do all the search for us. In this way, we don’t need to do anything: no effort, nothing to worry about. We choose the easy way, but by doing so, we also choose to accept a distorted view of reality.

3. Television makes you dumb
Another amazingly harmful effect of watching television is the fact it can hinder our ability to think. Having talking heads continuously giving us quick information, opinion, analysis and criticism for just about everything, allows us to stop using our critical thinking. In this way, we can be easily misinformed and manipulated.
Certainly there are a few programs on TV that are educational and interesting, but the majority of television programs are simply trash. And so we rarely find a program on TV that requires us to think. Television programming is designed in such a way so as to match our attention spam, and that is why almost all programs are 30 to 60 minutes long. In addition, television programs rarely dedicate the entire program to a single topic. Hence, not only cannot television programs provide any decent thought to stimulate discussion, but they present information in such a way that we cannot digest it properly. And so we can easily form opinions without allowing the information to be first filtered through our mind, and while we might think that we become more knowledgeable, in reality we become dumb.

4. Television wastes your time
Life is short, but we choose to spend it watching television. Just think of how many hours of our day we waste watching television. Surveys reveal that people in the Western world spend 5-10 hours a day watching television.
Instead of living our life to the fullest, we sit in front of a dead, though “entertaining” device, which we have chosen as a substitute for true living. Instead of going out to play football, we are so obsessed with watching football games and admiring our favorite sport players, as if they are some kind of heroes. Instead of going to our kitchen and cook a healthy meal, we prefer to sit in the sofa, watching special cooking shows where people are savoring all kinds of delicious food, while we fill our bodies with junk. Instead of going out to meet people, converse and have fun, we choose to confine ourselves within four walls and be all alone, so as to watch with full attention adventure movies, reality shows, and soap operas.

But I am asking you, is this living ? A time will come when your physical and mental energy will be dissipated, and you will come to realize that you have not yet actually lived. But then it will be too late, and you will be filled with resentment.
Now is your chance to live passionately , not passively.


Watching TV and movies

Watching TV and movies is not permissible according to Islam because TV programmes and movies constitute multiple sins, of which even one would be sufficient to render something impermissible. The heinous effect TV and movies have had globally is as apparent as daylight, and yet those intoxicated by the effects of TV and movies cannot see this. One of the specialities of TV and movies is that it makes even a sensible person deaf, dumb and blind in that he deems permissible and acceptable the evils and sins displayed and promoted by TV and movies that he would normally, without hesitation, declare to be sinful and evil. He lets himself and his family watch and enjoy the evils that he would normally do everything to keep himself and his family away from. Such is the intoxicating effect of TV and movies that it causes all sense of morality and uprightness to go right down the drain. And because of this, families are breaking apart; immorality, lewdness and promiscuity are becoming the order of the day, the youngsters are becoming more disrespectful to their parents and elders, the youngsters and the adults alike are straying further away from the beautiful teachings of Islam and are instead adopting the ways and lifestyle of the immoral people, people are becoming more and more materialistic and are harbouring aversion to religion, and many other heinous acts are taking place that one would feel ashamed to write about. May Allah Ta’ala protect us.

To be continued…


You might want to check out this post:

Wishing “Merry Christsmas” or “Happy New Year”

Q: Is it permissible to wish others “Merry Christmas” or “Happy New Year”?

A: Your query refers. It is not permissible to wish non-Muslims Merry Christmas, because such a greeting is a religious greeting and we Muslims are not allowed to adopt any custom or style of their religion. The hadith also prohibits greeting in a non-Muslim way.

Saying ‘happy new year’ is makrooh, not totally haraam because this is not a religious term. But it is better to avoid even this. In place of both types of greetings, we can merely say to them: “we wish you well over the festive season” or “greetings for the festive season” and when saying this have this intention in the heart that you are making dua of guidance for them. Wishing them well is actually wishing that Allah guide them to Islam

And Allah Ta’ala knows best

Mufti Siraj Desai

The Mannequin Challenge

The Mannequin Challenge is a viral internet video trend where people remain frozen in action like mannequins while a video is recorded usually with a certain music song.

Let us get to the bottom of the issue…

Firstly, taking of videos or pictures in any way or form is Haraam (prohibited) and is strongly prohibited in Shariah. [For more, read here – ]

Taking videos is one thing but posting it and broadcasting it is another thing.

Hadhrat Abu Hurairah radhiyAllahu anhu narrates that he heard Rasulullah ﷺ saying: “All my followers are safe except those who announce their sins. It is from announcing sins that a man does something by night; and, in the morning, after Allāh had concealed his misdeed, he announces it by saying, ‘Oh so and so, last night i did such and such’. Allah had concealed his misseed in the night, but he made it public in the morning.” [Bukhari & Muslim]

It has become quite viral. The saddest part of it all is that Muslims, people who believe in Allah, who are from the Ummah of that Nabi ( ﷺ ) who cried Ummati, who spent nights crying to Allah praying for his Ummah, engage in such a useless act – The Mannequin Challenge.

Secondly, Music is also prohibited in Islam. Nabi ﷺ said that music creates hypocrisy in the heart. What are these silly mannequins waiting for? Are they waiting for the hypocrisy to continue to grow until their hearts are blackened with hypocrisy?

And here again, they are openly breaking Allah’s command and broadcasting it.

Thirdly, what benefit is there in this anyways?

I am mentioning all of this because there are Muslims participating in it…

And then there’s this thing called the Islamic Mannequin Challenge. There’s nothing Islamic about it. Tell me what part of Islam is found in it? As it is, this is following the ways of the Jews and Christians. An Nasheed is played in the background… Stop trying to make the haram things halaal!

Why are Muslims trying so hard to blend in with society? This world is not for us. Stop trying to follow the ways of others. Follow Islam. Follow True Islam.

May Allah guide the Ummah…
May Allah give hidayat to the man and jinn…

May Allah grant us complete forgivness before our death..