Our society has strange concepts when it comes to the rights of men and women in Islam. Islam is utterly clear about these rights and duties; the fault lies within us. It is not Islam but our confused minds that create ambiguities. I find it very unusual when I see Muslim men dating women, going to parties, having alcoholic beverages, and wearing non-Islamic dresses; yet one finds not the remotest sign of regret! According to a big portion of Muslim society, certain orders apply only on women and proper attire is one of such rules.
Let me clear this misunderstanding; Islam doesn’t only bind women in the rules of Islamic dress code; men are also ordered to keep their appearances as Islamic as possible. When Allah orders to lower their gazes; it is the Muslim men who are addressed before women. Allah Almighty is the best Judge ever, and He doesn’t do injustice!
What should be the Proper Attire of a Muslim Man?
First of all, Allah expects his male believers to be modest. “Haya” has to be a Muslim’s most apparent trait. A modest Muslim would not get astray when vices entice him; the shield of modesty and faith protects him against such satanic attacks.
It is obligatory for a Muslim man to cover his body from navel to knees; this is the minimum amount of wrap required from him. Therefore, a Muslim is not permitted to get out in the markets or to relatives’ places clad in shorts higher than knees. By doing this, he would be assumed disobeying the rules that have been laid down by Allah.
Many times, I see men riding their motor bikes wearing very short knickers i.e. above their knee level. This doesn’t only give a negative impact on all passers-by; but also amount to Allah’s disobedience.
We derive this dress code from the minimum dress required for prayers. A man may not wear a shirt while praying, but he has to wear trousers/ pajamas/ shorts that cover the navel and fall below the knee level. Same is the requirement while performing pilgrimage.
Muslims are required to follow the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet P.B.U.H. in all walks of life; attire is one of them. Allah offers immense reward for those who keep practicing a Sunnah for Allah’s pleasure. Our Prophet P.B.U.H. used to wear a turban, a “qamees” (long shirt), a “Tehband” (a sheet used to cover the lower body), sometimes a salwar (Asian pants), and simplest sandals.
Muslim men are highly encouraged to keep their attire as simple as they can. They are not allowed to wear silk and gold. Neither are they permitted to wear long robes that drag behind one’s feet. Having a beard is extremely promoted. It is not modest for a Muslim man to wear chains, metallic bangles, bracelets and number of rings as many Muslims do. They are also encouraged to cover their heads, as this is a sign of utter modesty. Also, the newly set trend of Tattooing is absolutely non-Islamic.
Therefore, Allah has laid dress-code principles for both men and women in Islam. Women are protected more by a lot of wrapping due to the natural attraction towards them; whereas men need to cover a smaller portion of their bodies. What is significant here is the uniformity of application of rules on both genders by Allah. Indeed, Allah is the best rule-maker!
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