About Traditional Muslim Clothing

on Tuesday, September 3, 2013

There are two kinds of people in every religion; the first are those who practice it and the second are those who don’t bother to live their life in accordance with their religion. Muslims are lucky enough to have Muhammad PBUH as their Prophet. Quran is a kind of holy books which gives detailed instructions about the way of living the life. Muhammad PBUH had practical implementations of all the teachings of Islam and led Muslims from the front. According to Islamic ideology, traditional Muslim clothing should be preferred in daily life by both Muslim men and women.

Islam is a kind of religion that always believed in simplicity, and that is why it is emphasized in the Holy Quran and by Prophet PBUH that the dress should be as simple as it could be. In traditional Muslim clothing, trousers and elongated shirts are mostly used by Muslim men as the concept of dress code is almost the same for every Muslim man. For every Muslim woman, it is necessary to avoid any foreigner, and she must ensure that to have all her body covered except her face and hands.

In traditional Muslim clothing, hijab or veil is commonly used by Muslim women. Hijab or veil can be used anytime with any dress, but the major concept behind the veil is that the head should be covered properly so that the hair could not be exposed or seen by anyone.

Privacy, morality and ethics are those foundations of Islam that could be seen in traditional Muslim clothing as dressing represents the personality of an individual. Covering the head is equally important for the male Muslims but most of the time this concept is used during prayers.

There are two different contexts in traditional Muslim clothing, one that is followed for religious context and the other is normally followed for daily routine.

For example, in traditional Muslim clothing, men usually hold their trousers above the bone over the ankle. This practice is normally adopted during prayers by most of the men; however, it should be used in the normal routine, as well. There are fixed standards of dress code in Islam, but because of geographical differences, there may be some changes for both men and women. In cold areas, people tend to wear cloths that can prevent them from feeling cold. While in hot areas, people use light clothes. One should keep in mind that the dress should not be seen through in any case.

In Islam, one must stay within the boundaries defined by Allah specially for clothing. Islam is the only religion that doesn’t believe in implementation by force. There is no such concept in Islam; however, if someone doesn’t obey the laws defined in Islam, then his acts are considered sinful.

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