O children of Adam, We have bestowed upon you clothing to conceal your private parts and as adornment. But the clothing of righteousness – that is best. That is from the signs of Allah that perhaps they will remember.
- The command to wear clothes came from Allah ta’ala. The One who created us bade us to wear clothes. So to wear clothes is to fulfill Allah ta’ala’s commandments and to remove them is to go against His commandments
- Why does Allah ta’ala say ‘it was bestowed upon you’? Think about a T shirt made from cotton… cotton is a plant, and a plant needs water to grow and who sends the water from the skies? Allah ta’ala! Alhamdulillah. Irrespective of what material it is, natural or synthetic, your clothes came from resources that exist because Allah ta’ala created them. As Muslims, we also consider our sustenance (rizq) to come from Allah ta’ala, so if we were able to buy clothes, it’s because Allah ta’ala, gave us the ability to do so, alhamdulillah!
Take a look at this amazing video below to see what exactly goes into that cotton t-shirt you’re wearing:
- The purpose of wearing clothes is clear from the verse: firstly, to cover/hide our private parts, and secondly, as an adornment. At least one of the two purposes of wearing clothes must be met: that of covering our private parts.
- Think about the incident of Prophet Adam (s.a.w.s) and his wife Hawwa, when Satan whispered to them to eat from the forbidden tree, and when they did, their private parts became apparent to each other, so they hastily began covering themselves with leaves. What does this tell us? To wear clothes is part of our fitrah, it’s a natural instinct.
Concealing our private parts
- From the hadith of our Prophet Muhammad (saws), we also know that clothes should not be so tight or transparent that it is almost as if the person is naked, or each body part can be seen separately
- Women should not display their adornments/attractive clothes outside the house and should definitely not wear her outside clothes at home, because her beauty is for her husband. (<my understanding> This does not mean looking ugly or untidy outside, it simply means that you dress in a manner that is neat, clean and not designed to catch people’s eyes </my understanding>)
- This doesn’t mean that men can be lax in their appearance at home, because women also have a right upon their husbands, and therefore both should beautify themselves for the other. So don’t be the kind to only dress up before you go out, but dressing up when you stay in is more important!
Clothes as adornment
- The word for adornment in this verse is reesha. Reesha literally means feathers, and it’s used to show adornment, something that beautifies. Birds are beautiful because of the colours and patterns of their feathers. Now think of a bird stripped of its feathers… it looks so ugly! Clothes beautify us, alhamdulillah.
- Reesha also means wealth, in the sense that your clothing indicates your financial status. Think of a homeless man’s tattered faded clothes contrasted with the gowns of a celebrity or a king’s immaculately tailored suit. We should wear clothes that reflect the blessings that Allah ta’ala bestowed on us, and the intention must not be to show off.
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The clothing of taqwa is best
- But the clothing of taqwa is best: this means that the one who fears Allah ta’ala, the one who is conscious of Allah ta’ala, she checks to see that her clothes are those that please Allah ta’ala and she also checks the intention of wearing them
- Wear clothes that are liked both by you and by other people, and that Allah ta’ala also likes. And Allah ta’ala likes those clothes that fulfil the two conditions above
- Taqwa is a matter of the heart, and arrogance resides in the heart, so let there be no arrogance in your behaviour or in your clothes, meaning don’t wear clothes to show off. And never laugh or belittle someone because of their clothes
- So if taqwa is a clothing for the heart, and clothing hides your flaws, then taqwa must conceal the flaws in your heart. How can taqwa conceal the flaws in your heart? Because the fear and consciousness of Allah ta’ala makes you overcome evil thoughts and actions
- You earn the respect of and honour from others by wearing decent and appropriate clothes, earn the respect of Allah ta’ala and His honour by wearing the clothes of Taqwa.
- In the verses following this, Allah ta’ala says to take your adornment to the masjid. So make sure that when you’re praying your clothes are clean and beautiful. Many scholars used to wear their best clothes while at the masjid because of this commandment.
O children of Adam, take your adornment at every masjid, and eat and drink, but be not excessive. Indeed, He likes not those who commit excess.
Be grateful for the blessing of clothes
- Imagine if we always had a permanent set of clothes such as fur or feathers…
- Imagine how many people would lose their jobs if the clothes/textile industry did not exist…
- Think of all the flaws your clothes conceal from others…
- Think about the warmth they give you and how they protect your skin…
- Think about how happy you feel when you buy and wear new clothes! Alhamdulillah for this blessing….
Now to verbalize our gratefulness for this blessing:
Dua at the time of wearing new clothes:
الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي كَسَانِي مَا أُوَارِي بِهِ عَوْرَتِي وَأَتَجَمَّلُ بِهِ فِي حَيَاتِي
“All praise belongs to Allah who adorned me with clothing by which I cover (hide) my private areas and by which I obtain beauty in my life”.
Dua at the time of dressing
الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي كَسَانِي هَذَا وَرَزَقَنِيهِ مِنْ غَيْرِ حَوْلٍ مِنِّي وَلَا قُوَّةٍ
“All praise belongs to Allah who has clothed me without my effort or strength”.
Note: While removing clothing recite “Bismillah” as Satan does not look at the private parts due to this. (Hisnul Hasin)