"Hijab" is a word that indicates several conditions for
the women's Islamic dress. We shall try to outline these
Abayas added by "Sutrah
Conditions of Muslim Dress Code
Clothing must cover the entire body, only the hands and face may
remain visible (According to some Fiqh Schools).
The material must not be so thin that one can see
The clothing must hang loose so that the shape of the body is not apparent.
The female clothing must not resemble the man's
The design of the clothing must not resemble the
clothing of the non-believing women.
The design must not consist of bold designs which
Clothing should not be worn for the sole purpose of
gaining reputation or increasing one's status in
The reason for this strictness is so that the woman is
protected from the lustful gaze of men. She should not
attract attention to herself in any way. It is
permissible for a man to catch the eye of a woman,
however it is haram (unlawful) for a man to look twice
as this encourages lustful thoughts.
Islam protects the woman; it is for this reason that
Allah gave these laws. In today's society womankind is
being exploited, female sexuality is being openly used
in advertising, mainly to attract the desires of men and
therefore sell the product. Is the woman really free in
today's society? The answer is obviously no. The
constant bombardment by the media as to how the ideal
woman should look and dress testifies to this.
Islam liberated woman over 1400 years ago. Is it better
to dress according to man or God?
Allah has stated in the Quran that women must guard
" Say to the believing women that they should lower
their gaze and guard their modesty ; that they should
not display their beauty and ornaments except what must
ordinarily appear thereof. " [Quran : 24.31]
" Say to the believing man that they should lower
their gaze and guard their modesty ; that will make for
greater purity for them, and God is well acquainted with
all they do. " [Quran : 24.30]