Conditions of Muslim Clothing
Islam has sets of guidelines on all aspects of life, setting those who practice the religion apart from the rest – which includes Muslim clothing. The way Muslims dress is a product of the instructions set in the Koran about how men and women should cover themselves. There are no specific details on what to wear exactly but the Koran instructs its people to dress modestly – which has sprung a lot of interpretations throughout history. Devout Muslims follow the traditions and rules of dressing up but others also dress the way Westerners do. If you’ve ever wondered why Muslims dress the way they do, it’s important to understand the conditions of Muslim clothing
1. One of the conditions of Muslim clothing is that the clothes that you wear must cover your body. The abaya, which is a cloak worn over your normal clothes, is a common choice for many Muslim women. The most controversial piece of Muslim clothing that covers the entire body is the Burqa or Burka. This garment is worn by women and it covers the entire body from head to toe, even covering the eye with a mesh screen – it is most commonly worn in Afghanistan but some women wear them in other countries, as well. Some countries ban the burka because of certain issues regarding women’s rights.
2. Another condition for Muslim clothing is that the material used should not be thin that you can see through it. This means that of the fabrics used are thick and opaque.
3. A third condition of Muslim clothing is that the garment must hang loose so that the shape of the body is not apparent.
4. And the fourth condition is that the garment must not have any design or detail that attracts attention. This means clothes worn should not bear any fancy details that will cause someone to turn their heads at you – thus Muslims often wear clothes that don’t have prints nor in bright colors.
There are different interpretations for modesty depending on the country that you are in. Some Muslim women wear ordinary casual clothes but wear a scarf over their heads like the hijab. Hijab means clothing that follows the laws of Allah but more commonly it is a square piece of fabric that’s folded, covers the head, and fastened under the chin, and covering the neck and shoulders. Another popular choice is the Chador, which is an enveloping cloak that covers the head to the feet without fastening the front –which is a common piece of Muslim clothing in Iran. A few years ago, the burqini garnered attention when it was launched by the Ahiida company.
An alternative choice for Muslim women who want to go swimming, the burqini is a swimsuit that covers the entire body except for the hands and feet. It looks like a wetsuit with a built-in hood that adheres to the conditions of Muslim clothing.
There are many ways that Muslim women incorporate the conditions of the laws of Allah to the way they dress. Some may wear an abaya but don designer clothes underneath, whereas some show their Western clothes but wear a hijab over their heads. Though some may look at Muslim clothing as restrictive, Muslim women all over the world have made their own little ways to express themselves but still adhering to the laws of Allah.
Author Kristinsson Magz