Category Archives: Mens / Womens clothing
Is praying in pants invalid?
Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan has issued a fatwa stating that if a woman prays in tight clothes that show the shape of her ‘awrah, her prayer is valid, although she is sinning by wearing these clothes.
- It is not permissible to wear tight clothes which show the limbs and the shape of a woman’s body and buttocks.
- Tight clothes are not permissible for men or women, but it is especially forbidden for women, because the fitnah in their case is greater.
With regard to praying in particular, if a person prays with his ‘awrah covered in such clothes, his prayer is valid in and of itself, because the ‘awrah is covered, but he is sinning by praying in tight clothes, because he has transgressed one of the prescribed requirements of prayer by wearing tight clothes.
This is one aspect.
- Another aspect is that it is a cause of temptation and attracts attention, especially in the case of women.
- So women should cover themselves with loose garments which will cover them and not show any of the limbs of their body or attract attention.
- So it should not be a thin or see-through garment, rather it should be a concealing garment which will cover the woman completely. End quote.
Al-Muntaqa min Fataawa al-Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan, 3/454
Wearing short or tight clothes in front of other women and mahrams ?
So there is no ‘awrah between a man and his wife.
But between a woman and her mahrams, she has to cover her ‘awrah.
It is not permissible to wear tight clothing, either in front of one’s mahrams or in front of other women, if it is excessively tight and shows the woman’s charms.
(Fataawa al-Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen, 2/825)
Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan, may Allaah preserve him, said:
It is not permissible for a woman to wear short clothes in front of her children and mahrams, or to uncover more than is customary in front of them of that which will not cause any fitnah. She may wear short clothes in front of her husband only.
(Al-Muntaqaa min Fataawa Fadeelat al-Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan, 3/170)
(See: Fataawa al-Mar’ah al-Muslimah, 1/417, 418 – compiled by Ashraf ‘Abd al-Maqsood).
Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan also said:
Undoubtedly for a woman to wear something tight that shows her bodily charms is not permitted, except in front of her husband only, but in front of anybody else, it is not permitted, even if it is in the presence of other women, because she could be a bad example to others – if they see her dressing like this they may do the same.
Also: a woman is commanded to cover her ‘awrah with loose and concealing clothes in front of everyone, except for her husband.
She should cover her ‘awrah in front of women just as she does in front of men, except for what women customarily uncover in front of other women, such as :
- the face,
- hands and feet,
- whatever it may be necessary to uncover.
(al-Muntaqaa min Fataawa Fadeelat al-Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan, 3/176, 177).
What is the ruling on women wearing high heels?
Wearing high heels is not permissible because it exposes women to the risk of falling, and we are commanded in sharee’ah to avoid danger in a general sense, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
- “And do not kill yourselves” [al-Nisa’ 4:29]
- “and do not throw yourselves into destruction” [al-Baqarah 2:195]
It also makes women look taller than they really are and makes their posteriors appear more prominent, and this is a kind of deception and showing the adornments which the believing woman is forbidden to show.
as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent (like both eyes for necessity to see the way, or outer palms of hands or one eye or dress like veil, gloves, headcover, apron), and to draw their veils all over Juyoobihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husband’s fathers, or their sons, or their husband’s sons, or their brothers or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons, or their (Muslim) women (i.e. their sisters in Islam)” [al-Noor 24:31]
From Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, Majallat al-Buhooth, 9/46.
Requirements for proper Islamic dress for a woman
Being a Muslim Woman, how must they wear their attire to say that she is a muslim woman?
Scholars have specified the requirements of the Muslim-woman’s proper dress before al-ajaanib (lit. foreigners, i.e., those to whom marriage is permissible) from both the Glorious Qur’aan and the sunnah.
Once a woman adheres to such conditions, she can wear whatever she likes and go out into public places so far as her hijaab complies with the Islamic law.
A summary of the requirements are as follows:
- It should cover the whole body.
- It should be thick enough, i.e. non-transparent or translucent.
- It should be loose and not tight on her body.
- It should not be decorated or ornate such as to attract onlookers.
- It should not be perfumed.
- It should not be considered libaas al-shuhrah.
- It should not resemble the dress of men.
- It should not resemble the dress of the unbelievers.
- It should not bear crosses or depictions of anything with a soul (humans, animals, etc).
This is a summary of the requirements according to the Islamic shari’ah. A complete answer with the major daleel for each one shall be published in shaa’ Allaah.
Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
Our advice is that women should not wear trousers because this is the dress of kaafir women, so they should not wear them.
A woman should only wear women’s clothes, the dress of her own country; she should not deviate from that.
She should strive to wear concealing and modest clothes which are not tight or see-through, but which cover her and do not show the shape of the body, and which do not resemble the clothes of the kuffaar or of men, or a dress of fame and vanity.
Majmoo’ Fataawa wa Maqaalaat Mutanawwi’ah li Samaahat al-Shaykh al-‘Allaamah ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him), vol. 9, p. 43